What I’m Up To

Hi! I wanted to let you all know that Tales of Woe by John Reed will finally see the light of day/stores/shelves, woo!

The book will be distributed by powerHouse but is published under MTV Press. I’ve seen conflicting dates for publication – this link says late Fall 2010. Amazon says July 2010. Either way, it’s coming!
A description from powerHouse:

Sin, suffering, redemption. That’s the movie, that’s the front page news, that’s the story of popular culture—of American culture. A ray of hope. A comeuppance. An all-for-the-best. Makes it easier to deal with the world’s misery—to know that there’s a reason behind it, that it’ll always work out in the end, that people get what they deserve. The fact: sometimes people suffer for no reason. No sin, no redemption—just suffering, suffering, suffering. Tales of Woe compiles today’s most awful narratives of human wretchedness. This is not Hollywood catharsis (someone overcomes something and the viewer is uplifted), this is the katharsis of Ancient Greece: you watch people suffer horribly, and then feel better about your own life. Tales of Woe tells stories of murder, accident, depravity, cruelty, and senseless unhappiness: and all true.

Yup, heavy stuff! A nice (or should I say… brutal?) change from the children’s work though. I completed 5 images for the book, 3 of which are featured on that link, but you can see them all in my portfolio. I made them during the summer of ’08. My friend and comics creator Delia Gable also has illustrations in the book.

And speaking of departures from children’s work – I’ve been hired by TOCCA Beauty to make package illustrations for a new line of products. I’m really loving working with them so far, and when I can say more about it, I will! (:
And as mentioned before – Fancy, written by Kristin Earhart, will be published by Scholastic next fall. 2010 is definitely looking to be an exciting year!!

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