For this illustration, I couldn't manage it all on one piece of paper; I thought I'd treat it more like a screen print, on different layers, even though I'm feeding it all into Photoshop.
And the finished version. I needed to send this lickety-split so it could go into the pack that Oxford University Press are taking along to the Frankfurt Book Fair. (I think the Twitter hash tag will be #fbf12 for English-language tweets and #fbm12 for German.) Book designers all around the world are going absolutely nuts getting ready today, so send them lots of virtual hugs and real chocolate.
Other news: Congratulations to my friend David Lasky and Frank M. Young for the launch of their long-awaited graphic novel The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song I visited David at his studio and saw him working on this last time I was in Seattle and could hardly wait to see it all printed up. It's a real labour of love.
Here's a little peek inside:
And I haven't got my hands on a copy yet, but this is an official blurb. And you can find out loads more on Carter Family: Don't Forget this Blog.
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is a rich and compelling original graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family — the first superstar group of country music—who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Many of their hit songs, such as “Wildwood Flower” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” have influenced countless musicians and remain timeless country standards.
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is not only a unique illustrated biography, but a moving account that reveals the family’s rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, its dynamic narrative is pure Americana. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the power of music and love.
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is published by Harry N. Abrams and comes with a CD of Carter Family music. Hopefully you can buy it at all good book shops and comics shops (and also on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).
Getting things made by David Lasky through the post is always a complete thrill. Here's a parcel from him which arrived last week, with some older comics he made, a piece of artwork which I bought from his recent exhibition, and a lovely collaged envelope. Thank you, David! (He's dlasky on LiveJournal.)
The first time you see a book you've spent months, or possibly years, working on, is always wonderfully exciting, and a little scary, too. Here are David and Frank, the first time they saw their new book.