Ashes the Graphic Novel I illustrated, after a previously published short story by my close friend Steven Savile is finally available both as an Ebook and printed Paperback. Hou can get your copy at your favourite preferred online stores. And Paperback (printed) is available via your favourite bookstore, just ask them to order it.
Paperback & Ebook
We made the Ebook version distributed via Amazon, while the printed Paperback is printed and distribution via IngramSpark in Europe, USA and Australia among many places. Basically around the world, made possible via Ingramspark/Lightningsource indie publishing.
Started 7 years ago and Rocketed to finish year of Pandemic
This has been a 7 year long project. Sometimes it feels more like 10 years. Every time, every year I thought this was the year to finish Ashes and get it published, life came and client illustration work took over.
Being a freelance illustrator self employed means paying gigs is very important, of course. And some illustration client projects, chasing new clients are very time consuming. And taking time from personal projects like Ashes.
I decided in January, lets make this one available this year
In January I decided this year god damn it, Ashes would be made. In the midst of my body in pain, two leg operation, Corona pandemic and fortunately lots of freelance illustration work, I managed to accomplishe this one. I’m impressed i managed it actually. If i may say so myself.
I remember how I told Mia, my better half, I didn’t dare show Steve I was working on Ashes. Moving forward with speed, parallel with client work, in early spring, with a raging pandemic suddenly felt this was the time to send Steve an image of my work on Ashes.
Remember, I have every year talked about Ashes and sometimes shown an image for him, of our joint personal project, only to not have the time to continue. I didn’t want this to be the case again, this early spring.
But I was steadfast and focused. And showing Steve basically every day on what I was drawing was instrumental. He never asked me to do it. I just felt I needed Mia and Steve to constantly see what I was working on, everyday, by showing every page I made. Their support have ment loads.
And one thing that really helped a lot, actually, was my purchase in December of a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Pro Pen. It meant a lot. Silly it may sound, but it have been instrumental actually.
The coming days you will be able to see this wonderful love story ”Magical Realism” come to live as Graphic Novel (comic book) over 65 pages.
I am very proud. Thank you Steve for writing a beautiful story.
Ps. We even have a soundtrack playlist available on YouTube. How about that! Ashes the Graphic Novel Soundtrack
Illustrator, Graphic Artist