S.britt v. The Bremen Town Musicians
- Who are you and what do you do?
Stephan Britt, a former railroad model and model prisoner is widely known throughout the world for his wildly successful “Potato Ladkas for the Soul” self-help books which have been translated from the original gibberish into 67 languages in over 3 states and climbing. He first developed his zeal for drawing in childhood, in the course of a particularly extended bout of nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), which lasted close to 17 years. During this time, S.britt passed his days by drawing anything and on everything that wasn’t dripping wet. After graduating high school with full dishonors at the age of 26, he then entered the military and subsequently exited 4 years later with a purple heart and a prosthetic head. Meanwhile, he recorded a Top 20 hit single chronicling his time during the war, entitled “Nothin’ But Neck.” Later, settling in rural Conetoe, North Carolina, S.britt married his teenage bride and third cousin (whose teeth were twice removed), Ida O’Gratin, where together they raised anywhere from 5 to 11 children (citation needed). He continued to draw, despite his physical limitations and his artistic shortcomings, until he was discovered by a high powered publisher, whose birdbath he had gravely desecrated. After seeing his eccentric etchings, S.britt was immediately signed to a 50 book contract and ordered to repair the damage he had done to the azaleas and the family horse. Now 87 and in failing health, Mr. Britt continues to release a new book each and every week (except on leap years) and greatly looks forward to one day achieving the honorable distinction of being found not guilty by reason of insanity.
- Why did you pick the story you chose?
There weren’t any big words that I couldn’t sound out myself! That and I’ve always loved lyrical livestock.
Well, if that bio didn’t hook you into Picture Book Report, I’m afraid nothing will. Check back on February 17 to see Stephan’s first illustration for The Bremen Town Musicians! And of course, explore his beautifully fun portfolio, take a spin in his shop, and if you’re still needing more his Flickr is chock-full of interesting things.
Our last intro for the day is from the esteemed Daniel Krall. What’s he got in store for you? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see.