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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