There are some things that I had meant to mention on Friday but, as is so often the case these days, I was a bit overwhelmed with everything I had to do and I forgot. Apologies, and please, point your browsers in these directions.
ANN WEAVER and WHITE WHALE, VOLUME II
Extraordinarily talented artist and knitter Ann Weaver has released a second collection of Moby-Dick inspired knitted projects, patterns and clothing and again she has been kind enough to feature some of my illustrations alongside her brilliantly photographed work. The book is really quite gorgeous and I am in a bit of awe over how Ann is able to make functional knitted items which are also beautiful works of art.
You can buy both volumes of White Whale and see much more of Ann's work at her web site. It really makes me wish I could knit.
STARBUCK BY WHALELIGHT by SARAH LARSON
North Carolinian writer Sarah Larson has debuted a new play, titled Starbuck by Whalelight which opened on November 29 in Asheville, North Carolina. I was able to contribute some of my Moby-Dick illustrations to help promote the play, and Sarah was kind enough to invite me down for the debut. Alas, the day job and Heart of Darkness obligations prevented me from attending, but I badly wish I could have. It fascinates me how many artists continue to explore so many dimensions of Melville's great novel, and I am intrigued by how many of these artists are women since Moby-Dick has always seemed, to me at least, to be a somewhat relentlessly masculine text. Anyway, you can read more about Starbuck by Whalelight here and if you are in the Asheville, North Carolina area, check it out and let me know what you think.
THE LITERARY BATMAN
Thanks to Daryl L.L. Houston for pointing this out to me (and for posting something on his own blog as well) but my recent Batman commission seems to have been one of the most popular things I've ever done and has traveled rather far on the internet. The Literary Man recently some kind words about it. I'm not sure what to make of it all, really, but I guess Batman, kind of like Moby-Dick, is just a really universal cultural touchstone for a huge number of people so it is easier for something like this to travel far than it might be for something more obscure like my Archons. Mostly, I'm just happy so many have seen it and said kind things about it.