Last year, while we were in the midst of our 4 week trip, the idea was proposed amongst the four of us that we should turn our adventure (or series of misadventures) into a graphic novel. This spring I have been working on doing just that, and here’s another page sample from the project. (I posted another sample a few weeks ago) I envision the book as a mix of comedic travelogue (along the lines of Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’), and ‘hiking dos and don’ts’ guide (learn from our mistakes), with occasional nature tidbits (like the old ‘Mark Trail’ comic strip), with a bit of middle-age angst and philosophy thrown in for good measure. Hoping to pick up speed and get enough done to start shopping the idea around soon.
As a full time working illustrator, I’ve had time to amass quite a pile of printed samples of my work over the past thirty years. By no means a complete collection, it is starting to burst at the seams. For the first ten years, I was not very diligent about saving all my samples, but after twenty years had passed, I started to take this collection a little more seriously, and I scour eBay and thrift stores for copies of work that I’ve let slip through the cracks. I’m still on the lookout for old copies of Cicada magazine in which I’ve appeared (I’ve only got one copy), and I’m missing almost a decades worth of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, several early Baker Book House book covers, and a few editions of “A World of Literature”. If anyone has a lead on anything drop me an email, as I’m always eager to fill up these shelves. See the bibliography in the menu above for a full list of book titles.
A recent spot for Delaware Today (part of Today Media) about a parent’s anxieties in dropping off their toddler for their first day of Pre-school.
Received notification of a couple of Junior Library Guild awards for a pair of books I did for MacMillan a couple years ago. Congrats to Erik Slader and Ben Thompson and the good folks down at MacMillan Children’s Publishing who put together such a nice looking package. My name spelled wrong, but, well, I’m sure my brother appreciates the publicity.
Now awaiting the go-ahead on 4 book projects, and in sort of a holding pattern, circling the runway. In the meantime, with a lot of time on my hands, I decided to start work on a book project of my own. While we were on our hiking trip last summer, conversation frequently came around the idea that we should write a graphic novel chronicling our misadventures. The working title is “How Not to Hike the John Muir Trail (or How to Not Hike the John Muir Trail)”. Above is one of the first two page spreads that will likely open the book. Once I get a chapter or two completed, I may begin shopping it around to various publishers. Stay tuned for more as this dry spell continues.