One day a year he is Santa Claus, but the other 364 days Dan Santat works as a children's book writer and commercial illustrator. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, The Replacements.
Dan graduated with honors from the Art Center, College of Design.
He lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, a cat, a bird, and one rabbit
For some time I had been looking for a project that would be just right for Dan's sensibilities. Crazy giant rabbits from outer space fit that bill.
Here is Dan's first sketch. A pretty good start. But something isn't right yet. This book is about crazy giant bunnies. I want to see that bunny big and looming. Kinda like this.
Much better! We tweaked the title a bit and things seem to be going along just fine. But of course we still have some meddling left to do.
After a cover meeting the group felt that the bunny might be too scary. I thought how can bunnies be scary?
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