Ray Shappell was a graphic designer at HarperCollins Children's Books and is now currently employed at RandomHouse publishing and occasionally working as a freelance artist.[6]


Ray Shappell was born and raised in Sewell, New Jersey. He graduated from Clearview Regional High School of Mullica Hill, NJ in 2000[2] and moved to Brooklyn to pursue a degree in art and design at Pratt Institute.[2] He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in communication design May 2004 from the Pratt Institute, but continued to occasionally teach at his alma mater between 2004-2006.[3] In 2006, Shappell was awarded a gold medal for the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for individual institutional.[3]
Shappell began working freelance in 2005 and has continued since.[3] Between February and December of 2006, he worked for an advertising company known as McGarryBowen where he worked with clients such as Verizon, Chase, Reebok, Wall Street Journal, and Disney. He worked at HarperCollins Publishers as a graphic designer specializing in book design from December 2006 to April 2014.[3] From there, he began work at RandomHouse in the children's book creating the concept and designing jackets for teen and young adult novel series.[3]


Shappell designed the book jacket for Firestar's Quest in the Warriors series. His other works include:
  • Placebo Junkies[7]
  • Illuminate: The Illuminate Files_01 [7]
  • This Way Home[7]
  • Dorothy Must Die[7]
  • Guy in Real Life [7]
  • Crash and Burn[7]
  • I Am Number Four[7]
  • 3:59[7]
  • Avalon[7]
  • The Scar Boys[7]

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Real-Life Persons involved with Erin Hunter's Warriors series
Authors and editors Victoria HolmesErica SussmanKate CaryCherith BaldryTui SutherlandClarissa Hutton
Illustrators Wayne McLoughlinOwen RichardsonAllen DouglasDave Stevenson
Jacket designers Megan StittKarin PaprockiRay ShappellRob HultHilary ZaryckyEllice Lee
Manga team James BarryDan JolleyBettina KurkoskiDon HudsonLouis CsontosLucas Rivera
Audiobook narrators MacLeod AndrewsNanette SavardKathleen Mclnerney
Warriors movie David Heyman
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