Who's the Creator of Hippococo?
Hippococo is the brain child of illustrator, designer and writer Mario Dubé. Engineering and medicine was his core background and he served lastly in the medical field for over 10 years working long hours in his own practice.
At the birth of his son, family became TOP priority of his life as he realized that quality time with them was worth more than ANYTHING. This is when Mario made a conscious decision to dedicate his life to his new journey and his family; his wife Ingrid and his 5 years old son Liam, the sources of his inspiration.
Hippococo started to see light through the help of his son. One of the favorite activity of Liam is to enjoy a day at the zoo. His favorite animal is the hippopotamus; strong, beautiful and just adorable. Seeing how excited and engaged his son gets in presence of those beautiful animals, Mario wanted to explore his long time buried creative and imaginative side. He began to draw hippos for his son’s enjoyment. This is when Hippococo came to life.
As a child and growing adult, Mario’s head was often in the clouds and he was told he would never do anything good by school principals. This often leads to sadness and lack of confidence in adolescents. Nevertheless, Mario was able to obtain 2 bachelor’s degrees, 1 masters and was candidate for a doctorate. However, Mario never imagined that he would go back to his source as an artist.
This passion has purposed Mario to create products that build self esteem and inspire children to BELIEVE in themselves!
The message of Hippococo is simple; Anything is possible and YOU CAN BE exactly what you dream of. Imagination is the starting point of your true persona.