“Weird” is a word that children’s author and filmmaker Gerry Gibson uses as a term of endearment when he talks about himself and his stories.
“Weird is sort of my affectionate term for being different and unique and just kind of embracing it,” Gibson said. “I think a lot of people would see that as a negative word, and I don’t.”
Recently, Gibson released his first children’s book titled “Randolph the Christmas Moose: A Yuletide Fable of Empowerment” (Loving Healing Press). It is a story about acceptance, self-confidence and standing up for what you believe in, as readers follow Randolph the Moose’s journey to join the reindeer in Santa’s flight school.
Gibson grew up in Winston-Salem. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC-Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has worked as an English teacher and soccer coach at West Stokes High School. Matt Taylor of Winston-Salem, the illustrator of his new book, was one of his students and soccer players while he was at West Stokes.
Gibson is the video marketing director for Go-Forth Pest Control, based in Greensboro. He is also a volunteer content creator for The Toffee Blues — Everton Fan Channel, based in Liverpool, England; and a volunteer soccer coach for NC Fusion.