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Jim Henson's Cartoonist Visits Evansville To Promote COVID-19 Children's Book

Guy Gilchrist has a passion to make people smile through his artwork, in this book titled "Monster's Dance" children will better understand that there can be a positive side to a global pandemic.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 10:57 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2020 9:34 AM

The man behind the pencil of the famous Muppet Babies is out promoting his new book, "Monster Dance" Illustrator Guy Gilchrist made a stop in Evansville.

The cartoonist who drew for Jim Henson and others is using the new book to teach kids about COVID-19 through art.

The plan is to pay it forward to sick children and hospital workers.

"How it all started was my mom was a waitress, in my small hometown in Connecticut, she would take me to work with her everyday at her diner, to keep me occupied she would put paper and pencils in front of me and I would draw, and thats how it all started at 10-years-old," says Gilchrist.

"Jim (Henson) wanted a comic strip of the Muppet's and I was the one hired after a two year search" adds Gilchrist.
The Muppet's journey began in 1982. Gilchrist's vision was to make people smile.

"Well you're not suppose to know my name, you are suppose to know the art if I am any good at it, and that was my whole dream, was to make you smile, thats the whole thing" says the man behind the pencil.

Aside from the Muppet Babies and making people smile the long time cartoonist had a hand in so many famous charters brought to life on the big screen and in print.

"I loved Bugs Bunny and The Tasmanian Devil, and all that growing up, and I got to be the guy drawing that, and Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, its awesome" says Gilchrist.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Gilchrist did what he does best, draw! The father and grandfather put his skills to the test to bring good out of a time that has been so bad for so many.  The book "Monster Dance" is to try to support children and their insecurities during this crisis" says Gilchrist.

The book will be online October 5.

Some of the proceeds will go to help front-line healthcare workers with masks and other medical needs. 

Books will be donated to hospitals for children all across the united states, even the world to enjoy.

To date Gilchrist has authored more than 50+ children's books.

With three children's choice awards, infact Gilchrists' work on the Muppet's was enshrined in the Smithsonian in 1984.

First Lady Nancy Reagan declaring him "a national treasure".

"Never give up, like the rainbow connection tells us, life is like a movie, write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending, thats what I did"

Gilchrist was at the Comic Quest book store in Evansville. 

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