A good vs. evil holiday smackdown for the ages!! Santa Claus vs. Krampus (the yuletide demon who drags the naughty to Hell on Christmas Eve). Here’ a version of that fight I’ve been waiting all year to draw, Rise of the Guardian’s Russian Santa: Nicholas St. North versus Michael Dougherty’s Krampus!
heybilljoyce: The big man. Having his cookie and brandy milk. It was a long evening. And a grand one. But still, he cannot help but reflect on those who no longer believe. It hurts alittle. Though he takes comfort in the certainty that they will remember and the remembrance makes believers of most once again…Cheers and Merry Christmas to the grand old man !
I actually think it’s pretty important that the Man in the Moon chose Jack at just the time that he did (sorry about waiting 300 years, Jack, but you died a bit before you were needed–) because Christmas presents are supposed to be fun, and Easter Eggs are supposed to be fun, and getting coins from the Tooth fairy is supposed to be fun, but by the time Jack was picked to be a Guardian, all the rest of them seemed to have forgotten this.
They needed a child as a Guardian to help remind them of their purpose, and to help guide them in their work for the children of the Earth. Only Jack could do this, so I sort of think of him as a Guardian over the other Guardians, in this strange cycle of the Guardians overseeing the children and a child overseeing them.
//I decorated my classroom door with a secret homage to Nicholas St. North. On a whim, I created an art project for my students to make of North’s Elves (check out their work here!). Hastily conceived and executed, but they all wrote their names around the “tattoos”!
ISBN: 978-1442430433 Released Date: October 27, 2015 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 48 Author: William Joyce
Discover how Jack Frost keeps the hearts of children happy in the third picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce’s New York Times bestselling and “dazzlingly inventive” (Publishers Weekly) The Guardians of Childhood series.
Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. And while Nightlight has fun sailing icy winds and surfing clouds, he is also lonely without his friend Mim. To keep the cold in his heart from taking over, he spreads it to the landscapes around him and earns a new name: Jack Overland Frost.
But a true friend always comes through, and on one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill. It is this realization—that there will always be children who need moments of bravery, who need rosy cheeks, who need to build snowmen, and who are then eager for a spring day—that makes Jack realize why he is a forever boy, and worthy of becoming a Guardian of Childhood.