Monday, November 29, 2010

Cue REM song...


At last June's ALA conference, Gene Yang told me that I would never make the deadline for my next graphic novel, Around the World.

WELL, he was... right, actually. However, I did finish the the interior art last week. It's a wee bit past my deadline, but who's counting (besides Candlewick)?


The last of the three stories was the tale of Thomas Stevens, Wheelman (it will appear first in the book). Looking through my archives, I discovered that I failed to photograph any of the process for the Joshua Slocum section for the blog. I can assure you that I did finish that, too. Actually, it's all a little bit hazy. Graphic novels are like marathons and there are times when you get caught up in a blur of creativity. It is always best not to question the sanity of the endeavor, but to move forward each day.


I am very happy with the way the book has turned out and — for the most part — I did enjoy the process immensely. I'll be talking more about Around the World in the months leading up to its 2011 release. But for now, I shall rest... as soon as I finish the cover.

7 comments:

Ben Hatke said...

Hooray! I'm sure you are closer to your deadline than I ever manage to be...

I'm excited to see this book.

matt said...

Thanks, Ben! I think I'll still not quite believe it's over when it's over.

And I can't wait to read ZITA! Where is it?!

Hazel Mitchell said...

Hi Matt ... looking forward to seeing this one!

Michelle Henninger said...

YAY!! That is so great!! Can't wait to get my hands on it!!

Jack Foster said...

Those graphic novels are a lot of work! Congrats on getting closer to completion and on your recent book signing Matt!

william thomas ternay said...

Matt... I attended your presentation last spring, at the library, in Paoli.
Most enjoyable and informative.
I asked a lot of questions (I'm also an illustrator)and you were very gracious with responses. One more question: Are your "finishes," with the Graphic Novels, done same-size, or up in scale?
Much thanks,
wmt

matt said...

Hey, William! For this book, I drew the pages at 150% of the print size. I did Storm in the Barn at around a 30% enlargement (on account of the fine lines).