Friday, January 11, 2013

A question for you

Please, indulge me if you would for a moment. This Sunday evening, I will complete the 100th and final illustration for my next book, a fully illustrated and full text edition of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I will rest a bit and celebrate, but I will soon begin another big project. I have many ideas, and there are one or two that I am leaning toward very strongly. In the end, I will make my own decision and follow my inner guide, but I am curious. Since I have the ability to ask a question like this of literally hundreds of people, what would you be interested in seeing me do? In no particular order, here are some of my ideas...

Illustrating David Lindsay's gnostic sci-fi fable A Voyage to Arcturus.

An original and strangely autobiographical graphic novel using the framework of the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to explore issues of guilt and redemption. And gardening.

Illustrating William Hope Hodgson's bizarre and difficult novel The Night Land.

Illustrating Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

Or should I do something else entirely.

Please, leave your thoughts in the comments. You can comment entirely anonymously if you like. It's the ideas I am curious about. I do have some shorter projects in mind that I know I will do. A suite of illustrations for Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, a series of portraits of the porn stars from the Golden Age of Porn, and, eventually, I will illustrate the Bible. But for now, what?


  1. Here's an off the wall idea: Les Misérables. Or some other famous book that was turned into a play, movie or musical. People have a pre-defined mental image of these, and it might be fun to present an alternative.

  2. NIGHT LAND!!!

    I have been meaning to read it, I never have & I'm sure it is my cup of tea.

    Or Kadath, man, I'd get a kick out of seeing your Kadath.

  3. I vote for the Gawain novel thingie. And I can't wait to see what you do with "Bartleby"!

  4. Haha, misspelled Arcturus , but I vote for Arcturus! (I must have been seeing an Ark somewhere..)

  5. Green Night sounds like it could be funny. And Night Land, the few words that you said about it made me want to read it. Your style of illustrations seems fit for a "dark and difficult novel"

  6. Did you ever think about illustrating David Ohle's Motorman? I think your style would be perfect for it.

    But of course Arcturus would be awesome as well.

  7. Non-fiction, perhaps a cosmological subject. Freeman Dyson, Steven Hawking, Lawrence M. Krauss, etc.

  8. Guilt, redemption, and gardening gets my vote.

  9. Thanks everyone. There were so many interesting comments that I wrote an entire post above to address them.

  10. dear matt, i seem to be the only one with that leaning: i vote for a strangely autobiographical graphic creation - i'd love that and the tacks you suggest. that's me, my grain of salt
    (oh, by the by,just got in the mail today the minichillo book to go with your snow whale, which i had to order in the US)
    lost the post about move: so pleased for you! i haven't even framed all i have of yours yet so can't get more now but forward on with this blooming life of yours (X2)


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