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This Children's Book Is All About a Black, Gay Santa Claus

VICE sat down with author Daniel Kibblesmith to hear how 'Santa's Husband' came to be, and how folks are reacting to it.

VICE sat down with author Daniel Kibblesmith to hear how 'Santa's Husband' came to be, and how folks are reacting to it.

VICE Staff

Back in October, author Daniel Kibblesmith and illustrator A.P. Quach published Santa's Husband, a children's book chronicling the life of a black, gay Santa Claus and his partner, Mr. Claus. Kibblesmith came under attack after the book hit store shelves—but folks open to the idea of a more inclusive portrait of Christmas rallied to his defense.

On this episode of Daily VICE, we met up with Kibblesmith to hear how he came up with the idea for his book, and what it took to pull off writing it. He walked us through his process, showed us a few early sketches, and talked through some of the best—and worst—reactions people have had to his holiday opus.