Here are four more pages from my new 20th Century Murder, “Lovers Lane,” which detail the discovery of the bodies of Rev. Edward Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills on September 16, 1922.
I’m looking forward to being at APE this weekend (Oct. 1&2), my first time there in four years. Anyone reading this and planning to be in San Francisco, please stop by my table and say HI!
Here are the pencil versions of some of the introductory pages for the latest volume in my Treasury of 20th Century Murder series: the story of the still-unsolved Hall-Mills double murder in New Brunswick NJ in 1922. When doing the research for a murder case, I always try to find out as much as I can about the city where it took place. One reader, in fact, told me that with my books he always imagines the voice of the late Paul Winfield, of the documentary series “City Confidential.”
Below are penciled pages for a key episode in my next book, “The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti.” It’s a classic murder case with more legal and political content than I’ve ever taken on. In fact, where one comes down on the pair’s guilt or innocence depends almost entirely upon where one sits on the political spectrum. Nevertheless, there are enough contradictory facts and intriguing questions that it remains a true unsolved mystery.
I’m at present finishing up the final inking on “The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans,” but it’s never too late to make small adjustments and corrections. I just returned from a long-overdue visit to New Orleans, where I immersed myself in the atmosphere of the place. Below is a comparison of a penciled page (before my visit) and the final inked page, in which I more accurately represented the local architecture.
Here is a small preview of my latest book from NBM, “Famous Players: The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor.” It’s the convoluted tale of a still-unsolved 1922 murder in Hollywood, involving several film stars and other “famous players” of the day. The two finished pages reproduced here recount the discovery of the body, always the best starting point for a good mystery.
By the way, I’m proud and thrilled to be nominated for two Eisner awards this year, especially so because they both recognize my work for NBM, on last year’s book “The Lindbergh Child.”
Below are three preliminary sketches for my new book for NBM “The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.” I had been reading for years, in various sources, about the bloodthirsty killer (or killers) who dispatched six people, grievously wounded six more, held the city in a state of fear during the years 1918 and 1919, but was never caught or identified. Research was daunting since the information exists piecemeal in different articles and anthologies and is often hazy or contradictory. In many respects, the story has passed into the realm of folklore. No one has yet written a book recounting the entire case. My script, consequently, is cobbled together from a multitude of sources both in print and online.
Here is a shot of my studio, where I spend many hours per day, not unlike the average office worker, except that I can get up and leave whenever I want. Note the television (always on) and the bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper.