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Adam McCauley
May 2009
June & August
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When Chad Beckerman called me from Abrams to illustrate Vivian Walsh's new picture book, June and August, I was quite honored and more than a bit intimidated:  this is Vivian's first picture book not illustrated by J.Otto Seibold (firm occupant of my Pantheon).  Vivian's wild manuscript was simultaneously poetic, sensitive, abstract, sweet and idiosyncratic and needed a conceptual approach to some of the ideas it contained.  I sweated a lot, procrastinated, talked to friends about it and circled the drafting table and all that stuff.


When I finally set aside the time and sat down, it came out surprising easily (except a tricky "bridging" of the front part of the book to the back). Chad is a great guy to work with, very low key, and he made the whole process a breeze. I won't give away the story, but suffice it to say an elephant and a snake meet one night...



Here's a book trailer I had fun making, wrote a little Vince Guaraldiesque background music for it so turn up the volume! June and August is one of two books that I've illustrated due out in September 2009, so it will be a busy autumn of book events.

Where No Man Has Gone Again
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My first comic in an ongoing series for Tor.com, Star Drek, is now live. Please click the link to see the entire piece.

Irene Gallo first talked to me about doing some of these when I was out in NY in February, so when I returned I began tinkering around with ideas.  With a fantasy/sci-fi emphasis at Tor, I found as I began noodling that my inner-geek was surprisingly alive and well.  Researching Star Trek bought endless mirth to me, but I now have a ton of new ideas to develop (kind of scary really, the sci-fi fantasy world that still exists within).
The sketch: I ended up swapping out Guhuru and Blingon for compositional purposes, for better or for worse.  I almost went with Suluhuru, but it didn't get me anywhere. I have to say that something weird happened on this in that I normally consider myself a crappy caricaturist, but for some reason I think I was able to nail Bones without a lot of effort, and even Bjork was sort of close, considering she was grey and bald and devoid of futile resistance and all that.  Of course that swan gown is a massive crutch (re:gift), but hey what's a half-baked caricaturist to do?


And, on a different note, here's a YA book cover I did for Irene late last year.  The kid is a young zombie, gotta love him.  Apparently this book has really taken off , so I'm presently at work on the sequel's cover. 


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