Farewell, A List Apart


— Today marks my last issue with A List Apart.

Illustration can be a solitary endeavor, and my particular method of crafting demands a lot more isolation than I’d prefer. But A List Apart has always helped me feel a lot less alone, yesterday more than ever.

It has been my absolute pleasure and honor to work on this magazine for the past nine years. Jeffrey gave me a place to dream, to run without fear. There is no question in my mind that I could not have succeeded as an illustrator without it.

I have had the opportunity to work with some of the smartest and most talented people I’ve ever met in my life. The chance to help tell their stories, and voice their passion. To serve an amazing and rare community that prefers to build rather than tear down.

To those of you who read, who have contributed, and especially to those who make A List Apart, I bid thanks and a fond farewell. Words cannot express how you’ve made me feel.

Luckily, this can: http://bukk.it/algebraic.gif

Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure

Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure

— Good news! I’ve got another book coming out. A mystery! You like mysteries, right? You do?!!!! Hmmm… perhaps I will give you clues about the book, and you can figure out what it is yourself, like a real life detective! Wait… unless you already clicked on that link. Did you already do that? So, you totally just… skipped to the end of the mystery. Nice. Way to kill something that could have been really fun. Ugh. You’re the worst.

Drawing by Kevin Cornell from Lulu's Mysterious Mission.

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission

— Please gather round for a quick announcement! Closer. Closer. That’s it, tuck in there. Lots more room in the front here… don’t be shy. Yes, I’m talking to you, ma’am. What’s your name? Henrietta? Really? That’s an unusual name. You don’t see a lot of “Henriettas” anymore. No… it’s great, it’s a good name. I was hoping your name might be Lulu, though. It would have been an excellent segue to my announcement. Well, because the book is called Lulu’s Mysterious Mission. Oh, yeah… I’ve got a portfolio entry with concept art and everything. Dammit — if your name was Lulu that would have been perfect. Well… I mean… that WAS the announcement… no point in using the megaphone now. Okay, everyone back to work or whatever.

Count The Monkeys

Count The Monkeys

— I’ve uploaded a new project to my portfolio — a children’s book I recently finished entitled Count The Monkeys. Check out the portfolio entry to get a look at the finished product, as well as some of my rough layouts and concept art. Or, if you’re the sort of person who hates looking at my projects, I suppose I can find something else to entertain you. Hmmm… lemme see… OH! Here’s an article on an exotic delicacy called “Chocolate Milk“.

Some concept art from an upcoming children's book.

Shark and Octopus

— What with the Undersea Horrors I’ve been drawing this week, I figured I’d balance it out with some undersea non-horrors. This is a bit of concept art from a kid’s book I’ve been working on for the past couple of months. What’s it about you ask? Why, a shark and an octopus! How does it end? Well, I’m not really comfortable spoiling the ending, bub. What’s my middle name? I’m… not sure I see how that’s a relevant question. When was my first sexual experience? Okay, that question is out of line, jerkwad! I warned you about boundaries! This interview is over!

Drawing of a melty house.

Book 28, Page 95

— I recently closed out my twenty-eighth sketchbook (meaning I stopped drawing in it). But before placing it in the ol’ barbecue pit, I figured I’d post a page out of it. I decided on this melty house because all the other drawings were of dragons riding unicycles while juggling naked women holding baseball cards with a dirty word in them. SO freaking boring.

Relax. I would never shoot a bear. Even though several have shot at me.

Bearskinrug, Redux

— After many a month, Bearskinrug has relaunched with a new face. Here you can find all the work I put out into the world. Browse through the stream of comics, sketches, tweets, and illustrations I’ve generated since closing the previous Bearskinrug, view the various projects I’ve worked on, or treat yourself to a book that I’ve produced. I’m sure you’ll find something you like! Or, if not, I’m sure you’ll find something you don’t like. It’s a win/win for you!

But before you close this window and return to that BuzzFeed list of the top 87 celebrities who hate pineapple, I would be remiss if I did not thank those who made this site possible. First, my endless thanks go to Matt Kircher, who took my lifeless .psd’s and zapped them into existence, and then had to grin and bear it as I tinkered under the hood in my clumsy fashion. I assure you, if you find something askew, it is probably my doing. Thanks also to Daniel Mall, Greg Serault, and Ashley Steigerwalt, who pitched in last minute when I needed some more coding help. And finally, thanks to brave folk who gave me feedback on the site, Kimlan Cornell, Matt Sutter, Jason Santa Maria, Peter Dalkner, Kirk Peterson, and Rob Weychert.

Now, with that out of the way, I bid you a fond adieu. Which is french for, I’m totally going to eat a bunch of pie and Benadryl and zonk out for 17 hours.

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