Monday, January 14, 2013

In Memory: Gerald McDermott

By Cynthia Leitich Smith
for Cynsations

Obituary: Gerald McDermott from Publisher's Weekly:

"Author, illustrator, and filmmaker Gerald McDermott died on December 26 at age 71. McDermott was a devoted, lifelong artist and was avidly interested in world mythologies.

"Early in his career, he created animated short films based on folklore and was a friend and colleague of mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell, becoming the first fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation."

‘Anansi the Spider’ Author/Illustrator Gerald McDermott Dies at 71 from School Library Journal:

"His first children’s book, the Caldecott Honor Anansi the Spider (Holt, 1972), based upon his animated film, retold the traditional West African tale of the clever and mischievous trickster..."


Tom Franklin said...

Back in my days as an Elementary School Librarian I read many of McDermott's books to my students. His stories well told and his illustrations were always so unique and expressive.

Alex said...

Nice tribute to a great author/illustrator.