Since my return from Oaxaca, Mexico in 2008, I have been purcolating a new book idea. It simmered so long I thought I'd never get to it, but for the last three years I have been steadly working on this new graphic novel titled Ruins.
I wanted to combine my experience living in Mexico (2006-2008) with a deep interest in entomology, in particular the migration of the Monarch butterfly. Though the book is fiction I've based it on many experiences my wife, daughter and I had down there and have tried to give a snapshot of the amazing Oaxaca and its people.
Here are some excerpts:
Red is the flight path of my main characters, Samantha and George, a couple taking a sabbatical year in Mexico.
The orange is the migration path of the Monarch from Canada to a remote forest in Morelia
Woven into Ruins are some sidetracks including the story of Diego Rivera's mural for Rockefeller Center, "Man at the Crossroads"
There's also a book within the book that is written by one of the main characters, Samantha, that examines her life story in relation to the history of Mexico.
I just finished and delivered the final book today, ahhhh.
It blossomed into a 328 page graphic novel
which happily was picked up by several publishers.
English, French and Spanish editions will be coming out this Fall.
Above is the catalogue cover from the publisher of the English edition.
In preparation for the release of his movie, "Noah" Darren Aronofsky asked a handful of artist to add their visions of the flood for a group show in Soho. Above is my entry, painted on a bathroom window
While in art school at Pratt Institute, I started a magazine with my friend Seth Tobocman and much to our surprise 35 years later we're still publishing it--with the help of a large group of other contributors.
Here's the cover of the first issue. The title was inspired by the idea that Ronald Reagan and his itchy trigger finger was about to become the president of the United States. Here's a little video that goes into more detail.
Actually Seth and I go back way farther than art school. Here's our first grade picture (I'm the short one).
We both got interested in comics as kids and did our first fanzine when we were 11 (cover by our fave Jack Kirby).
We did fanzines together all through high school. G.A.S Lite was the official magazine of the Cleveland Graphic Arts Society--a small group of comic book nerds. This cover was done by Gary Dumm who later went on drawing regularly for another Clevelander named Harvey Pekar.
Here's a collaboration that Seth and I did together for the first issue of WW3.
So here we are 35 years later about to publish an anthology covering this history. The book is at the printers and will be out in June. We've been doing a Kickstarter for the last month to help cover the printing bill.
There's one day left in our Kickstarter campaign. If you buy the book now through this it will help us to keep publishing the magazine. But either way check out the anthology when it comes out this June.
Back to Oaxaca, Mexico where I lived 2006-2008. Hasn't lost any of its exotic charm...
The inspiration of travel always pushes me towards the surreal. Different moments collide and slowly form into a one interconnected image.
Drawn in the course of a day visiting Tlacalula market, the ruins of Mitla and the rug making town of Teotitlan.Those dark smears in the sky are from the Cochineal bug which is used to dye fabric and created the wealth that built Oaxaca in the 1500's-1800's
Monte Alban, was the largest city in Mezo America and sits on a mountain top a short distance from downtown.
It was abandoned around 750 A.D. for reasons they still haven't figured out. Not enough water? Not enough food? Stock market crash?