Sunday, January 29, 2012

Catharsis

As of today, January 29, 2012, it has been exactly one year since I completed the final illustration for my Moby-Dick project. I expected the year that followed to be surreal and for me, a librarian from Ohio, it absolutely was. I was able to see up close how books go from ideas to reality. I was able to travel to places I had never ever been to talk about the book and my experiences making the art. I ended up drawing pictures in somewhere between 300 and 400 books for all kinds of people. I had a gallery show of my art for the very first time. I did more interviews than I would have imagined possible. It's all been...well, surreal. That's really the best description I can think of.

A one year anniversary really is an arbitrary thing. There's truly nothing spectacularly different between today, the anniversary, and tomorrow, the first day of the next year. But still, these arbitrary landmarks are opportunities to pause and to re-examine things. This last year, while surreal and thrilling and unexpected and amazing, was also challenging and confusing. I struggled with what it all meant for me. Since I had now had a book of my art published, did this mean I was an artist? And if so, what kind? An artist who shows his work in galleries or an artist who creates illustrations for book covers and magazines? Was it time for me to start thinking about making my work marketable? And what did marketable mean? I really had no idea how to answer those questions, and I still struggle.

I have no regrets about this past year at all. I did my best, I tried to be myself, and in the end all of my experiences due to this book were really uniformly positive. I did, though, for a time follow the idea that now that I had made my debut as an illustrator, it was time to "get my name out there" and take on whatever opportunities others pitched to me. I ended up saying yes to quite a few things and I completed those tasks. I completed them well, I think. And while I have no regrets, it's time for me to stop that.

I am very very lucky in that I truly like my career. I enjoy going to work at the library every day, and I love what public libraries are and what they stand for. I never once even considered making the transition from librarian to working illustrator. I don't even want to. That gives me a lot of freedom to continue to make whatever kind of art I want, with no real concern as to how popular or marketable it might be. I don't have to depend on book cover gigs or illustration jobs or gallery sales to pay the rent or put food on the table. That's really exhilarating. And honestly, I've been drawing pictures with great intent for around 15 years now. For the first dozen or so years, no one at all anywhere had ever heard of me, and that was just fine.

So, like I said, no regrets at all. I am deeply thankful for this Moby-Dick project, my relationship with Tin House Books, the wonderful book they helped me create, the places I was able to travel and every single person who came out to see me, bought the book, gave some of my original art new homes, and supported me with kind words and friendship.

And yes, I hope that continues. I do have plans, and I do hope to be lucky enough to publish another book or three in the future. But I'm excited about this anniversary and about moving past it. I've lived with the White Whale for almost two and half years now, every single day. I need to put this behind me. I need a kind of catharsis, to clean the slate and start off in a new direction. This new, brief but thrilling art project I have in mind will help a lot. And over the next week, I will be adding every single remaining piece of Moby-Dick art to my Etsy shop. A lot of it has sold, which is wonderful, and I will keep a few pieces. But there are still almost 200 pieces sitting here in my home and it's time for them to go. It's time for me to step off the Pequod for a time, to wander around somewhere new, to look inward again. It feels pretty good, a little scary, and really necessary. I do hope you'll stick around.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Gygax's Inferno

Okay, I asked and I received. I got a whole bunch of electronic help already...PDFs, scans, links, etc. And I have the promise of some real live books coming as well. So here's where things stand right now for what's coming up...

-Bel, Arch-devil of Avernus (first circle)

-Dispater, Arch-devil of Dis (second circle)

-Mammon, Arch-devil of Minauros (third circle)

-Belial, Arch-devil of Phlegethos (fourth circle)

-Fierna, consort / daughter to Belial and sometimes ruler of Phlegethos

-Levistus, Arch-devil of Stygia (fifth circle)

-Geryon, Arch-devil, deposed ruler of Stygia (fifth circle)

-Glasya, Arch-duchess of Malebolge (sixth circle)

-Moloch, Arch-devil, deposed ruler of Malebolge (sixth circle)

-Baalzebul, Arch-devil of Maladomini (seventh circle)

-Mephistopheles, Arch-devil of Cania (eighth circle)

-Asmodeus, Arch-devil of Nessus (ninth circle)


I'm skipping the Hag Countess Malagard because she is more or less dead and gone and I'm sticking to Baalzebul's non-slug form because I like the way he looked in the first edition Monster Manual way better. Plus, I am pretty much ignoring everything that was created or changed after the Monster Manual II because it's all just so unfamiliar to me.

