28 Years with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

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This morning I finished up a fiction assignment for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This was for a story about a robbery at a Catskills resort and involves a lot of old time jewish comedians. This magazine is currently my longest continuous client relationship, with my first assignment for them being in my first year of business, back in 1989. You can see other samples of my work with this magazine here at this link. I love working for them, as they are one of the last surviving ‘pulp fiction’ digests, and, for me, it feels like a romantic link to the past, to a long list of forgotten illustrators going back to earliest days of the pulps.

I’ve been diligently saving every issue that my work has appeared in, and I’ve got a nice stack of old AHMM magazines on my bookshelf, but I’ve misplaced some of the earliest years, and would love to get my hands on some old copies of this magazine from 1989-2003. So, if you should happen to read this, and have a box of old back issues in the attic, drop me a line, and perhaps we can work out a deal.

Book Pirates

AHMM, ChronicleHE

Things are starting to pick up now that the summer is winding down. Besides the ongoing ‘coloring book’ project that I’m currently working on (samples to come upon publication), and several book projects either awaiting sketch approval or promised and expecting to start any day now, I’ve also been getting a few short turnaround projects. For the past few days at least, it has started to feel like normalcy. Above, is an illustration I finished up this morning for the Chronicle on ‘Book Piracy’, and below, another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

Out like a line

ABA, AHMM, Delaware Today

Continuing to be super busy since mid-January with no end in sight. Mostly on Book Publishing projects that I can’t show on this blog just yet due to contractual reasons (currently embroiled in a series of three paper doll books, with a couple more projects waiting in the wings mid-April). I’ve a few smaller projects to show for March (along with another one of those ‘comic strip ads’ that I’m not going to bother to display, see previous months to get the gist of it), the one above is for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, below is a piece for the American Association I did a few weeks ago, and below that is an illustration for Delaware Today that I just finished up this morning. I also have some interesting developments this past month with regards to my annual ‘Krampus Holiday Card’ images that I’ve been doing for the past several years, but I will wait to give further details in a future post.

And speaking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; I’ve been doing illustrations for this publication since 1989, and I am looking for back issues from the years 1989-1998 in which my artwork has appeared. If you happen to have copies in your attic gathering dust, drop me an email, and I’d be happy to make an offer on them.

Catching up with recent work

AHMM, Delaware Today, University of Virginia

Taking a quick breather in the middle of a busy day (this week I’ve been feeling a lot like the guy pictured above), to post a few of the recent samples from some of my ‘shorter deadline’ clients. I’m currently in the middle of three book projects which have been taking up most of my time for the past month or so (two are nearing the finish line, probably next week, and the other will stretch into March). Picked up a new client last week, the University of Virginia Magazine, and did a set of three illustrations for a story on Medical Residency (pictured above, and the two directly below). I also had another fiction illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine earlier this week (the black and white illustration below), and an illustration for Delaware Today about the 96′ Primaries.




 

And speaking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; I’ve been doing illustrations for this publication since 1989, and I am looking for back issues from the years 1989-1998 in which my artwork has appeared. If you happen to have copies in your attic gathering dust, drop me an email, and I’d be happy to make an offer on them.

Home Stretch

AHMM, Delaware Today


And here we are at the final month of the year. A couple jobs from the final week of November, above is a caricature of Brent Musburger for Main Line Today Magazine (a new client, affiliated with the Delaware Today organization), and below is another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (one of my oldest clients, my first assignment from them was in 1989).

And speaking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; I’ve been doing illustrations for this publication since 1989, and I am looking for back issues from the years 1989-1998 in which my artwork has appeared. If you happen to have copies in your attic gathering dust, drop me an email, and I’d be happy to make an offer on them.

In other news, I decided to sign up for a page in the 2017 edition of the Directory of Illustration. The postcards I’ve been sending out haven’t been doing as well at drumming up new business as they have in the past, business has been slowing down considerably, and so I’m taking a chance on a new use for my advertising dollars. Along with the page in the upcoming annual (which I have yet to design, or choose art for), the deal comes with a portfolio page on their site, which I’ve just started to fill with samples. Here’s the link to my portfolio page. I’ll keep you all posted on how this works out. (supposedly, I’ve posted a RSS link to my blog here as well, but I’m not entirely sure I know what I’m doing with that, so we’ll see what happens with that)