Since his creation by Morgan Taylor in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has become an international phenomenon, acclaimed by The New York Times as “A cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Entertainment Weekly praised “…The most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain—both adult and kid… absurdly appealing.”
Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a funny and touching multimedia performance of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling. With its unique crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold shows and across the U.S. with 60 piece symphony orchestras. Gustafer the character is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods.
The award-winning Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets include Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wide World (2007), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Have You Never Been Yellow? (2007), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever (2009), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock (2011), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day (2012), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom (2014), the Grammy® Nominated Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns (2015) and 2017’s CD-only release Brighter Side. With strong, character-driven content, Taylor also produces an ever-growing line of plush action figures, including Gustafer and Slim the Eel, and the first two members of the “Evilhood of Mean Foods” — Cakenstein and Baconstein!
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Morgan Taylor moved to New York City in 1999, honing his songwriting skills while concurrently becoming a successful sound engineer. A self-taught cartoonist raised on MAD Magazine and Marvel comics, Taylor began drawing what would become the Gustafer Yellowgold videos as a picture book project in winter 2004, during breaks of touring as the multi-instrumentalist for Autumn Defense, featuring WILCO’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. Taylor played the first live Gustafer Yellowgold concert with music and moving images in the summer of 2005 while on tour in Seoul, Korea.