There will also be these...

The Dark Eight (all Pit Fiends)
-Baalzephon
-Corin
-Dagos
-Furcas
-Pearza
-Zapan
-Zaebos
-Zimimar


-Greater Devil: Horned (Malebranche)
-Greater Devil: Ice
(Just can't call it a gelugon, sorry)
-Greater Devil: Pit Fiend
-Greater Devil: Styx

-Lesser Devil: Abishai
-Lesser Devil: Barbed
-Lesser Devil: Bearded
-Lesser Devil: Bone
-Lesser Devil: Erinyes
-Lesser Devil: Spined

-Least Devil: Nupperibo

-Lemure


Looks like a total of 24 32 pieces. A bit more than I would have imagined, but this should be great fun.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Researching Dungeons & Dragons, need your help...

UPDATE #2: Last night when I filled up the car, the total was $26.66...which I took as a good sign that this will be an intriguing and enjoyable project.

UPDATE #1: Look down below for adjustments...people have given me lots of help!


I'm looking at you Mordicai and Richard of the Dystopian Pokeverse but I suspect the matter at hand is so large that I will need a lot of assistance from a lot of people.

I did play some Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, but never much and this was way back between 1979 and maybe 1981 or 1982. I still have very fond memories of my first character, a human fighter named Ferrus the Mighty. Hey, I was ten years old, give me a break! One of the reasons I never played much is because the people I played with made fun of me endlessly for that name. Ferrus the Mighty. It's not that bad! Ferrus! Like "iron," you know?

Anyway, even though I never played the game much, I did have all the hardcover books and THOSE were what I really loved. I spent thousands of hours reading every single entry in my Monster Manual, my Fiend Folio and my first edition copy of Deities & Demigods. I absolutely loved those books.

Well, this Sunday January 29th markes the one year anniversary of my completion of the final page of my 552 illustration Moby-Dick project and it's been a hell of a year. I am badly in need of a catharsis (more on this catharsis in a post this coming Sunday) and I have decided it's time for me to once again pursue an art project for pure fun alone.
I don't want to say too much more yet until I get started but there are enough clues in this post to give you an idea. And yes, obviously, a big part of this project was inspired by what Scrap Princess of New Zealand is doing on her excellent Monster Manual Sewn From Pants blog.

So here is the help I need. If anyone out there can assist me with the following, I'd be deeply grateful...

1) Good readable scans or xeroxed copies of the pages on Devils from the first edition (or reprint of the first edition) Monster Manual.
(Got this taken care of.)

2) Good readable scan or xeroxed copy of the Styx Devil from the Fiend Folio.. (I've found a decently affordable hard copy which is not on its way to me.)

3) Good readable scans or xeroxed copies of the pages on Devils from the first edition (or reprint of the first edition) Monster Manual II. I'm pretty sure such a thing exists, and contains Abishai and other stuff, right?

4) An explanation of just what the hell Baatezu means. This was way way after my time. (This has been explained to me, in all its lameness.)

5) Most importantly, some kind of simple and comprehensive list of the names of the levels of the Nine Hells, the Arch-Devils in command of each, and all of the inhabitants of the Nine Hells (Dukes of Hell, Greater Devils, Lesser Devils, Least Devils, etc.) There is a TON of stuff that happened after I stopped paying attention and tracking it all down myself through the myriad modules, Dragon magazine articles, Planescape adventures, and so on would be impossible - financial and timewise - for me. Links or pointing me toward resources is totally fine. I'm interested in canonical stuff, officially part of the D & D universe, nothing else. As Mordicai commented, this does indeed seem to be a moving target and a near impossible goal, so I'm pretty content with what I've been able to learn so far and with relying on what was around when I was a kid and looked at these books.

