Continuing to plug away at this graphic novel project. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the chapter closing pages. I’m over the halfway point, and hope to have the bulk of the work on this book done by Thanksgiving. I’m told by the publisher that it should have a publication date of early 2021. Not much else going on at present, but I’ll have some more ‘who was’ book samples to post next week sometime.
What I’ve been busy with for the past month or so is the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Dan Rather’s book “What Unites Us” for First Second Books. Here’s a sneak peek at a few partial pages.
This has been the most challenging project of my career, and it has been an enjoyable experience so far. I’m currently working on the 5th chapter of 16 and am hoping to have the work completed sometime before Thanksgiving for publication sometime in 2020.
Work has resumed again on the Dan Rather Graphic Novel, after the first two chapters I did in June were approved. In the meantime, I am squeezing in other work in the margins of my day. The above illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine I did yesterday afternoon, and the annual Witches Companion cover that I have been doing for Llewellyn for the past twelve years is pictured below. This project was spread out over several days during the past week.
In the two or three weeks prior to the ‘green light’ on the graphic novel project, I finished up a book on Hiroshima for Penguin Young Readers (another in their ‘Who Was’ series, my 19th book for them), and I did a series of black and white interiors for another Llewellyn book that I had done some cover art for earlier this year (I may share these at a later date). Meanwhile, back to the drawing board!
One of my favorite projects from last year, was the book “Bringing Down a President” for MacMillan. I was an avid ‘Watergate Junky’ back when I was around ten years old, and I remember watching the hearings on television after school, and checking the bulky transcripts of the White House tapes out of the local library. So I was very enthusiastic when given the chance to draw Nixon and his gang of cronies for this book. A very interesting read, even though it is aimed for ‘middle school readers’, and I learned a few things that I didn’t know. Available on Amazon. Highly recommended. I’ve shared a few samples from this project in the past, but here’s the entire collection for the first time.
After a month hiking in the John Muir Wilderness in California, I’m back at the drawing board and catching up with work. Above is a scene from our adventures (with my brother in law John in the foreground), this was along the Pacific Crest Trail around day 6 of our hike, heading for our first hotel reservation and resupply stop. It was a wonderful time and I’m already missing the scenery (but not the mosquitos).
Below is an illustration I did this week for the American Bar Association. Both of my ‘book projects’ are temporarily in a holding pattern, and I’m clearing the late August calendar early in anticipation of a coming busy period.