The Story of Donald Thumb
by Scott Hot
Semichaotic Press / November, 2019
40 pages, 6” x 8” softcover $15.00 USD
“The Story of Donald Thumb” is a dark comedy fairy tale created for our times. It’s a combination of comedy, politics, and poetry – a heady elixir of humor and psychology that looks like a children’s picture book. The book is available globally for purchase on Amazon.com and other Amazon country sites.
Forty illustrated pages walk us through a humorous story about the perils of feeling like you’re never enough. It’s a modern day fable about feeling empty inside. A combination of simple bright illustrations with direct captions that illuminate the life of Donald Thumb, the central character who gets more but feels like less. Any resemblance to persons living or dead should be plainly obvious.
Author/Cartoonist Scott Hot has created a picture book of twisted fun that mirrors the strangeness of modern politics. It captures the insanity and bleakness of the current cultural landscape through the life and times of the oh-so-fictional Donald Thumb.
In other words, it’s got pictures and words that deliver a healthy dose of sharp satire in this bizarre era.
About the Author
Scott hot is a cartoonist and author of the Evil Clown Alphabet and his new book, The Story of Donald Thumb.
His illustration style is characterized by a loose chaotic line style and gritty textures. His writing often combines bleakness and comedy in unexpected ways. He is largely a self-taught cartoonist who counts Bugs Bunny, Douglas Adams, and the ever crushing burden of modern living as primary influences on his art.
He lives in Montreal, Quebec with a cat that isn’t his.
Q&A with the Author
Q. How did this book come about?
For a few weeks I has been making doodles of a business man with a thumb head. One night I went to sleep and in a dream, it occurred to me that the thumb headed business man’s name was Donald Thumb.
From there, in my mind, I rapidly started to write a story to match the title. This activity woke me up. I knew I had to write it down or else my brain would stay in overdrive and not let me sleep so I got up wrote the story down and promptly went back to sleep.
Q. How long did it take you to create the book?
After the dream draft, I did some minor editing over the next few weeks. The illustrations took me about 3 months to figure out and create.
Q. Why do you like the illustrated format for your work?
Together words and illustrations can sometimes mean more than either alone. I love picture books with a darker bent to them like The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein or The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey.
There’s a certain magic created when the right words meet the right image. That’s what inspires me.
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