Martin Luther King Day

MacMillan, Penguin

Here’s a few samples from recent books that have featured Martin Luther King on this National Holiday. (the black and white ones are from “What Is the Civil Rights Movement?”, and the red white and blue ones are excerpts from “What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel” by Dan Rather.

Saving Earth

MacMillan

Finished up the interior illustrations for the upcoming book “Saving Earth” this week (was called “Losing Earth” when I first contracted for this project in 2019). This is scheduled to be released sometime early in 2022, and I did approximately 55 spot illustrations for the interior of the book (a different artist was contracted for the cover, which I got a peek at earlier this week). An interesting and informative book, and was a challenging project, especially in the concept phase. Here are a sampling of some of my favorites from the collection (more to come later when the book is out).

On your mark, get set…

MacMillan

After finishing up the ‘Sun Also Rises’ and the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ projects in mid July, I had a two week slow period. This week the limbo came to an end as two of the upcoming projects I had been waiting on got the green light this week. I’m currently working on another ‘Who Was’ book on Charles Shultz, and just got started on finishes for a Climate Change book for MacMillan which has been in the works for a few years. I’m also waiting on the green light on one more ‘Who Was’ book which I expect to hear from in the next week or so. Gonna be a busy August.

In other news, I saw the first mention of the “Cooking for Wizards, Warrior and Dragons” on Twitter this morning, and I checked on Amazon and it looks like it will be released on August 31, and is now available for pre-order. I had a lot of fun with this project earlier in the year, so be sure and reserve your copy today!

Happy 4th of July

First Second, MacMillan

Over the 4th of July holiday, Dan Rather posted the first chapter from his book “What Unites Us” (with a timely story from his childhood). Hop on over to his “Steady” page for the rest of the posting. Myself, I spent the 4th up at an annual Campout Jamboree (cancelled last year of course), with many dear friends, playing music all day and night. Batteries recharged, and now back to work.

Quietly Sketching Away

First Second, MacMillan, Penguin

Been a long time between posts. After a period of quiet, this past week I’ve been caught up with sketches for an upcoming ‘Who Was’ project. My favorite part of these books is the portraits, and here’s a few rough sketch versions of some of the cast of characters from this project. I’ll also be finally starting work on another book project for MacMillan (which got sidelined during the whole pandemic of 2020), and with one more ‘Who Was’ project waiting in the wings, it should be a pretty busy spring.

In the meantime, the ‘What Unites Us’ graphic novel has been making the rounds, and there was a very nice review for it on Multiversity Comics.