Celebrity funnyman and political satirist Stephen Colbert is publishing a children's book...
...and many of the writers and illusators I know are outraged.
Personally, I don't think it's a big deal at all. This is a (very intelligent) comedian doing what comedians do--make JOKES. If anything, I think he's bringing attention to the sad fact that a celebrity can easily have a (often poorly written) book published. This fact is not lost on him -- It's what he's trying to poke fun at!
"It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write a children's book," Colbert said in a statement. "I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it."
Is this REALLY even a children's book? Is Barnes & Noble going to put it on their picture book rack knowing that the people who may look for it will be 20something Colbert fans? It's a tongue-in-cheek book for fans of his comedy and will be marketed as such.
As I prospective writer and illustrator, I'm going to be more worried about the things I can control... And continue enjoying a very funny, unique talent.