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25 March 2014


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Sam Sawdy

This comment comes from the UK. I am in the process of creating a highly visual, lots of characters very illustrative children's comic style book. And working with a great illustrator. For my own reasons I requested to include people of all sorts. Other than the main character being a little odd, with hands made from hair (that may sound weirder than it is), a blue man, a midget with big arms, an old lady, a black man with a moustache, a mixed race couple - sneakily on a notice board advertising tennis, and a group of people, where in the background there is a clear visual though everyone in this particular scene is grey, one can see clearly a man with rasta hair. And also a talking shark.

I agree with this comment completely about under representation, but there is sometimes a random kids reading book that have misplaced people in them and you know they have been told to include a "token" (to quote south park if i may) person of colour. I think it isn't so much the underrepresentation, more so actual characters of substance included in children's books. And in a sense that is down to the author not the illustrator of the pictures.

Being someone who has been around all walks of life and have friends from all walks of life, it was very easy for me to pull on that life and visualise my characters from here there and every where. Because it is my book and that is what I wanted. People create books for different reasons - my point is, you just have to wait for someone to make these books from the heart, not to fit quoters.

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