Here are a couple of commissions - artwork done by request - based on the book THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT. The top image is based on an ad for the book and was done this month. (I was asked to recreate the ad without the text). The bottom image was done as a design for a band several years ago. They requested a drawing of The Gull Street Ghoul - a character from the book. I believe lettering was then added so it could be used as a poster or t-shirt.
I am grateful to readers who like my work enough to want an original drawing from me, and it’s particularly nice when I’m asked for characters I enjoy drawing.
When the art is based on one of my books, it’s almost like these drawings become “out takes” or extras to the original work and it’s fun to consider that one day there could be a “special edition” of the book with all the “extra tracks” included. (A pleasant thought, however unlikely).
In A Glass Grotesquely is coming this Fall ~ make room in your library!
"Bats" ~ from the book Hypnotic Tales.
NOT your younger brother’s superzero franchise comics!
NOT your older sister’s “Eisner-Award-Nominated” snoozefest!
Picture stories the way YOU like them! ~ ed.
How things evolve: I did a watercolor drawing called “Moved by Spirits” in the late 1980s/early1990s. When I was trying to come up with a strip for an issue of BLAB Magazine in 1992, I used that composition for the splash page of a (typically nutso) story called “Psycho vs Psycho”. But I never finished that story and instead did the strip “Psycho-Rama”, where, you can see, I not only used part of the title, but also the skull in the upper right hand corner. All part of the process of making stuff! Some stuff gets thrown away, other stuff gets re-used.
Samples of illustration artwork you can find for sale here:
Top: ”Curse of the Money Tomb” for Kiplinger’s Magazine
Bottom: ”Corporate Coffee” for a Seattle newspaper (can’t remember which one!)
You can also find my comic art at the CAC as well, but illustrations are usually priced cheaper. Thanks for looking!
Here are a few more pages from early issues of Evil Eye - a couple of letters pages, plus the original art for an ad for The Chuckling Whatsit, which was printed in Evil Eye #1.
A couple of ad pages from early issues of EVIL EYE! (Sorry — I think all issues are long sold out from Fantagraphics, so you shouldn’t order from these posted pages unless you have the ability to travel through time).
THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT began as a serial in the second issue of the Fantagraphics anthology comic ZERO ZERO, edited by Kim Thompson. Here is the uncropped proof of the final cover, along with a couple of sketch ideas.