Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hey everyone. So, yeah, pretty hit and miss with the posting, right? One thing I've learned; illustrating the bible is NO JOKE. Things won't be fully back on track until that book is put to bed in mid-July. Sheesh.

Here's a drawing of some cool knights or soldiers or something. No back story, just started with the brown and here's what happened.

Tonight, Thursday night, I'm sitting on an illustrator panel at the Provo Library. It's at 7pm and it should be good. I'll have my HAZARDOUS TALES books there to show. Come say hi.

This Saturday, all day, is the Provo Children's Book Fest, also at the Provo Library here in Utah. If you've been before, you know I draw portraits all day for free. Get there early, before the HUGE families show up. No joke, I think I've drawn families with over 28 children before. This year I will try and take a photo of each portrait and post them all here (I say I'll do that every year, then I never touch my camera...)

If you buy or bring a book to have me sign, you can jump the line. But you have to be aggressive, shout, "OUT OF MY WAY! I JUST BOUGHT THIS NATHAN HALE BOOK!"

Nathan Hale books will be sold on the premise. Be there!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Unboxing!

Hey everyone! I got a little package in the mail last week. I thought I'd do an unboxing for you. 

Here is the mysterious package. Puffy with promise.

Hmmm, what can this be? I can make out something on the vertical slip of paper...a publisher's name, maybe?

Taa-Daa! It's the hot-off-the-press first printing of my new books!!!

Here's Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: ONE DEAD SPY! That's the famous spy (and narrator) himself, Nathan Hale, standing brave before his captors!

And here is Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: BIG BAD IRONCLAD! In a masculine navy blue. Ooh, it looks so sharp. There's Civil War Naval hero Will Cushing on a mission to blow up--well, you'll have to wait and see for yourself.

Here's a quick peek at a random page--the glare is there to prevent spoilers. You can see the one color + grayscale coloring. (it's red and gray in ONE DEAD SPY) You can do a lot with just gray and blue (especially in a Civil War comic!)

I've had a lot of packages like this over the years; the first look at a final, printed book. Sometimes it's exciting, some times disappointing, sometimes confusing, but this one...this one is the best one EVER. First of all, it's the first time I've gotten TWO books at once, and second of all, the designers at Amulet blasted this one out of the park! These books look so great, you can't quite see it in the photos, but there's a nice glossy sheen to the text and banners, there's a subtle leathery texture print on the borders and spine, they have a nice chunky weight to them, the corners are razor sharp. I'm delighted. I'm very excited to see these come out--and I hope you are too.

They come out August 1st! On shelves everywhere! Pre-order here or here! Or better yet, pre-order at your local bookshop!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Opabinia, Unloved Prehistoric Animal Shirt Design #3

Here's a funny looking Cambrian...thing. The Opabinia!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tiktaalik, Under-appreciated Prehistoric Animal T-shirt Design #2

Tiktaalik, a not-quite Tetrapod from the Devonian Period. Funny name.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Uintatherium, T-shirt Designs for Unpopular Prehistoric Animals

I took a whack at the next TACO HELL panel, and to be honest, I'm just too swamped to do one of those right now. A lot goes into those. I will finish that story. The maddening thing is, I could finish it in 5-6 posts easy. I just can't find a window to do it right now--too complex!

I'll try again next week, when this manuscript is finished. If that doesn't work, I'll wrap it up in July when the BIBLICAL TIMES are over.

In the mean time, here is a cute lil' Uintatherium. A giant horned mammal from the Eocene Period. Also, as you may have guessed from the name, it's from the Uinta mountains of Utah!

The next few posts will be t-shirt designs for unpopular prehistoric animals. That I can handle.