1. Raymond Briggs

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    With the animated return of The Snowman to British television, in the form of Channel 4 production The Snowman and The Snowdog, it seems appropriate that we honour its creator, Raymond Briggs.

    Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon, London, England. He pursued illustration from an early age attending the Wimbledon School of Art to study painting, and Central School of Art to study typography. The release of Peter and the Piskies: Cornish Folk and Fairy Tales in 1958 kick-started Briggs’s career in children books. He then went on to to write and illustrate classics such as Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman, Jim and the Beanstalk, and graphic novels such as Gentleman Jim and it’s acclaimed sequel When the Wind Blows.

    In 1978, Hamish Hamilton published Mr. Briggs’s children’s book, The Snowman. Entirely wordless and illustrated with only pencil crayons, it truly is a work of art. Inspiring the 1982 Oscar nominated animated cartoon, which has has been shown on British television at Christmas every year since, immortalising his work in the hearts and minds of all British children.

    I would like to take this time to thank all our readers for support thus far! You have been great, so we already have lots of treats in store for you next year! From all of us at The Lounge, we hope you all have a great Christmas!