Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tentative but exciting news about the upcoming book

Exciting news! After sharing some ideas with my soon-to-be-publishers Tin House Books, the book collecting all of this Moby-Dick art now has a tentative title and a tentative publication date. It's looking like the book will be titled Moby-Dick In Pictures: One Drawing For Every Page and that it will be published in either October of this year (to coincide with the first British publication of Moby-Dick) or November of this year (to coincide with the first American publication of Moby-Dick).

This is really thrilling and still kind of terrifying. It almost doesn't seem real to me yet. For me, still, this project mostly means an exhausted me sitting in a closet drawing or painting pictures of harpooneers and whales, not publishers and books and ISBNs and my name on the spine of something sitting on some bookstore shelf. Still, Tin House has been a sheer delight to work with, and I can't thank them enough for taking a risk on this project and giving it a chance to live on outside this blog and the internet.

Back to work for me. I only have 19 pages left to go before my task is complete.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, if you've mentioned Tin House before, it didn't mean anything to me. I've just recently submitted a little thing for their magazine after having picked up a back issue of the magazine, and it's a very good publication. Only 19 more illustrations? That can't be right! I'm super excited.

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  2. I CAN NOT WAIT to have this on my shelf!!

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  3. That is awesome news! I can't wait to get a copy and have you autograph it. :)

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  4. Daryl, I think I mentioned them once, briefly, in the first post about the upcoming book. That post was probably back in June of 2010. In a way, it's kind of a strange coincidence because I've long been fond of their magazine as well as their very vocal support for independent bookstores and the importance of print as a format. In many ways, their values are perfectly in sync with my own, so I can't think of a better home for this project.

    And yeah, afetr yesterday, only 17 more pages to go. It just doesn't feel real at all. It hasn't even come close to sinking in.

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  5. Thank you very much Derek, I'm really thrilled as well. I have been drawing or making comics or taking photographs for almost 20 years now and although I never really pursued anything like this, there has always been a small part of me that dreamed about how cool it would be to see my stuff in an art book. It's just an incredible feeling knowing that will soon be a reality.

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  6. I'll draw something in yours as well Tony. You should definitely have a copy unlike anyone else's in the world. Heck, I'm still grateful for the Christmas gift of "The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time" for the Nintendo 64 all those years ago so it's the least I can do.

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  7. Just found out about your amazing project through Hannah Stephenson's blog - what an extraordinary achievement! Congratulations and best wishes on your sprint to the finish!

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  8. That's wonderful! I'm so happy for you, and looking forward to getting a copy! I'm glad you are getting the recognition you deserve for this project, and I feel a little awed to have watched it develop from the earlier stages. Thank you for the experience.

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  9. Matt, I am beside myself with excitement at the prospect of the book! I can understand it feeling a bit unreal and all that, and no doubt it will take a fair old while to sink in. Many, many congratulations.

    Adjustment once it is finished is also going to take some thinking about. Can you take an 'away from it all' for a weekend or something?

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  10. Beth, thank you very much. Hannah is an extraordinary person and a brilliant poet. She has been very kind to me, and her comments have meant a great deal. I am enormously grateful to her for sharing my work and very glad to see you here as well.

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  11. Elizabeth, it feels very strange in many ways to be thanked since I truly feel as if I am the one who owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who has encouraged me, visited this blog, and shared their thoughts and comments. It has at times been a very lonely journey, and I lost count of how many nights I felt like giving up. Knowing that there were others who were following along and liking what they saw helped me pick myself up and keep going. Now, here, at the end of it all, I realize just how essential that all was.

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  12. Titus, it still seems so unreal. I've spent so much time standing in libraries and bookstores paging through art book after art book, always fascinated, always in awe. It's just staggering to think that my own works will be joining that company of volumes. Honestly, I am not sure if it will ever really sink in or feel real. I am 41 years old now, and yet I still feel like 21 so getting older has never really seemed real. I wonder if this will be the same way. I think it's important for me to stay humble and not start patting myself on the back and calling myself "an artist with a book."

    I have been putting off doing any thinking at all about what my life will be like "when I am done" because I need to stay completely focused on finishing. Also, I am a little frightened of considering what things will be like when this is over. It has been a wild ride indeed. I do know, however, that whether I take a weekend away from home or not, I will definitely not set foot in the studio or put pen to paper to draw for at least a week or three. I think I will really need some distance from this all for a bit.

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