So I think (I think) my Turkmenistan book is pretty much done. Terry’s read it, mentioned some changes. I’ve made the changes. I still need to put the cover together, the end feels close. I think Terry and I have settled on a title of The Golden Age: Two Years in Turkmenistan. And along with the work on the book coming to an end my time in Vermont is also ending. I’ll be moving back to Boston (Cambridge, Somerville) in the beginning of May. Last weekend I was down looking at apartments and it’s the same plan for this weekend.
And then once I get settled there I guess I’ll start on the next book. I’m weighing two ideas… a reality based book about travelling back and forth across America or a post-apocalyptic romp (something like Beach Blanket Bingo plus Mad Max divided by Candide).
Looking back, this may be a little bit of an exaggeration. I did have some ideas of the kind of story I wanted to tell. I’d seen Turkmenistan mentioned in a number of books and I’d seen a number of news articles about the country, but because most Westerners can only get a two week visa to travel in Turkmenistan there were definite limits on what kinds of stories the authors could tell. I wanted to tell a story that could only be told by a person who had lived in the country. That was my starting point and everything else flowed from that.
And here is a detail of the inks for my cover.
I’m planning on flat colors, maybe only five or six. All the black lines will probably be a dark green, but I’m not sure yet. It’ll take shape as I start working on it. For the title I’m thinking of having it in a bar of color across the top of the book (it would be something like the cover of one of those old Blue Note jazz albums)(only with a broader band for the title). And Terry is probably going to hate this but after reading the book one of my friends was so adamant that it should be called The Golden Age that he sent me a list of reasons justifying it. I was convinced. So Terry and I will be talking about that again.
I always seem to be coming to this realization that nobody looks anywhere near as closely at my work as I do.
And here are some pencils of the cover for my Turkmenistan book (it’s a little cut off)(it does go around in a complete circle)(but you get the idea). I’ll probably being adding a few more details before inking. I want to get as many Turkmen thing as I can in there: flags, watermelons, camels, a bust of Turkmenbashy, a good Turkmen hat, carpet designs, a five headed eagle. There should be an inked version for next week.
And in response to Naomi’s question about favorite graphic novels I have to say I really like Hate by Peter Bagge. It’s not really a graphic novel, but I always end up reading all my old issues all in a row. In fact, I think I might go dig them out right now.
And feel free to check out my personal blog.
I just got told that my drawings of myself make me look like a grizzly monk. Is that so? Grizzly?
Not too much news on the Turkmenistan book. At the moment a copy is USPSing its way to Terry in New York. I’ve been working on the cover which is coming out pretty well. Hopefully I’ll at least have some finished pencils to post next week.
It’s been kind of a busy week. I managed to get the bulk of the Turkmenistan book done (there is still the cover and some editing to do)(so maybe I shouldn’t use the word done)(but I want to). I also managed to turn thirty, which someone told me is the new twenty. All I can say about that is I hope not. I don’t remember twenty being any great shakes. In fact I seem to remember having to hunt down people to buy me beer and being extremely clueless around girls.
Now I can buy my own beer and I’m only moderately clueless around girls.
Here’s my second installment of comics about comics. I hope you enjoy it. This is really an experiment on my part so I’d love to hear what people think, commentwise, suggestionwise, criticismwise, or questionwise.
Work on my Turkmenistan books is going along well. I’m about eight pages away from completion (though of course there will be some tweaking still to go)(how much tweaking I’m not sure)(Terry and I will have to talk about it). And I think the title will be Joe and Azat, which is short and simple.
And I’m always putting new stuff up on my blog at jesselonergan.blogspot.com
Since NBM started this blog I’ve been a little confused about what to post. I’ve been posting finished pages, but that kind of seems a little pointless because you’ll see the finished pages when the book comes out. I love the pencils that Rick Geary posts, but my pencils don’t look anywhere near that good. They don’t look like much of anything. And notes and scripts, well, I can’t really imagine they’re too exciting on their own.
So I’m thinking of something like a comic strip about drawing comics. Something like the extras section on a DVD. This is the first and I’ll post one every week or so and talk about my process of drawing comics.
And I’d love some feedback, so let me know what you think. Also if you’re curious about any part of the drawing process and would like to see a strip about it let me know. And it doesn’t have to be just about this Turkmenistan book, it can be about anything really.
And I’ll be posting these comics about drawing on my blog as well: jesselonergan.blogspot.com