Been a while since I’ve updated. I’m currently in the final two weeks of work on the illustrated version of “A Farewell to Arms”. I’ve been posting most of the samples from this collection of 30 illustrations at my Patreon site (this year I’ve started posting fewer samples here on this site, and giving my Patrons access to behind the scenes peeks at my work in progress – you can sign up for as little as $1 a month – simply follow the links to the ‘Mose Goes Walkies’ site for information).
And speaking of ‘Mose Goes Walkies’ (this is a daily web comic that I’ve been doing over the past year, also see link above, and here’s a sample of the latest comic), I’m happy to report that the ‘mini travelogue’ “How Not to Hike the John Muir Trail” that we published in March of 2023 on our Instagram site has won a few awards at the Grand Rapids Festival the Arts, and a sampling of pages will be up on display in Grand Rapids through the end of June.
As I am getting closer to reaching the one year anniversary of doing a daily web comic (see the link above in the menubar), I’ve been starting to think about collecting the strips into a book and shopping it around to a few publishers. In the meantime, we have been talking here about self-publishing a smaller collection (maybe a ‘best of’ selection, plus the longer John Muir Trail storyline) and making them available to friends and family (and as a sales tool for when I send it out to potential publishers). I’ve been playing around with a few cover ideas, recycling some of my favorite panels from the strip.
Been a while since I’ve posted here. I’ve started work on an illustrated edition of ‘A Farewell to Arms’, and this is the cover art (and one of the interiors). The scene is near the middle of the book, when our protagonist takes his young nurse on a holiday, and the room they get is a little sleazy, and she sits on the bed surrounded by three mirrors and says something like “Now I know what it feels like to be a whore”. Will be diving into the rest of these illustrations over the next month.
In 2019, my wife, my sister, her husband, and I took a hiking trip to the John Muir Trail in California. When I returned, I had grand plans to turn this story into a graphic novel. I found the project too complicated and ambitious, and, after working on several sample pages, set it aside for the time being. For those that are interested, I have begun chronicling the story in my daily comic strip (see the ‘Mose Goes Walkies’ link above). I’ve been finding it easier to tell the tale in digestible 4 panels-at-a-time chunks. Here’s a few of the early strips in the series. (the rest is uploaded daily on my Instagram site)
A book cover assignment for Skyhorse Publishing which I finished up last night. It started out as a rather simple concept (Thinker holding a book, sitting on a toilet) to a more complex ‘collage’ of various images.