Oh, it's August 12th?
Ok, well, I'm in a Halloween mood anyway, since NOT VERY SCARY is out today!
NOT VERY SCARY was written by Carol Brendler and I did the pictures. Janine O'Malley was our editor at FSG, and I really couldn't wish for a better collaborative team.
We had a lot of fun making this book, and we're all thrilled that it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. I've decided to share some sketches and early stuff here for those interested - here goes . . .
|The final cover|
|Very early cover thumbnails|
|Early concept sketches of Melly|
|Melly in the final book|
|Early Goblin sketch|
|Some lettering options (we went with my favorite at the top)|
|A spooky house that I threw out|
|Some rats that also got canned - hope to find a purpose for these guys someday|
And here is some of the final art from the book:
|The Title Page (sans author/illustrator/publisher type)|
|My wife's favorite character is this spooked ghost|
I threw in some easter eggs, too, for any super fans out there (and mostly to keep it fun for myself)
|A screenprint by my friend Tim Gough that hangs in my living room |
found it's way into the book as the "Pin the Drool on the Ghoul" Game
|Here's Tim's poster in the book (with his permission of course)|
|Sculpture by my mother-in-law Julia Healy, made from pencils and a tree branch|
|Melly's cousin Malberta has a very similar sculpture in her living room|
|In a way the whole look of the book felt like my version of a tribute to one of my art heroes, Charles Schulz, and I directly referenced his work from the "A Charlie Brown Christmas" movie:|
|Pretty obvious right?|
NOT VERY SCARY is out now! Hope you'll check out the book, and Happy Halloween!*
*In 2 and a half months