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Book One in The Chronicles of Professor Nimbus

JUNE 2, 2009



Professor Nimbus and the Amazing Spectacles, published in 2004, is the first book in The Chronicles of Professor Nimbus. The story is a morality tale about one man’s sin, conflict and ultimate redemption. Nimbus is an astronomer who labors in obscurity until the discovery of a lifetime propels him to fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams - with terrible consequences. Suddenly all his base desires and fantasies can be fulfilled. Nimbus’s life unravels when he learns that his discovery threatens the very existence of the Earth - or does it?


I began working on The Amazing Spectacles in the spring of 2003. As with my earlier Nimbus images, the book started as a series of promotional pieces that I intended to print as postcards for a direct mail campaign. This time, however, the images suggested a story which evolved as I filled in the gaps. The process was very intuitive; I never sat down and wrote a story line. One image led to another.


I was taking a bookbinding class at a local arts workshop as I began work on the first ten images. For my final project, I bound these images together in a sequence that resembled a story, having a beginning and an end. I sent this "prototype" to the American Illustration 23 annual competition. It was accepted into the competition, which gave me the motivation to finish the book.


As my wife and I raise our three young children, I have a much greater awareness of those things in the world around me which I appreciate, as well as those things which I find repugnant - things which I want to avoid and protect my children from as best I can. It is these repugnant things which somehow became the focus of this book: consumerism, celebrity worship, a society which places too high a value on instant gratification and making a buck at all costs, unfettered greed, mass marketing (especially to children), and the corrupting influence of fame.
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