Working as a freelance artist means a number of projects never make it out into the world. Here’s a look at a great gig that got away. I was hired in 2008 to do a cover illustration for the first edition of Matt Taibbi’s The Great Derangement, an author I was proud to be associated with. The text had already been laid out by a designer and I needed to come up with something recognizable that would instantly relay that America had gone mad. As sometimes happens, the publisher decided to “go in a different direction” and that was that. These are the three sketches I came up with.
My Kickstarter for Life Begins At Incorporation is close to being funded, having raised over $17,000 in the last week. The outpouring of support has been really invigorating and I can’t wait to start writing and compiling the book. If you haven’t backed it yet, you can pre-order the book now and help take me over the top.
I say in my pitch that if I hit my stretch goal of $30,000, I’ll print a second collection of comics. What I don’t say is that hitting that level would enable me to spend 2013 focused on my comics, turning down freelance to draw three cartoons a week as often as possible. If you back at $40, you get the book and all my new cartoons in your inbox every Monday morning for a year, and help me hit the stretch goal.