One of my earliest ambitions was to be a comic book artist. In college, it was looked upon with scorn, and by the time I had started my illustration career in 1989, I had all but given up on the dream, thinking it was beyond the scope of my skillset. I contented myself with being a ‘comics fan’, reading the work of heroes like R. Crumb, Moebius, Jeff Smith, Dan Clowes, Mike Allred, Dave Sim and Jaimie Hernandez.
In 2010 I got my first chance, when Capstone Publishing enlisted me to illustrate a short graphic novel about Babe Ruth’s 1927 Home Run Record Breaking season. It was great fun, and then a few years later I teamed up with a writer friend to provide several comics adaptations of some of his personal memoirs for his website “Freaks of Nurture”.
It was in 2018 that I was first contacted by First Second Books to begin work on a comics adaptation of Dan Rather’s “What Unites Us” for their upcoming ‘World Citizen Comics’ line of Young Adult Civics graphic novels. This was the single biggest and most challenging project of my career. It is scheduled for release in February of 2021. I certainly hope I am given the chance to work on other projects of this sort, as it was an exciting and fun project to be involved with.
Inspired by my recent work with First Second, I have been working on a few book ideas on my own. A science fiction adventure that I am working on in partnership with my son, and a travelogue graphic novel about a recent backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail. Stay Tuned.