2008. The year I got my act together. We've reached the fourth post in my farewell series to my old blog, celebrating this new blog and new site. As mentioned before, I'll be highlighting one post a year from my old blog's almost nine year history.
Also! The digital version of my book, The Hidden People (previously $5) is pay-what-you-want.
Like I mentioned above, 2008 is the year I got my act together. 2008 marks the completion of not only my first sketchbook, my first personal project, but also my first (unpublished) completed YA novel manuscript. It seems only right to highlight posts detailing all three of those projects.
The first, my (unpublished) YA novel, Jack & Inar.
The above picture is from this post on May 21, 2008.
Chapter Three: “Filthy!”
In which the proprietor of the establishment extols the virtues of filth and pink muffins & how his morning came crashing down.
As far as Mr. Adolphus M. Grimble was concerned there could not have been a lovelier sight. He strolled to his seat, loosened his necktie and pulled out the pink muffin he had stuffed in his jacket before leaving for work. Sitting comfortably in his fat chair, his chubby legs dangling above the floor, he munched on the muffin and mused. He sighed a contented sigh and thought a moment, trying to recall a time he had been more pleased. He then leaped (with some difficulty) for the great windows, thrust them open and shouted for absolute joy:
Chewing on the muffin, he listened to the semi-melodic dull sound of the many smokestacks pumping and machines clattering. He gazed at the fields upon fields of all the towering, billowing smokestacks, and it filled him with shivering delight. But hearing himself speak pleased him even more, and he redoubled his efforts to provide, in his own estimation, a more complete appraisal of the situation:
“Positively! Overwhelmingly! Magnificently! FILTHY!”
He adjusted his spectacles, launched a wicked peal of laughter, and slammed the windows clattering shut behind him.
Yes, yes, this suited his tastes just fine. To Mr. Grimble, filth meant production and production meant filth. And as far as he was concerned, the presence of filth and production were paramount to this operation.
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Jack & Inar still holds a special place in my heart. It's 30-some chapters of ragamuffin kids and a giant dragon who, Rip-Van-Winkle-like, slept through the middle ages and awoke during the Industrial Revolution. There's problems with pacing and other parts and I may not be at all interested to draw buildings and smokestacks but still, there are a couple of characters (Inar the dragon chief among them) that might someday merit a second look. Until that day I've moved on to other projects. We'll see.
This post from July 15, 2008 (abrevated a little because it was originally about everything I was taking to SDCC '08) notable in that it features my first (mericfully, out of print) sketchbook.
Since this first book I've kept up the habit, producing one new collection of work a year.
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Last, but certainly the least, Ticket. In many ways, Ticket was my first real sketchbook. The untitled 2008 sketchbook was a collection of everything I'd done post-college to 2008. Ticket was a brand new collection of work, a wordless picture book following the exploits of a certain intrepid girl.
With out further ado, here's this post from July 14, 2008.
Ticket is here.
Those of you who frequent this blog will likely recognize the protagonist as Lily von Silvie Lenore, someone I've had with me for the past 6 or 7 years.
Lily von Silvie Lenore
Curious Events is a small book I made, printed and simply bound, for my wife (then girlfriend) and is one of my most closely guarded works. Ticket is a continuation of that story.
To me, Ticket is sort of like a postlude to the Curious Events story. There are four stories in my (yet unreleased) "Library of Curious Events."
Not necessarily essential to the overall story but more of a distillation of the tone and feeling of the books. Another enjoyable visit, for me at least. Curious Events in the abstract -- if that makes sense.
From the teaser itself:
Ticket is a story in pictures and a collection of all things Cory loves to draw. From windmills flying above grassy hills to massive birds landing in Grecian vineyards, Ticket follows the story of a girl, her hat, and the curious events which transpire.* * *
More than a year ago, I made a list of most of the stories and ideas I had going on at the time. I've kept it tacked up on my desk. Here it is:
If you notice at the top there's a doodle of little boat and an idea called "The Ticket"
That was the first idea for Ticket as it is now. But I can trace that idea to this drawing I did the summer between my junior year and senior year of college:
I've loved clock towers and boats for a long time.* * *
When the time came to start I made a list of everything I wanted to try and include and made notes and thumbnails. I spent several days deciding what I was interested in putting in it, what sort of things I wanted to do. I spent a while. I finally condensed the thumbnails to 13 spreads.
I then took a Saturday and sat on the couch for about 10 hours and went through each thumbnail and made a bigger, more realized thumbnail.* * *
Once the little story worked and I had everything I wanted in order, I set to work on the drawings.
They took about a two weeks to get through. I was working on a pretty tight deadline. On top of that, I could only work on it all at night. Unfortunately, there wasn't time in my work schedule to do this during the day so all production on Ticket was done at night.
I'd work like crazy at work on these three commercials at work then come home and do Ticket. It never once felt like a chore. Work did, but not Ticket. Ticket is something I've been wanting to do for a long time and I'm just thrilled I get the chance to see it in print.* * *
Once everything was drawn and scanned,
I set to work on the painting. This is probably the part I live for. I taped all of them down on boards on the floor of my room (not floor boards, boards laying on the floor -- don't be confused) and got to work.
I made a couple all nighters in the production of Ticket. These paintings represent one of them.
* * *Check out here for my post about the proof.
The next night I scanned them all, complied them in Photoshop, and called it good.
I think I took two nights to do the post-production finishing work. I think. Things started to get fuzzy towards the end.
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They put it all together and sent it off. Then the proof came back.
A few more days of waiting and now it's all done.
TICKET IS NOW AVAILABLE!
(link to the main store -- click on the "Publishing" tab at the top)
Check out our little commercial above. It takes you through the book page by page. This is a book trailer of all 28 pages of Ticket for you to see. Music written by Matt Silver.
Ticket is now out of print.
And with that, 2008 draws to a close. The year was notable in that it was my most blogged, 225 posts, as well the first year I exhibited at San Diego Comic Con and marks my first inviation to the Flight comic series.