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Kean Soo

Kean Soo is a comic book illustrator living near Toronto, Ontario. He was born in England, grew up in Hong Kong, and studied electrical engineering in Canada. His Jellaby comics began as serialized comics posted on a website.


Fiction (Juvenile, Graphic novel)

Jellaby (Vol. 1)

Bolton, ON: H.B. Fenn & Co., 2008.
New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2008.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Quiet, brilliant Portia has just moved to a new neighborhood with her mom. Adjusting to life without a father is hard enough, but school is boring and her classmates are standoffish — and even Portia’s mom is strangely distant. But things start looking up when Portia mounts a late-night excursion into the woods behind her house and discovers a shy, sweet-natured purple monster. Life with Jellaby is a lot more exciting, but Portia’s purple friend has secrets of his own; secrets that may even lead to the mystery of Portia’s father’s disappearance,

Awards and Honours

2009 Joe Shuster Awards, Dragon Prize: Comics for Kids (Winner)


Fiction (Juvenile, Graphic novel)

Jellaby, Monster in the City

Bolton, ON: H.B. Fenn & Co., 2009.
New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2009.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

As Portia, Jason, and Jellaby continue their journey through the city of Toronto, Portia is torn between her friendship with Jellaby and her duty to help the sweet monster find his way back to his home. How can Portia say goodbye forever, when Jellaby has become her best friend?

Awards and Honours

2010 Joe Shuster Awards, Dragon Prize: Comics for Kids Award (Finalist)

Fiction (Juvenile, Graphic novel)

March Grand Prix: The Fast and the Furriest

North Mankato, MN: Capstone Young Readers, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis

March Hare wants to be the fastest and furriest racecar driver around. But first, this rabbit racers will have to prove his skill at the speedway, on the streets, and in the desert. With pedal-to-the-metal illustrations and full-throttle action, March is sure to be a winner!

Soo notes that this trade edition collects three 48-page comics: The Race at Harewood, The Baker’s Run, and The Great Desert Rally.


Kean Soo personal website

Publisher Capstone

Publisher Hyperion Books for Children

Publisher H.B. Fenn and Co.