Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Recently, McSweeney's released, Panorama, an homage to the endangered species of publication that is the newspaper. Also just as recently — in fact, at exactly the same time — I had the honor of having my art appear in this prestigious endeavor.
My particular contribution, "Draw Your Own Thrilling Space Adventure", was in the Comics insert, specifically in The Rear End section. This section, edited by Mac Barnett, was designed to entertain both young and old alike, a daunting task. Luckily, I was once young; and as my fresh, new prescription to Simvastatin confirms, I am now officially old. And in both phases of life, I found the art of Ed Emberley to be especially appealing, so Mac and I decided I should put together a "How-To-Draw" of a similar vein.
While rubbing illustrative elbows with McSweeney's talented congregation of authors and artists leaves me giddy with delight, I do regret the fact that I won't be able to see any of the Thrilling Space Adventures that might result from my instructional efforts. I mean... I'm missing out on stuff like this...
Or like this...
Or even like this.
What a shame.
Unless, of course... well... you fine folks have now seen how to put together a Thrilling Space Adventure... if you were so inclined to draw one... you could send it my way... and then maybe later I could post my favorites!
Yes! Let's do that! And don't feel obligated to use every character in my space adventure, or hesitate to use a character of your own. My only request is that it's at least in some way derived from my how-to-draw.
When you're done, post your entries to your own server or blog and send me the link. Or, if you don't have your own web space, you can just attach the image (nothing over 1mb please) and send it to . Remember to include your name, and your url if you have one.
Maybe I can even wrangle up some sort of prize. I've got some Superest books lying around here. Sutter and I wrote our names in them, so the library won't take them. Maybe I'll send them to the top five or so submissions? And I'll accept submissions for the next three weeks or so. Not that I'll be a hard-ass about it. Yeah... that sounds like a plan!
Any questions? Okay... GO!
Interested in the results? Check them out here!