There were so many “likes” and encouraging comments about my Mr. Mug book, I’m a little ashamed to admit it was a joke. Mr. Mug was a product of my wry sense of humor, and came forth from whimsical doodles drawn between more “serious” projects. I didn’t think anyone would actually believe I was doing a children’s book in which the main character apparently kills himself.
My favorite children’s book creator, Shel Silverstein, had a dry & dark sense of humor too. He created a picture book called “Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book” in which he playfully encourages kids to drink ink and put sugar in daddy’s gas tank because there’s a little horse in there and horses like sugar. They put a big “For Adults Only” sticker on the cover lest it turned kids into homicidal demons.
I’m grateful for the support anyway. I’m lucky to have supportive friends and family who want to see my work published. Perhaps one day I’ll actually do a book staring Mr. Mug — he seems to be a likable guy.
Meanwhile, a REAL project is nearing completion. Stay tuned!