MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Chair Marshall Arisman has a new children’s book and animation project in the works, whimsically titled The Cat Who Invented Bebop. The book, written and illustrated by Arisman and soon to be published by Creative Editions, features feline characters dressed up in jazz-age clothes and sporting saxophones, trumpets and other bebop instruments. Arisman is also creating an animated-film companion piece; to view the film’s trailer on YouTube, click here.
Another children’s book is on the way from department alumnus Deborah Durland DeSaix (MFA 1986 Illustration as Visual Essay). Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon (Holiday House) is a non-fiction book for young readers, co-written by DeSaix and Karen Gray Ruelle. Using text, photos and a detailed historical timeline, the book tells the real-life stories of children who were hidden in the south of France during WWII by the residents of a small village.
Image: Marshall Arisman, from The Cat Who Invented Bebop, 2007.