Jonathan Hennessey, the writer I’ve collaborated with for three graphic novels, posted a 15 page excerpt from our Gettysburg Address Adaptation on his blog in honor of MLK Day. Please go HERE to read this insightful examination of the battle for civil rights following the end of the Civil War.
It is for us, The Swingin’, to pick up the dues of these Fine Studs who cut out here and flieth through to Endsville…
There is all manner of reflection on the Gettysburg Address today, and I thought I’d illuminate a little Easter Egg that Jonathan Hennessey hid on page 162 of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation. He sent me some reference material of various memorabilia commemorating the speech to include in the above panel as I saw fit, and I included this red vinyl album for visual interest without knowing anything about “Lord” Richard Buckley. If you aren’t familiar with his recitation of the Address you have YouTube to thank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4u8bblgV1g
I have various links to share, and hope that you have time to check them out, so here we go:
- Chapter 2 in its entirety (pages 31-49) available for you to read at Slate.com.
- “The Gettysburg Address — a prescription for America’s split personality” written by Jonathan for Foxnews.com.
- The Chicago Public Library has an exhibit of pages from the book printed at large scale in the Harold Washington Library Center. Here’s the info and location for those who may be in Chicago sometime between now and March 2nd, 2014.
- Interview with Jonathan on the Library of Congress Blog.
- Jonathan will also be on WBEZ’s “Morning Shift.” In Southern California he will be on KPCC’s “Take Two” with Alex Cohen. Link to WBEZ interview. Link to KPCC interview.
- And here is a podcast that briefly recommends our book along with some other good books about the Gettysburg Address.
As always, I thank you for your interest.
I’ve never cared for the term “Sketch Dump” which may be why I’ve never done one on this blog, but I wanted to wrap up this year with a look back at some of my sketches, and with the hope that a little reflection will help me set sail on a productive drawing year. I have no idea how my work is perceived by others, but to me it sometimes feels like I’ve got different drawing brains that kick into gear depending on the subject. I’m hoping to get a little more focused in the coming year. We’ll see… I know it’s important to step out of your comfort zone to keep developing, too. I went for some variety here, so I hope you find something that strikes your fancy. Happy New Year!
Sketched from Mathew Brady’s photo of Union soldiers at Fort Sedgwick (AKA “Fort Hell” by the Rebels).