How to Eat an Elephant

First Second, MacMillan

One bite at a time.

Just finished up page 264 of the ‘What Unites Us’ graphic novel. I put together an overview of every page to check on page flow and overall look. I’ll likely be making some tweaks here and there, but for right now I think I’ll pour myself a celebratory glass of whiskey and give a toast to one of the most challenging and most fulfilling projects I’ve ever tackled in my thirty plus year illustration career. Word from the publisher is that this is scheduled for a spring 2020 release.

Plugging Along

First Second, MacMillan, Pauline Books

The ‘What Unites Us’ graphic novel adaptation is entering the 3rd quarter (here’s a few sneak peeks at some of the chapter closing panels, above, and below). Been a wonderful experience so far.

And concurrently, I’ve also been working on a book on Saints for a Catholic publisher out of Boston, and I’ve posted a few ongoing samples of those at the bottom of the post.

Over the hump

First Second, MacMillan

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 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.