When I played the game and read the books, the Devils were always my favorite. Well, actually, the Slaadi and the Modrons were my favorite, but this project wouldn't fare so well with a bunch of chaotic neutral bipedal frog monsters or living geometric shapes, so Devils it is.

If you can help, I would really appreciate. You can leave comments or email me or whatever, and I'll see if I can find some way to make this worth your while. This little project is going to be a BLAST.

Go, look at these...

Or "look at this" since this time it's just one.

Those who have visited this blog regularly are probably already aware of my fondness for collage. I recently became aware of the artist John Moriarty who maintains a blog called YawnMo Productions where he has been posting work in metal, in gourds (!) and in collage, like this...


That is but one of many, and there is more intriguing work at the link so take a look.

ROBOT MASTERS: Bomb Man

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 29, 2011

ROBOT MASTERS: Ice Man

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Come see me in Minnesota

Tomorrow night I will be giving a rather lengthy talk about art, Moby-Dick and my own book at 7:30 pm in Room 212 of the Jones Science Center building at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. You can find more details here or at this really nice looking flyer they put together...


This is weird and exciting for a lot of reasons. First, due to work commitments, my wife will not be able to make the trip for me so I will be all alone. Second, I've never ever been to North Dakota so I am imagining a white hell with snowdrifts 75 feet tall. Third, I've enjoyed all of my book events a great deal, but the ones at colleges or universities where I've been able to talk to students and educators have been the most intriguing. And fourth, I might be part of a short documentary on comics while I am there. It should be an interesting trip.

I am interviewed, and I say that something sickens me...

Over at the southpawfilmworks blog, filmmaker Greg Carlson, who will be the host for my upcoming trip to the wintry Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota has posted a rather extensive new interview with me. You can read it all here and see me unload on a few things that really kind of make me sick to my stomach. Feel free to read it and then come back here and call me on it.

Go, look at these...

(All images in this post are the copyright of their respective creators.)

From time to time, I do find something online which excites and inspires me and is well worth looking at. I've already gone on at length about Scrap Princess' amazing Monster Manual Sewn From Pants, which is exactly that and more and I am still smitten with. Here, take a look at her basilisk...


And here's another good one. If you've got a copy of my book Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page then go ahead and read the Acknowledgements. I'll wait.

Okay, in those Acknowledgements you may have seen me thank Shawn Cheng, calling him "the best artist I know." I'm serious. The man is so gifted it's kind of sickening. Anyway, Shawn's got his first fine arts gallery show coming up in February at a gallery in Minneapolis. As soon as I know the name I'll post it. The show opens on Friday February 17th. Shawn's been keeping an incredible blog called, appropriately enough Shawn's Studio Log diligently tracking the progress of the massive and incredibly complex paintings he's working on. You should really be visiting early and often, so take a look at this painting of Shawn's entitled "Ball Game" and you'll be convinced...


Now, according to Christine Mannix, somehow my project inspired her to start a blog. I find that highly suspect since she was a gifted artist long before she ever knew I existed, but it is cause for celebration nonetheless. Christine has a long history of creating things, and what's fascinating about her blog "A" for idea, "C" for execution is the way that she is unearthing all of these projects and objects from her past and revisiting them in the context of her current creativity. She has some penetrating insights about the entire creative process as well, and this is one blog I enjoy reading as much as looking at. Christine does primarily three dimensional, textile and object based art which has been difficult for me to wrap my head around, but it is always a draw for me. Here is one of her pieces entitled "Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't"...


And finally, another artist and blogger who wrote some kind things about me, Elizabeth Bauman is just today embarking on a project to create one illustration for each page of J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit, which fascinates me. Her style is so markedly different from Tolkien's and from anything I've ever seen applied to The Hobbit so this should be an intriguing and unique look at the novel. Here is a painting of Elizabeth's entitled "Capturing the stars before they faded to memory"...


