On the fictional island of Mutasia, all of the inhabitants are a mix of two or more different animals. And here in the real land of Los Angeles, the creators of this wacky island – and the series of children’s books, animation, music and toys based on it – will be paying a visit or two.
At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 18 and 19 on the USC campus, Mutasian Entertainment will have a booth in the McCarthy Quad red zone. Visitors will be able to meet author and co-founder Suzanne Cotsakos, vice president of art and design Ryan McCulloch, co-founder Tami Cotsakos and CEO Brigitte Van Baelen, as well as the fun characters from the island of Mutasia.
The team will also make a visit to Dixie Canyon Elementary School in Sherman Oaks on April 21 to present an interactive Mutasia event. The team will autograph books for the students, and author Suzanne Cotsakos, who is also the voice of the character Figley, will read from Mutasia books. Illustrator Ryan McCulloch, who doubles as the voice of the character Chadwick, will share character-drawing tips and fun educational activities.
The unique Mutasia characters are designed to encourage children to embrace individuality, accept differences and try new things, and the books have won several awards – including multiple Mom’s Choice awards, and honors from the Los Angeles Book Festival and the Pacific Rim Book Festival.
Learn more about Mutasia at www.mutasia.com.