The second issue of Trigger Warning, our modest online short fiction magazine, is live (or undead) just in time for Halloween with an all-horror issue.
Last month we turned to Preston Lerner for a humorous light hearted tale, A Literary Horror Story, as a palette cleanser for the darker stories filling out that issue as well as a tribute to our pulpy roots. Sweet Dreams couldn’t be farther from that in spirit. It’s a (literally) nightmarish story in
This Saturday, October 3rd I’ll be doing a live demonstration and book signing at the University Book Store in Seattle. Here’s the roster of all the artists that will be there for Illustrator Day. I’m appearing from 1 to 2 pm.
11 a.m. to Noon : Mike Cressy Noon to 1 p.m. : Julie Paschkis 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. : John Skewes 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. : Wendy Wahman
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working on a fun project (far removed from Larry Gets Lost) with a lot of talented people. It’s called Trigger Warning Short Fiction, a Twilight Zone-ish collection of short stories by various writers. All the stories are under 5000 words and accompanied by limited-color illustrations intended to evoke the pulpy vibe of old digest-sized magazines.
We’re seeking readers and writers. Below are some of the illustrations but I encourage you to visit the s
This is one of my favorite spreads from A Ticket to the Pennant, a children’s book I’m working on set in south Seattle of 1955. It features the iconic Indeginious-meets-moderne facade at the west end of the I-90 floating bridge. It was designed by sculptor James Wehn in 1940. The two rounded portals used to be east and west bound, but since the expansion they’re now both eastbound which, unfortunately, makes it hard to view. My father, West Seattle High School class of ’60
It’s a little early for Halloween, but for a soon-to-be-announced project I’ve been reading a lot of horror stories and I recently discovered the perverse joys of Reddit’s NoSleep, where authors post scary original stories online. Content-wise it’s about as far from Larry Gets Lost and cute animals as you can get.
Each month NoSleep has a contest. July’s winning story (proceed at your own risk) was so haunting that I wanted to try to do an illustration for it. The story
Recently Sasquatch Books hired me to illustrate a children’s book called A Ticket to the Pennant, written by Mark Holtzen. It’s a story about the beer company-sponsored Seattle Rainiers baseball team winning the Pacific Coast League pennant in 1955. Set in Rainier Valley near long-gone Sick’s Stadium, the story provided me with a great opportunity for researching 1950s Seattle. I’ve discovered so many interesting things –some included in the book, many not– that I wan
One of the great things about working in a large art department is the ability to walk around and see what other people are working on and how they do it. Everybody learns little software tricks and techniques from each other. Now that I don’t work in a big department I have to learn these things on the street.
My all time favorite colorist, maestro Dave Stewart appeared at a panel of colorists at #ECCC. (Full disclosure, I can’t name any other colorists.) He’s the go-to&nbs
Just finishing up San Francisco ABC. The cover is still in progress but here’s a peek at the interior pages in the meantime.
Because the ABC books are a more simple narrative than the Larry Gets Lost books, I like to play with the design in a bolder way. Every spread is an opportunity for a different poster-like graphic. With this book I tried to evoke the feel of vintage 2- or 3-color printing.