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Odds and Endpapers

Posted in Conventions, Monster Alphabet with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Paul Swartz

Hey, y’all. Sorry for the hiatus. It’s been a busy few weeks, what with MoCCA and Paint and Pixel to attend and thesis work (at this late stage it’s mostly the busywork of printing, binding, etc.) to complete*.

The conventions were well worth attending, though. When I tabled at MoCCA last year, it was the first con I’d ever worked. I feel like I’ve learned so much since then. It was a very rewarding weekend. I sold well and enjoyed my glimpses of civilized living. I can’t wait to move down to New York!

Paint and Pixel, in Northampton, was an especially pleasant surprise. For a new, small convention it was really well attended. There were lots of great people there, both behind and in front of the tables. It’s pretty much the closest thing there is (yet!) to a CCS con, so that felt pretty cool. It’s also kind of the Hampshire con, as Hampshire is probably our biggest feeder school.

It was nice for me to get back to Northampton, where I once spent a lot of time as an intern at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. I can’t overstate how much I like the town. It’s really beautiful and a little European, filled as it is with old stone churches and humble tenants in grand buildings. I specifically remember an out-of-place-seeming Urban Outfitters. Where I’m from, the city is much newer and more homogeneous. There’s a lot less architectural hermit crabbing there and most of what there is involves the repurposing of Pizza Huts.

My favorite collision of the old and new in Northampton is definitely the (sadly) defunct comics museum, with its subtle, second glance-requiring Ninja Turtle gargoyles.

Anyway, I’m finally back to the studio and back to work, which feels great. It’s about time. I’ve been very anxious to get working. The only new work I’ve been able to do in the last couple of weeks has been on stickers (see the mole up top) and on the endpapers for “Meet the Monsters.” Here they are:

I like the design a lot. If there’s a cryptozoologists’ guild out there, or even just a casual cryptozoologists’ club, I’d be happy to work something out with them logo-wise.

* As some of you may have heard, I’ve also been auditioning for “Jeopardy!” I’ve got a pretty good feeling, but I’ve also got a year and a half to see it confirmed or contradicted. I’ll keep y’all posted.


(It’s Almost Time to) Meet the Monsters!

Posted in Cryptozoology, Monster Alphabet, Monsters, Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Paul Swartz

So I’ve still got one letter left to illustrate, but I thought I’d go ahead and unveil the cover for “Meet the Monsters.” This design came together pretty quickly and, by and large, I’m pretty pleased with it. the only thing I’m not sold on are the errant hairs on the explorer’s cheeks, chin, and neck. I’m not sure they read clearly. They might just as easily come across as weird burs or darts he got stuck with in the jungle.

Anyway, I’m almost finished with this book and can’t wait to get it out there (and up here) for people to read and buy! For better or worse, it has to be done in two weeks, so you’ll all be seeing it soon!