The Hand of Glory – pulp anthology

Okay, this is something I’ve been working on for a while – a pulp-style anthology, thirteen stories all written by me, illustrated by thirteen different artists.

The Hand of Glory was a 5-page story I wrote when I was pitching ideas to the editors of the Imaginary Drugs anthology. It wasn’t the story we decided to go with, but I really liked the story and wanted to do something with it. That’s when I connected with an artist named Anders Blidlov. We put together the design and look of the Hand of Glory “universe”.

I highly enjoyed working with Anders and thought the story we put together was pretty good. I’d started writing some other stories featuring the same characters, all 5-page stories, all loosely connected. I talked to Anders about doing more stories together, but his schedule had filled up and he wasn’t able to do more work.

So I took a page from my buddy Nic J. Shaw’s book and decided to have a different artist illustrate each story. I reached out to my friends, artists I’ve worked with before, artists I’d always wanted to work with, and started to put together more stories. I had to cut it off at thirteen 5-pagers.

All this preamble is to set up some samples here of the stories. I will be running a Kickstarter campaign in the next few months to fund production of this book, but I wanted to show some of the dynamic art that will be used in the anthology. Thirteen artists – thirteen different styles – all fantastic work. Lettering and design on the final product will be by my friend Micah Myers, who is bringing his A-game to each story.

Here we go:

Anders Blidlov

Anders Blidlov

Rob Croonenborghs

Rob Croonenborghs

Jim Lavery, colors by Paulo Miguel Garaygay

Jim Lavery

Giles Crawford

Giles Crawford

D.C. Stuelpner

DC Stuelpner

Matt Lesniewski, colors by Mark Dale

Matt Lesniewski

Matt Rooke, colors by Agus Harianto

Matt Rooke

Vlad Legostayev, colors by Matej Stasko

Vlad Legostayev

That’s all I want to show right now. But I’m super excited about this project, and can’t wait to finally launch my first Kickstarter campaign. I hope you’ll all (the five of you that read this) take a look at the campaign when it launches and consider helping us out, as I think this book is going to look incredible.

I’ll do my best to keep this updated here on the blog. Thanks for reading!