I'm looking forward to following along with this.

ROBOT MASTERS: Submolecular Man

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
June 24, 2008

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012

ROBOT MASTERS: Bolt Man

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint, ink and colored pencil on found paper
June 16, 2008

Robot Masters

In retrospect, this is more interesting than I realized.

In the early summer of 2008, just about one year before I would begin the Moby-Dick illustration project, the artist Shawn Cheng invited me to be a Guest Artist on the Partyka site for a second time. Partyka is a comics and art collective, founded in Brooklyn by four good friends. I'd met Shawn and a few of the others at various small press shows and, smitten with his art and his zines, sent him several adoring emails which eventually gave way to a long distance friendship.

Since this was to be my second appearance on Partyka as a Guest Artist, (my first had been a collection of the Archons drawings that I am so fond of) Shawn asked if I had any new work I could share. At the time I didn't but I was already feeling the stirrings of artistic restlessness that eventually led directly to the Moby-Dick thing.

Casting about for ideas, I was drawn to something really ambitious. I knew I wouldn't be able to finish it all in time for my appearance as a Guest Artist, but I wanted to do something big. Funny. See how weirdly prophetic this was for what was to happen the following summer? Anyway, lacking any world-shattering ideas, I settled on my childhood love of the Mega Man videogames, especially the old 8-bit classics. One of the many things I loved about those games was the seemingly endless inventiveness of the designers who came up with hundreds of different robot designs, each unique and distinctive and delightful, for the hero Mega Man to fight. At the end of each level, Mega Man would face a boss, called a Robot Master. Each of these Robot Masters had a name that started with some descriptor or power and ended with "Man." So in the games you'd have bosses like Cut Man and Fire Man and Elec Man and Air Man and Oil Man and so on. It was great fun.

I decided I wanted to create my own Robot Masters, and since I wanted to be ambitious (and I have weird numerological superstitions) I set out to make 111 of them. Also, and this too is prophetic, I had been holding on to a big pile of TV repair diagrams that I had snagged during my days working in a used book store, and I thought that since I would be creating my own Robots, why not use this paper and paint over it? So odd how this all laid the groundwork for Moby-Dick.

I'm still quite fond of these Robot Masters. I think they're really charming. I never finished the 111, but I did create 11 of my own and 4 based on the Robot Masters from the first Mega Man game. You'll see them all. Only one at a time, instead of 15 in one day. I don't want to do that to anyone again!

"Followers"

Those of you who have a blog of your own probably already know that others can "follow" your blog and thus receive updates about new postings each time they sign into Blogger or Google or Gmail. And even if you don't have a blog of your own, you may have noticed how on some blogs, in the sidebar or down near the bottom, there will be a cluster of thumbnail images showing all of the people who are "following" a certain blog.

I've always been a bit uncomfortable with that term since "following" also implies "leading" which is a weird fit for me. Still, this blog does have "followers." I decided to uninstall that from the layout of the blog so that there is no list of followers on the public side of things. I mean, it just felt a little egocentric to me on a personal level.

Still, each and every single time I sign in to create a post, right away on that blogger dashboard I see a notification of how many "followers" I have. And yes, that number rises and falls.

It's hard to know what to do with that. Against my better judgment, when the number goes up and the blog has a new "follower" I do find myself getting a little excited. Like "Cool! Someone likes my art!" And yes, when that number falls, I do feel bad. Worse than I should, really.

It's funny, I did have some concerns that posting 26 pinhole photographs in 26 separate posts in one day might alienate a few people and it seems to have done just that. The "followers" number dropped precipitously this morning. Was it the Vegas thing? Is it that lack of constant Moby-Dick coverage? Is there anything to be gained from even wondering about that? Probably not.

Anyway, to those that have continued to "follow" and those who visit regularly, or even semi-regularly, thank you. I do appreciate very very much you making me a part of your day, and I promise to always do my very best to show you something interesting, worth looking at, and hopefully intriguing enough to talk a bit about in the comments.

