I see teens and hipster kids wearing the various Hargreaves characters all the time. You know, the Mr. Men and Little Miss booklets that showcased a variety of moods and behaviors? No? Go here for a refresher, then continue.
Okay, so it’s no secret that I wanted to be an animator when I grew up. Grow up. When I was eleven I announced that’s what I would be. I wasn’t going to let a little thing like a lack of drawing talent get in the way. I share the same birthday as some famous animator dude, so why couldn’t that just sort of, you know, rub off?
That I didn’t become an animator, and how I didn’t, is a much longer story for another time. But I love keeping tabs on animators and visit about as many animator’s blogs as I do kidlit writer’s blogs. I can’t help it. It’s just never going to go away. One of those bloggers is Nate Wragg. I love this thing he has for yeti. His style speaks to my love of mid-century modern, the 1950s visual style of Disney’s Toot, Whistle, Plunk, Boom. One day (when I win the lottery or a MacArthur Foundation grant) I will buy some of his work.
Right now, though, he’s done a brilliant thing and created, for fun, Roger Hargreaves-type characters to match the current American political race. If someone were to make a t-shirt with these two side by side I think I could afford that. Do, go check it out.