I’m a contributing my particular brand of service to this Kickstarter campaign funding a graphic novel by Jerome Charyn & Joe Staton. Look for my name among the reward tiers at this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/…/family-man-by-jerome-charyn-a…
Here’s a piece of fan art celebrating the subject of Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye that is sending shockwaves through the very medium of comics itself! You gotta check this out, but don’t take my word for it, take it from NPR:
At once dizzyingly meta and deeply heartfelt, the book spans 80 years and in its complicated layering remind me of everything from “Maus” and “The Tin Drum” to, believe it or not, “Ulysses.”
Link to Listen to the Story at NPR
The Huffington Post published an article about The Comic Book Story of Beer with an 11 page preview from Chapter One (following the introductory chapter). Check it out HERE!
I took some time off from blogging last month, did you notice? That wasn’t intentional, but I’m finishing the graphic novel that I’ve been working on this year and I guess that preoccupation was to blame for the neglect. Here’s a panel from a page I colored over the weekend. I’ll see if I can get aamcconnell.com back in motion this month. Maybe Tintin and Snowy can help…
Here’s a teaser image that was posted at The Atlantic from the graphic novel I’m currently drawing. You can read the article which includes some excellent quotes by my collaborator Jonathan Hennessey at this LINK. Coloring on this image is by cartoonist Matthew Bogart.
Today is the final countdown for backing Of Dust and Blood by Jim Berry and Val Mayerik. The original graphic novel is funded, so backers are guaranteed a book, but the Kickstarter has a stretchgoal for getting the book in full watercolor by Val! I did the drawing below to support the cause and the original is currently available as one of the pledge goals. India Ink on Bristol paper, 22″ x 13.5″. Please consider contributing to the project. Thank you!
Original art detail (click to enlarge):
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
…And at a more basic level, it’s just good comics, deftly constructed and maintaining an engaging balance between textual and visual information.
Quoted from an honest, thoughtfully considered review of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation at MultiversityComics.com. That quote is profoundly meaningful to me because it articulates my highest priority in illustrating non-fiction comics. To hear that it’s working as intended is absolutely satisfying.
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!