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 6:02 am - The Last Redoubt, Dawn

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 5:12 am - Dirac Sea II

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 4:44 am - Dirac Sea I

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 4:33 am - Immolation

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 4:20 am - Plumed Emissary

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 3:59 am - The Archangel, Terrible and Without Pity

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 3:38 am - Leviathan

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 3:03 am - The Last Redoubt, Under Heavy Assault

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 2:22 am - Angels Carrying Savage Weapons

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 1:55 am - Staring into the Abyss

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 1:16 am - Over the Strip

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 1:02 am - Satan's Horn

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: Midnight - Sweet Sweet Toni

pinhole camera photograph
2006

Thursday, January 12, 2012

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 11:10 pm - Flamingo Flames

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 10:08 pm - Tropicana Walls, Night

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 9:37 pm - The Last Redoubt, Night

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 6:40 pm - Ancient Astronaut

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 5:18 pm - Gold Lion

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 4:20 pm - Tropicana Walls

pinhole photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 2:24 pm - Behind the Strip

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 1:20 pm - Yet Another Motel

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: High Noon - Detritus

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: High Noon - Unconscious

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 10:55 am - Pink Hotel

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 10:15 am - The Long Walk

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 HOURS IN LAS VEGAS: 9:11 am - The Last Redoubt, Near Dawn

pinhole camera photograph
2006

24 Hours in Las Vegas

I have a real love / hate thing with Las Vegas. Somewhere I read that Las Vegas was the "brightest star in the neon firmament of post-modernism" and that description seems especially accurate. My wife and I got married there in 2001, by a slim and sexy Elvis. That was mostly because we wanted to do anything BUT have a traditional church wedding, but we had a great time and the whole ceremony was quite memorable.

We go back often. Not every year, but quite a bit. What's good in Vegas is the heat, the overwhelming brutality of the sun which seems to literally hammer down on you, and some of the food. What's bad is, of course, the astounding and despicable excess of so many of the people that fill the streets and casinos. At first it's kind of fascinating to watch them, with their ten thousand dollar handbags and horrific plastic surgery. After a while though you get kind of numb to the horror of it all, and a quiet hour or two by a pool staring up into the cloudless desert sky has some real charm.

Anyway, in 2006 I took my newly crafted pinhole camera - the one my friend Fred made for me that took all those blurry and distorted photos - and set out to document a single 24 hour span in the city. The following 26 photographs, which will be posted on the blog at the precise time each was taken nearly 6 years ago, are the story of that day in Vegas. I did sleep a bit, somewhere in there. I can't remember where exactly but, as you'll see, there's a decent amount about that day that I don't remember.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"The Hobbit" by Gene Deitch and Adolf Born

An astounding 12 minute version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, directed by legendary animator and artist Gene Deitch with art by Czech painter Adolf Born. I absolutely love The Hobbit as much as I love Moby-Dick so seeing this was a special treat for me. In spite of the incredible liberties taken with this adaptation - Smaug is called Slag, Thorin Oakenshield is Torin Oakenshield and a general of Dale, there is a princess (!), Gollum is pronounced "Goo-Loom" and so on - I'm really quite smitten with this. It is visually lush and lovely, and Smaug, or Slag, looks amazing.

Much more information about the video from Dietch here at Cartoon Brew. Now check this out...

Go, look at these...

It's time for a pause, so I've compiled a post full of interesting and unique things to look at on the internet. Some of them relate to me and this blog, but many of them are just things I thought were worth some time.

Richard's Dystopian Pokeverse
First, in response to my recent re-posting of all of my older Strange Satellites drawings, blogger Richardjohnguy wrote this very flattering piece on his "Richard's Dystopian Pokeverse" blog offering up my Strange Satellites as a kind of new Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. There were some kind comments as well, especially one which read "At the very least, these look like who you’re put in contact with when casting “Contact Higher Plane.” I liked that quite a bit.

