Happy to be able to reveal an ankle of some of the work I’ve been doing for an upcoming novella by Mary Rickert for tor.com. You can see the rest in the spring. We call this the long-tease. My thanks to Irene Gallo for bringing me one my favorite stories yet. I’d expand on that statement, but to do so would violate the rules of the tease.
Another one from the backlog. This is a cover for Malcolm Jameson's Tarnished Utopia originally published in 1942 and republished by Singularity & Co. in 2013.
Bipedal locomotion through the centuries for Runners World Germany. Whenever I think about the past everyone’s always moving with sweaty, athletic speed. Thank you Grit and Andreas!
While it’s fresh and topical, here’s a spot for Rany Jazayerli's article for Grantland on the paradoxical relationship between Orson Scott Card’s work and his opinions. Jazayerli makes a great point about seeing creative product in its own light. Thank you Juliet!
On the Hurricane Sandy/ NYT theme, here’s a sequential piece for Bill Williams' The Storm Inside on the Private Lives Blog. We went through a couple of iterations on this one. Depicting tragedy on multiple scales feels like a delicate job. Hopefully, we did alright.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to have a piece in the NYT Magazine on Hurricane Sandy and the past and future of the New York City Subway System. This piece focuses on the storm from the perspective of the transit workers. Many thanks to the author, Robert Sullivan, for letting me call him to discuss the interior of the MTA “command center”, and to Arem and the art department for trusting me with a topic like Sandy.
Here’s a spread for Priest & Grace’s most recent Eight by Eight Magazine. Been meaning to get to this one up for ages. The subject is Bert Trautmann, a goalkeeper for Manchester who in 1956 managed to break his neck during a game and then finish the final 15 minutes, actively and decisively ensuring a win. Trautmann died on the 19th of July, midway through this assignment. It was an honor (not to mention a nerve-wracking job) to help to memorialize this soccer hero. My thanks to Robert for the freedom and real-estate he gave me to make this piece.
On the pink and blue and door theme, here’s my poster for The Gaslight Baker Theater's production of The Uninvited. It’s a three act play by Tim Kelly adapted from Dorothy Macardle’s novel. And it’s been a movie a couple of times over. If you’re in Lockhart, Texas and you’re in the mood for a mother-daughter ghost story, go have a look. My thanks to Kate for getting me printed large.
My cover for Singularity & Co’s August release, Space Train. They’re continuing and expanding their explorations in self publishing to classic adventure stories. Aid them in their efforts to save harrowing tales of derring-do from obscurity with your contribution to Save The Adventure’s Kickstarter Campaign.
McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #44, yay! It’s a privilege to have my drawings in front of stories by Rebecca Curtis, Joe Meno, Jim Shepard, Stuart Dybek, Wells Tower, and Tom Barbash (in order of appearance). The best part of working for the Quarterly is being able to read new fiction early. All of these stories were exceptional, though Animals, The Gusher, and Happy Ending were personal favorites. Thanks again, Brian!
Spontaneous Orgasm for the NYT. It could be all in your head, and that’s not a bad thing… Thank you Erich and Aviva!
Here’s some recent work for TOR.com and The Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter by Andy Marino. Delivered in sections from one young lady’s diary, this story adds a speculative element to the hardships suffered by settlers on the wagon train to the WiIlamette Valley. As if they need it. “You have have died of [something worse than] dysentery”. Thank you Irene!
For Mental Floss on Houdini and his debunking of the spiritualist Mina Crandon, or “The Blond Witch of Lime Street”. Metaphysical spectacle, and one of the most inventive uses of a pressure bandage I’ve ever heard described (not that I’ve heard of a lot of them, but, you know). Thank you again, Winslow!
For Wilton Barnhardt’s Look Away, Look Away in the NYT Book Review last week. Fiction from the land of beltways and bayonets written by an author from my home-state, about my home-state. He teaches at NC State. A number of the reviews that I’ve drawn for have been mixed, and it was gratifying to read one so positive. I know—everyone knows that I really like and miss NC. Thank you, Nicholas!
New serial comic on Drawger. Regardez.