In July 2018, while attending ICON (The Illustration Conference), in Detroit, Michigan, I participated in an “Experimental Comics” workshop led by Lilli Carré. One of the exercises was to use a six line poem, (“Short talk on rain” by Anne Carson, from her book, “Short talks”) to create a six panel comic narrative. When the workshop and the conference were over, I wanted to use the six panels from that exercise as a starting point for a new comic. As a challenge to myself, I wrote and illustrated the remainder of the new story in less than 30 days. I also created original typefaces for the cover and interior text.
The result of that 30 day challenge is “The Shipwreck of Captain MacNamara”, a 48 page comic combining elements of horror, science fiction and suspense. The book will debut at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 15 & 16. Pre-orders are available and and will begin shipping on September 18, 2018.
A Boat. A Skull. An Egg.
What happens when an antiquities dealer (a grave robber) finds (steals) a valuable artifact (cursed skull) belonging to a mysterious (dangerous) sea creature?