For those unfamiliar with the Monster Manual, it is a bestiary providing all sorts of monsters, beasts, dragons, demons, devils and other creatures for use in Dungeons & Dragons games. Truthfully, I never played many RPGs, especially the paper and pencil kind, although I did play D & D a bit when I was young. In spite of that though, I was very aware of the Monster Manual and absolutely, in every literal sense of the word, obsessed with it. I paged through my copy so many times that it fell apart and had to be rebound with copious amounts of masking tape. I still love that book, especially the original version, and that connection from Richardjohnguy was one of the best compliments my art has ever received. Here's the original cover, which still moves me...


Scrap Princess
I am thinking that as a result of that mention on "Richard's Dystopian Pokeverse," Scrap Princess (aka Toilet World! -- who will devour the sun) found out about my blog and left me a few kind comments. Those comments led me back to her own blog (I am always curious about people who leave comments) and at that moment my mind was blown forever. Scrap Princess runs a blog called Monster Manual Sewn From Pants and it is more or less exactly that. She is a brilliantly warped artist and is working her way through the Monster Manual sewing all the creatures from pants, buttons, and other fabric. It's just so stupendous it almost makes me want to cry. I am stealing one of her photos and posting it below so that, like any sane person, all of you will follow that link back and look at the marvels she has wrought. It's difficult to pick just one but...ah, screw it, I am posting two. First, her Gorgon...


And second, her Barbed Devil...


So so good. Scrap Princess has hinted at a possible trade, so I am looking high and low through all of my remaining drawings to find something suitable to offer her. I'd be deeply honored to give one of her beasts a good new home. And I can't wait to see what she does with my favorite D & D monster of all time, the remorhaz.

Sean Singer and Whale Poem
Moving along, I recently received a very kind email from writer and poet Sean Singer whose Whale Poem basically stunned me with its power and its imagery. A longer poem, and very worth every second spent savoring it.

Virtual Margin
Librarian and blogger Jessica runs a blog called Virtual Margin and in this intriguing post she addresses illness, relating it back to my own series of Radians. Those drawings were so personal and private for so long, so it's strange but good to see that they've made some kind of impact with visitors. I never would have expected that.

Remembered by my high school
In another completely unexpected development, someone at my old high school, Marion L. Steele in Amherst, Ohio, wrote some very kind words about me and the book Moby-Dick in Pictures on the high school web site. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it, I don't think it's possible to link to a specific post. This was surprisingly moving for me. I graduated in 1987 and while I didn't have a great time in high school, it wasn't especially bad either. I don't think about it all that much, but it meant quite a bit to me to be mentioned like this and I appreciate it very much.

I have been mentioned...
There have been many many more kind mentions of my book in a variety of places so I wanted to link out to them here. First, my book was a featured staff pick of Shawn D. at Portland's esteemed Powell's Books.

Next, someone at the New York Public Library mentioned my book as one of the Best Books I Read or Listened to in 2011. As a librarian myself, you can understand whhy this was so great for me. Although I am a bit puzzled as to why the New York Public Library does not own a copy of the book. What's up?

Blogger Nick Montfort wrote a nice review of the book on his blog Post Position. Thanks Nick.

Patrik Ward wrote some nice things about the book and about my art over at Readhacker. He also put in a plug for buying some art from my Etsy store, which I appreciated. I've still got about 200 pieces left to post and sell, so look for those some time this month.

I am honored, as always, to see some of my art show up on the FuckYeahMobyDick tumblr.

My art in...
And last, here are some photos of my art hanging in people's homes. Brilliant writer Robert Kloss, whose upcoming book The Alligators of Abraham has a cover and three interior illustrations by me, and his wife Karissa have provided a fine new home for one of my Moby-Dick illustrations as well as the three cover roughs I did for RObert's book. Here they are hanging on their walls. First, the White Whale...


Next, the cover studies, in a row, then each shown separately, then a detail of the gorgeous frame they chose...






As you know, seeing my art in a new home always brings me great joy. Many many thanks to Robert and Karissa.