Maurice Sendak, Famed WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Creator, Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, famous for his timeless illustrated classic, "Where the Wild Things Are," passed away May 8 from complications caused by an earlier stroke.

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By Jericho McCune - 5/8/2012


Maurice Sendak was most famous for his book "Where the Wild Things Are." Although the illustrated classic that fueled the imaginations of millions is considered a children's story, Sendak wanted to be known as something more. in a 2002 interview he stated “I wanted to be acknowledged as an artist, not just some kiddie-book artist.”

Sendak's career may be highlighted by children's books, but the self-taught artist was much more. A former window-dresser, Sendak's illustrations were just one of his many talents. He also designed costumes and sets for the theater, including collaborations with a Tony-award winning playwright and a Pacific Northwest Ballet production of The Nutcracker.

Young fans will most remember him from Spike Jonze's big-screen adaptation of his seminal work. The movie Where the Wild Things Are was viewed skeptically by critics when it was formerly announced, but it's arrival in theaters was well-received and reopened the imaginations of fans worldwide.

Although technically not a comic book, the illustrated masterpieces Sendak created taught generations of kids the value of combining art and words. His pictures inspired many to go on to careers that fill the pages of thousands of illustrated books, from children's work to graphic novels. They also inspired many more to do something simpler - just dream.

Maurice Sendak will be missed by the millions he helped inspire.








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jerichomccune - 5/8/2012, 9:59 AM
DrStrangeFan - 5/8/2012, 10:00 AM
You will be missed
JatevinM - 5/8/2012, 10:05 AM
My favorite childrens book
Bucht - 5/8/2012, 10:17 AM
Unfortunate that he lived to see that abomination of a movie from a few years back.
RorMachine - 5/8/2012, 10:30 AM
That was a great movie imo.

Anyway, loved the book, R.I.P
JatevinM - 5/8/2012, 10:57 AM
That was not an abomination of a movie it was really good.
THEDARKNIGHT100 - 5/8/2012, 11:26 AM
i loved the film and book
Jollem - 5/8/2012, 12:39 PM
own the movie
SotNatt - 5/8/2012, 1:13 PM
I'm with Number One. I refuse to accept this. This man is so human, so funny, and, along with Shel Silverstein, his words were my childhood.



I'll just leave that here.
mgeoff88 - 5/8/2012, 3:00 PM
RIP, Mr. Sendak.

I loved the book as kid. I think it was actually my favorite book if I'm remembering right.

I didn't watch the movie though. Something about the trailer didn't live up to the expectations of how I imagined it in my mind.
Thegoddamnbatman52 - 5/8/2012, 4:38 PM
Rip, this man was a legged and has inspired me more than anyone else possibly could, he made me realize throu his works and lectures how precious childhood is and I know when I have kids of my own I want to give them the best childhood possible
FlixMentallo21 - 5/8/2012, 5:32 PM
Oh man, I am now going to hang on to my copy of WTWTA for quite some time, share it with my own kids...
I once went to an art exhibit based on Where the Wild Things Are during my first time in San Francisco.

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