Lideamagazine.com: L’IDEA: Guy, you have been drawing “Nancy” for 19 years now; it has probably become part of you, almost as if you created it, although the strip appeared for the first time in 1938 and the Nancy as a character was first drawn in 1933. How different is the experience of creating a strip from scratch, creating a strip based on someone else’s characters, as you did for “The Muppets,” and drawing a strip that has been around already so many years, as “Nancy” is?
GUY GILCHRIST: Nancy really has become a part of my life and a part of my heart; you know, writing and drawing something for 19 years, every single day of your life, has that effect. I’m certainly not the same person I was when I began or anywhere in the middle. And I look back now at 19 years and can see the effects of the different things that were going on in my life at the time. When I was writing and drawing for Jim Henson and the Muppets I was trying to please Jim. Also, I was very scared; I was just a kid starting out and I was given a worldwide stage to either succeed on or fail. No pressure, you know. The Muppets definitely all had incredibly wonderful personalities, which were already very well evolved. Basically, my job was to take these wonderful, crazy characters with all of this life and color and music and warmth and try to find a way to translate that into a daily comic strip. Sometimes it felt like I was trying to get a 100 piece orchestra into a phone booth! When you’re doing your own comic strip, characters that you’ve created all by yourself, then it really is a totally different thing. You truly are like an eagle flying endless skies with no barriers to your creativity but your own mind and talents.
Guy Gilchrist. You might NOT know his name, but I bet you know his work. At 24 he was hand selected to draw Jim Henson’s Muppet Comic Strip – he co-created Muppet Babies and has been the artist behind such iconic characters as Tom & Jerry, Fraggle Rock, The Pink Panther and for the last 20 years – he’s the man behind the internationally read comic strip – Nancy. 57 million people read Nancy every day and Guy has published 56 children’s books – His work is even in the Smithsonian. Guy is a strong Christian and loves to share his stories, his art and his humor. Find out more at www.NancyandSluggo.com If you missed Guy’s stories on the morning show – catch up now.
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