Famous cartoonist Guy Gilchrist visits Huntsville comic book store

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, Buggs Bunny and of course the Muppets. They are all iconic characters that people all over the world adore. The artist behind these adorable animals and dozens more stopped by Creamer and Cache Comics on Saturday to meet fans of Guy Gilchrist’s iconic work.

“A cartoonist needs someone on the other end of the drawing to smile and it’s so nice to see you again now,” Gilchrist said.

The pandemic kept Gilchrist from going to Comic Cons and Meet and Greets, but the cartoonist did not stand still. Instead, he took action.

“I had this idea that the monsters I drew in the Muppets can bring a message,” he said.

These Muppet-like monsters personify COVID-19 in a new narrated animated book, Monster Dance, meant to encourage people to make the most of difficult times.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful for a little girl to tame this monster with patience, knowledge, and the courage to do all of these things?”

He worked with author Eva Lou to create an international book available in multiple languages. In addition to donating the book to children’s hospitals, a portion of the proceeds will go towards providing PPE to frontline workers around the world.

“Africa, India, places that really really need our help, so it’s going there now, so it’s something that is happening very on time,” he said.

Gilchrist is happy to have been able to express his creativity in a positive way over the past year, but he is excited to be back on the road doing what he loves.

“My joy has always been to take nothing and turn it into something and something that will hopefully make you very happy,” he said.

Daniel K. Denny