43 Monsters

Arthur Bradford & Chuck Webster

Published by Manic D Press in partnership with Planthouse

Enter the colorful world of 43 Monsters, where each monster has special hopes, quirky dreams, and deep feelings of its own. Monster Brokeosurus introduces curious readers to each monster as we are guided through the imaginary realm of the fictitious monster-creator Charlie Wedster. An inspiration for young artists and entertaining for all, let your imagination run wild as these lovable monsters steal your heart!

Founded in 1984, award-winning independent publisher Manic D Press has more than 200 titles in print, including A Rule Is To Break: A Childʼs Guide to Anarchy by John & Jana.


When artist Chuck Webster was a child in the 1970s, he spent an unusual amount of time drawing monsters and naming them. His parents loved these drawings so much they kept them tucked away in a safe spot, thinking that Chuck might enjoy seeing the artwork years later as an adult.

When Webster showed the drawings to Planthouse Gallery curator Katie Michel, she envisioned a fine art publication and contacted award-winning writer Arthur Bradford to create text to accompany the drawings. Forty-Three Monsters, a limited edition artist book printed in Italy by Trifolio, was published by Planthouse in 2014.

Michel then had the vision to introduce the project to independent trade publisher Manic D Press, known for its imaginative book list, and a childrenʼs trade edition came to life. Author Bradford reworked the original irreverent text to make it accessible for all ages, and Scott Idleman of Blink Design created a visually compelling, sophisticated book for children of all ages.


Arthur Bradford is an O. Henry Award-winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His first book, Dogwalker, was published by Knopf and Vintage paperback. His most recent book,Turtleface and Beyond, has been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Chuck Webster is an artist known for his abstract paintings and drawings. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His childhood drawings provide the artwork in 43 Monsters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


ISBN 978-1-933149-92-9.
Full-color hardcover
9 x 6 inches, 88 pages.




“…Each painting is very much its own pictorial being: vulnerable, rambunctious and fully inhabited.” — Roberta Smith, The New York Times

“…Paintings… as buoyant as they are disconcerting.” — Art in America

“… Bradfordʼs stories are stealthily tender and strangely moving.” – Bookforum

“…Bradfordʼs work is surreal yet understated in its strangeness.” – Electric Literature