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:
Jim Lavery, colors by Paulo Miguel Garaygay
Matt Lesniewski, colors by Mark Dale
Matt Rooke, colors by Agus Harianto
Vlad Legostayev, colors by Matej Stasko
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!