'Goofus and Gallant' (May 2017).

Leslie Harrington is an American illustrator of children's books and magazines, based in the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington. Since 2006 she is the author of the long-running moralistic 'Goofus and Gallant' comic strip in the educational monthly Highlights for Children.

Desiring to become an interior designer, Harrington got her training at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration, Graphic Design and Fine Art in 1986. There, she dropped her initial ambition, and turned to illustration and watercolor painting instead. She eventually found her spot as a background painter in Seattle's gaming industry, where she developed her digital skills.

Gaming industry
Between 1993 and 1996, Harrington took part in Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's new start-up, the software company Starwave. It produced original CD-ROM titles for stars like Clint Eastwood, Sting and Peter Gabriel, as well as the first multiplayer online role-playing game for children, 'Castle Infinity'. She then continued her career at Humongous Entertainment (1997-2000) and Hulabee Entertainment (2000-2003), where she contributed to a variety of video game titles, including the 'Pajama Sam' (1998-2000), 'Spy Fox' (1999) and 'Blue's Clues' (1998-2000) series, as well as 'Moop and Dreadly in The Treasure of Bing Bong Island' (2001), , 'Mike's Monstrous Adventure' (2002), 'Ollo in The Sunny Valley Fair' (2002), 'Treasure Planet: Training Academy' (2002) and 'Piglet's Big Game' (2003).

Children's illustrator
By the early 2000s, the work in the gaming industry decreased, and Harrington turned to children's illustration. Her work is mostly divided between educational and Christian publishing, with her client list including Regnery Kids, Oxford University Press, McGraw Hill Publishing, United Methodist Publishing House, Pearson Education, National Geographic, Scholastic, Benchmark Education and MacMillan Publishing. The first picture book she illustrated was 'Conrad Saves Pinger Park' by Carvin Winans (Marimba, 2009).

Goofus and Gallant
Since January 2006 one of her major assignments is the series 'Goofus and Gallant'  for the monthly magazine Highlights for Children. It is one of the longest-running comics features in an American magazine, created in 1938 by Garry Cleveland Myers, while Maurieta Wellman, Marion Hull Hammel, Sidney A. Quinn, Kit Wray and Anni Matsick have served as its previous illustrators. The moralistic picture stories learn children good manners by presenting on one side a mischievous child engaging in unacceptable behavior (Goofus), and on the other side a model child (Gallant) showing how it should be done. Whereas her predecessor Matsick was the first to draw the series in color, Harrington transferred it into the digital age. Nowadays she works completely paperless, creating her episodes with a Wacom, Photoshop and Click Studio Paint. She originally drew the characters rather cartoony, but by the mid-2010s the series got a simpler and more decorative new look, with shapes and textures.

Illustrations for a study booklet for the United Methodist Publishing House. 


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