What Unites Us Project

First Second, MacMillan

Been pretty busy the past two weeks. This is the big project I’ve been alluding to for the past 6-8 months. For MacMillan’s ‘First Second’ graphic novel line, I am adapting Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner’s book ‘What Unites Us’ in graphic novel form for middle age readers (or all ages, for that matter), as part of their “World Citizen Comics” series. In May I worked up a complete rough sketch layout of the book, and a few weeks ago I got the go ahead to start the first two chapters, so that the publisher may run a sample printing on the paper stock and evaluate how it looks. Above and below are a few sample pages from the second chapter (above) and the first (below). I’ve also begun some preliminary concept work on the cover. Since I’ve never done anything of this complexity before, I was curious to see what sort of pace I would set for myself, and it looks like 3 pages a day is pretty much my maximum. There has been some talk of this possibly being released online in serial form, but I’ll hold off on additional samples until this comes to fruition. Been enjoying this project immensely so far, having been an ambition of mine to do comics since a very young age.

Breaking News

First Second

ratherWell, I’ve been hinting at the ‘big project’ that I’m preparing for, for at least a few months now. The official news just broke in Entertainment Weekly today, and here’s a link to the article. It has long been an ambition of mine to work in comics, in one form or another, and I’m excited to be offered the chance to adapt Dan Rather’s fine book ‘What Unites Us’ for the First Citizens imprint at First Second Books. Above is a screen shot from the article, of a few of the sample pages I prepared last summer in preparation for this project.