Sunday, July 18, 2010

Grumpy Gus - Page 16 THE END!

Finally! I still have quite a bit of editing left to do, but here's the last page of the book. I'll be posting up the cover soon as well. I've got some ideas for how to compile this and get it on the web - I'd love to hear any of your thoughts on the topic, as well as the usual technical and artistic criticism (that is invaluable to me - you guys are my art directors). Gus is a never-ending font of inspiration for this (both the grumpy pages and the sweet pages!) that I could do this forever - thanks bud!


  1. I am in awe of your awesomeness! This looks great man. I want an advanced copy for my kids.

  2. Well done Chris !Any plan for 2nd book ?

  3. Wow, I love it. The drawings are incredible, and I want more!

    Seriously, I think you should add a few more spreads - it seams like it's over too soon. And adding a few more spreads could really help develop the characters and smooth out the storyline, which, if I'm being very critical, is still a bit rough.

    If you really want to get this published, I'd recommend teaming up with a copywriter - I'm sure you have some contacts (from your agency days) you could strike a deal with. They will have the expertise to help you polish the story into a real gem.

    This is one step away from being something truly awesome, and I want to see it become a huge success for you. Keep up the excellent work!

  4. Dude, this thing is so great; a autobiographical testament in children's book form. It's personal and relatable.
    ROCK ON.
    I like Clay's comments; tightening up never hurts. But all-in-all, I wish you the best in this endeavor. Many students have had luck with
    in creating their prototypes.

  5. Thanks everybody - it's been very challenging but fun! I couldn't agree more about the writing being rough. If I'm being honest, every page was "written" after the illustration was finished - not the way I would do it next time. This was really a big experiment for me, to learn the process (by doing the wrong thing most of the time!), and to develop a portfolio that represents consistent characters. My main goal is to get some illustration work and if that translates to writing AND illustrating, all the better. In the end, I've got something I can show Gus when he gets older to remember the "good times". He actually asked the other day to see the one where "Gus" doesn't want to get his hair cut - it's encouraging that he's talking in the third person about it! Thanks for the Blurb recommendation, Brian - it would be nice to have a printed copy to hand out or something, and printing it myself seems way trickier than I'm interested in! Thanks again art directors!!!