2021 58¢ Message Monsters – Pink and Red Monster
Value: 58¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: September 24, 2021
First Day City: Topeka, KS
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 18,000,000
In 2021, the USPS released a set of four Message Monsters stamps to help spark an interest in young people. To do so, USPS art director Antonio Alcalá collaborated with noted children's author and illustrator Elise Gravel.
Elise Gravel was born in 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to writer Francois Gravel and Murielle Grégoire. Gravel studied graphic design in school, but later became interested in illustrating books.
When Gravel began writing and illustrating children's literature, she included lots of zany characters with outlandish designs. This style was immediately beloved by child readers everywhere. She went on to publish more than 30 books in over 12 languages. In 2012, Gravel was recognized for her work with the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration.
According to her website, Gravel "has a passion for entertaining children with funny and endearing characters. She wants children to enjoy the world and explore it – but learn something along the way." Considering the USPS's goal of introducing younger people to stamps, Gravel was the natural choice to collaborate with on the Message Monsters designs.