Wrong Way Reggie



Had a book project this month for a fairly well known children’s author. This was for a series of ‘young reader vocabularly’ paperbacks, and was technically a job through my agent (for Quarasan Publishing), although the job actually came about through some networking that my brother did in Chicago, through a restaurant he was working in at the time (where he met the author). One of the first instances where I was starting to regret working with an agent. I would have preferred giving the agent fee to my brother.

Out of print as of this writing (2018), but a few used copies can still be found here and there.

None of the original art was returned at the end of the project, and the only original I have from the book was an early sample version. All the samples in this post are photographs taken of the book itself.

Above you can see the front cover, and the front/back spread when opened up. Below are the interior pages, including the frontispiece.



1995 Year in Review

Year In Review

More publishing work this year from the client who ‘flew me out for a consult’, and my clients remained mostly steady, some falling by the wayside for one reason or another, and others stepping up to take their place. I seemed to hit a plateau this year salary wise, and wouldn’t see a major upswing until I started going digital in the late 90s. One new client this year who would go on to be steady work for the next 15 years would be the Long Island newspaper ‘Newsday’.

My son would have been 5-6 years old this year. We took a backpacking trip to Isle Royale this summer and saw quite a few moose (this would probably be the beginning of our ‘backpacking’ years).

In 1995, I did about half the volume as the previous year, with 398 illustrations, bringing my 6 year tally up to 2, 654 illustrations.

The further back in the archives I dig, the less I seem to remember. A little more artwork survived from ’95 than did ’96, but it probably helps that I was doing a bit more publishing work, and have a few more of the printed samples still lying around. For what it’s worth, here’s what I consider the best work of ’95 (that i can find)