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Mark Terry put his filmmaking skills to the test by creating his first children’s book

Movie stuntman Mark Terry moved to Playa del Rey in 2007 to produce the movie “Live Evil,” which was released on Netflix in 2009. To make the movie look like it was shot in 2007, he hired image and comic strip artists. to help reuse images.

After the project was completed, the artists wanted to continue working with Terry on another project.

“I had the idea to do a children’s book,” said Terry.

He majored in writing and had a background in scriptwriting, but never thought of writing picture books until he saw a little coyote that kept popping up in the video footage from an outdoor camera he had purchased.

“I kept seeing this little coyote appear, so I turned to my girlfriend and said, ‘Look, here’s Kyle the coyote! “”, Did he declare. “That’s how the story was born and I started working with these artists while I was writing a story.”

Terry’s first book, “Kyle the Coyote: Lost in the Desert,” released April 3, is about a young coyote pup who gets lost in the desert and as he tries to find his family he encounters different animals along the way. Terry said the book helps teach children what to do if they are ever separated from their parents.

“The story kind of wrote itself because I already had all the characters in my head when I saw all these characters on my camera,” Terry said.

Terry also wanted his book to educate people about coyotes and their way of life. He said living in Playa del Rey where there are wetlands near marinas, many Californians are afraid of coyotes and talk a lot about finding ways to get rid of them.

“I’m not an animal rights activist or anything, but coyotes are just like any other parent,” Terry said. “It’s the perfect way to tell a story about not being judgmental.”

The book is an easy-to-read tale with illustrations by Alex Sarabia, an illustrator Terry met while restoring one of his movies, “Samurai Priest Vampire Hunter.”

“Alex did a lot of artwork for the movie’s comic transitions,” Terry said. “As we waited for the sound mix to finish, all the elements to make ‘Kyle the Coyote’ were right in front of me.”

Sarabia’s art is drawn and colored by hand, and for a more detailed edition of the book, Terry wanted to print a few offset copies for a higher quality edition of the book. The two have even created print activities like coloring pages and link prints which can all be found on the book’s website.

“Kyle the Coyote”


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