World-renowned illustrator, author, comic strip artist, and songwriter, Guy Gilchrist is best known as Jim Henson’s cartoonist. He created the “Muppets” comic strip (printed worldwide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986), and was instrumental in Henson’s “Fraggle Rock,” and the creation of “The Muppet Babies.” Some of his iconic Muppets artwork was enshrined in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and his work was declared a National Treasure in 1984 by First Lady, Nancy Reagan.
Throughout the years, Guy Gilchrist has set his hand to some of the most beloved, high-profile cartoons, such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Looney Tunes,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Tiny Toons,” “The Pink Panther,” “Minnie Mouse,” as well as “Nancy,” created in 1938 by Ernie Bushmiller. For over 22 years (from 1995 – 2018), Guy continued the story of Nancy, Sluggo, Aunt Fritzi and all the characters of the internationally distributed strip before stepping away to pursue other interests.
Gilchrist is also an award-winning writer and illustrator of children’s books (42 titles to his name, including the acclaimed “Night Lights & Pillow Fights”), garnering Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society in the Best Book Illustrator category in both 1998 and 1999, and three Children’s Choice Awards by the International Reading Council.
His latest book, “Monster Dance,” (penned by Eva Lou with illustrations by Gilchrist, and published by Madeleine Editions) will be released internationally on October 5 as both an animated, interactive Apple book or physical book. The book teaches young children how tame the COVID-19 monster and that with proper hygiene and careful safety measures, the monster is not nearly as scary.
“Whether I’m working on a childrens’ book or a panel for a daily cartoon strip, I shine the spotlight on some of the simplest little treasures life has to offer (like a flower that springs up out of nowhere, or the joy of children on a snow day)…or I’ll point out some quirky human behavior like vanity or jealousy (Miss Piggy) or being lazy (Sluggo). I love making people smile or laugh at life–it’s what gives me the passion and the desire to do what I do.”
For more information on Guy Gilchrist, please visit aGuyGilchristProduction.com.