Friday, July 20, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Poem"

"Sing! O muse, the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Zeus fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another."

The Iliad
Homer, 800 B.C.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Behold! Uncovered in a recent dive: Old drawings and paintings dredged from the fiesty bowels of the Portland Studios Network.

All of these were completed approx. 3 - 5 years ago I think. During college years, at least.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Who is Adolphus M. Grimble?

Good question! Is Adolphus M. Grimble the next greatest literary character to appear in print? Will he go down in our collective memory as the oscillatingly sympathetic and delightfully hateable Proprietor of the Manufactory?

I don't know for sure but I am prepared to wait and find out.

He is, in fact, a person and character of my own creation. A strange mix of emotions, desires, and personal catastrophes. He is melancholic and explosive. He loves filth and pink muffins.

He has attained a position of importance in The Brothers Grimble: Jack & Inar, a story of my own writing and illustrating, set for print publication in the fall of 2007.

Adolphus has created a Facebook account and has set to demoralise those around him with insensitive personal remarks, unsolicited advice, and his overall ostentatious personality.

Request Adolphus M. Grimble to be your friend on Facebook and join the verbal abuse!

Below are some samples of his personality, congealed in actual comment form in response to writings on his Facebook wall.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

digital friend alliance

Look who has in fact joined the digital friend alliance, it's Adolphus M. Grimble, proprietor of the Manufactory, from the forthcoming Portland Studios book, written and illustrated by me, Jack & Inar.

You may click above to try and be friends with him on Facebook.

Monday, July 09, 2007


Onward and forward! Progress!
Abandon hopelessly narcissistic, Napoleonicly complex impluses!

Aspire to greatness! Seek the highest common denominator! Behold!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Geeky"

Geeky? An overweight man dressed in flowing ribbons carrying a platter of fruit? Is that geeky? I don't really know.

But I do know that this picture of me from a year or so ago thinking I'm Harry Potter is geeky. I can admit that. And I'm ok with that.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Tapestry

The Tapestry, book one: The Hound of Rowan

Here's the cover of a book coming in September from Random House. I had the privledge of designing and creating the cover. Their designer created and placed the text.

Basically they asked for something that felt like a "tapestry" and I took imagery from the interior illustrations (the author illustrated the book) and created the cover.

I hear tell that this title was the hot item at this year's BookExpo in Washington, D.C. Something about trilogies being dead and this collection reviving them. Something like that.

Maybe they just liked the picture.