26 Twits – about ‘postcards from retirement’

Nick Parker and Maya Chapman.


It’s always struck me that although a unique and magical place, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory still has the same pressures as any business: recruiting good staff, developing new products, and, of course, ‘succession planning’… so it seemed likely that Mr Wonka would have the same trouble letting go as any other workaholic CEO.

I asked Maya to illustrate my story because her dad had posted some of her pictures on Twitter. I particularly liked the one below, which she drew when she was cross because she didn’t think her drawings were turning out any good. I think she captured Willy Wonka’s sudden retirement loneliness perfectly.

Me and Maya have never actually spoken. This is because she is very busy with other important illustration projects. I asked her assistant to pass on a few questions about the Willy Wonka story. Here are her answers:


What did you like about Nick’s story?
I liked it because it was different to the other Charlie ones.  It wasn’t about people doing loads of different stuff, just Willie Wonka writing letters.


What made you decide to draw what you did?
I just tried to draw it exactly what I thought the scene would look like. 


What would you like people to think when they look at your picture?
I’d like them to think that it is exactly like Nick’s story.
What’s your favourite funny-sounding word?

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