Saving Santa is a humorous and lightly satirical holiday fantasy for all ages, reimagining Santa Claus as the conflicted C.E.O. of a modern business enterprise. Written by Arun Narayanan and illustrated by Jessica Warrick, Saving Santa is published by Scout Comics.
Lucy Goodshoe, an idealistic young elf from the North Pole inner city, just landed her dream job: assistant to Santa Claus, the CEO, founder, and face of the multibillion-dollar, global toy manufacturing and distribution empire known as North Pole Industries.
But Lucy quickly discovers things are not so jolly on the top floor. While Santa has been distracted by fortune and fame, his bitter co-founder Rudy Rednose has pushed the company to ruthlessly focus on profit over everything else, firing hundreds of hardworking elves in favor of soulless robots. And this year before Christmas Eve, Rudy plans to replace Santa and his reindeer with a robot Santa and drones!
But Lucy loves Christmas too much to let that happen, and now that she has access to the company's inner workings, maybe she can stop him! If she can remind Santa Claus of who he used to be before corporate interests sapped his Christmas spirit, then Lucy and Santa just might be able to take the company back and save Christmas—before it’s too late!
Arun Narayanan is a screenwriter born and raised in the Connecticut suburbs and currently based in Hollywood, California. He is an alum of the Universal Writers Lab and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He's also the creator and star of the Webby and YouTube Streamy award-nominated digital series Arun Considers; a producer and video editor who has worked on independent feature films, shorts, music videos, corporate videos, and branded content; and he has played a significant role in metadata research & development at The Walt Disney Company and Netflix. Saving Santa is his debut work as an author, written in conjunction with a spec feature film script.
Jessica’s career began with cartooning for her college newspapers, gaining recognition for her political cartoons and comic strips through the Young Journalism Awards. Jessica soon moved on to illustrating children's books, her first one being a Christmas-themed story. She has continued illustrating picture books for over 15 years and has had the pleasure of working with a variety of publishers including Scholastic, Chronicle Books, HarperCollins, Heinemann, and many others. She is also honored to have illustrated Hammer & Nails (published by Flashlight Press), an award-winning, starred Kirkus-reviewed children’s book. Jessica’s versatile art career continues to evolve, adding botanical illustration and pattern design to her repertoire. Her wallpaper designs are currently showcased on her website and through Robin Sprong Wallpaper.