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The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation sat in my pile for too long, and it shouldn’t have. I loved The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, the previous effort by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, so I should have anticipated how good this new one would be.”

Some folks are just getting around to reading The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, like author/critic Cory Doctorow.  Here’s his thoughtful review of the book: http://boingboing.net/2014/04/04/the-gettysburg-address-a-grap.html#more-295886

“Available Wherever Books are Sold”

I received my author comps in the mail this morning on this official release day of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation.  I’m very happy with the print quality and it’s satisfying to have it in hand after putting years of work into the project.  I hope you get a chance to read it soon and I’d be interested to hear your impressions.  Thoughtful reviews on amazon.com are also much appreciated.  Speaking of reviews, there are already two starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.  Go to graphicgettysburg.com to read the reviews, if you like.  Thank you for your interest!

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Announcing!…

…A New Website!  But before I give you the link, I’m going to build up a little anticipation with the following process art from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation.  This is how the magic happens;)

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Now that I’ve revealed all my secrets, please go to graphicgettysburg.com to learn about the graphic novel with videos, visual annotations, essays, recommended reading and more!

Abraham Lincoln: Age 204 years

It’s true, Lincoln isn’t as old as Yoda, yet.  204 years seems downright youthful in contrast to Yoda’s 800+.  Lincoln_AndrewLoomis01

I imagine Lincoln received a book or two as birthday presents, so I thought it might be appropriate to present this mock-up of our book cover.  The illustrations are taken from the interior except for the central portrait that I based on a photo of Lincoln reading to Tad that has been reproduced frequently.  The cover was designed by Adam Johnson.  Thank you, Adam!

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And here’s an extra bonus: The BW lineart of an interior page that features Lincoln and a cameo of his bible, perhaps his most famous possession…after the hat.

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Obligatory Photo Evidence

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It’s the “Stack of Pages” post!  If you follow blogs by comic artists you’re probably familiar with this trope.  Something a bit irksome about these IMO, probably the fact that maybe that’s just a stack of blank pages under the top one, but let me offer my assurance that I’ve finished drawing all 221 pages of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation .  I’m working on revisions and some color improvements, but the book is still on schedule for the June 2013 release.

Also, I don’t think I’ve posted since I saw Spielberg’s Lincoln.  What an incredible movie!  Apart from the extraordinary performance from Daniel Day Lewis, it also evoked the time period in an utterly convincing way.  I was transported to the the time/place with its light, props, costumes, etc. and consequently swept up in the drama.  Seeing the photos (mostly by Mathew Brady) brought to life on screen after spending a good amount of time looking at them over the past couple years was such a treat.  The movie really energized my final push to complete the GN.  There are many parallels, unplanned of course, and I think/hope that anyone who loves Spielberg’s Lincoln will enjoy the graphic novel that Jonathan Hennessey and I have been working to create.  Expect less ornate wallpaper, but still…I’ve made an effort to bring the subject to life with authenticity in the panels.  In addition, our graphic novel brings the reader to the present day from the movie’s end.  As much of a sequel as you’re likely to see;-)

 

Gettysburg Address GN Pencils to Inks

A weary post-war Lincoln.

Lincoln in White Marble

 

Attempts to capture the iconic quality of the Lincoln Memorial statue while preserving the appearance of stone.  (Not the final attempts.)  Fun fact!… Statue’s head: Height—3 feet 7 inches; Width—2 feet 7 inches.

Lincoln Standing

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