I am a major sucker for the Flight anthologies, and really all illustrated anthologies. Where I typically have the attention span of a particularly flighty goldfish for longer stories, I prefer the style and compact narrative in short stories. That being said, I typically don’t much have the patience and attention span to even get to the stage where I’m illustrating the story and for most people the phrase “book I’ll never finish” refers to something they’re reading. In my case, it means all the stories I write and never get around to drawing. For me, all it takes to start building a story in my mind is the cover, which is often my favorite part of any visual story. I love the art of the book cover, but in many ways, it’s become a bit of a lost art, with many, if not most book covers being nothing much more interesting than a hastily photoshopped together collection of images that might have something to do with the story or at best a simple illustration developed by the designer themselves. Some day in the future I can only hope that will change, but until then, we’re all going to have to settle for what individual and underground artists can create.
Hopefully, my own contributions can be completed before I find myself distracted by and dropping it in favor of other projects. I’ve got a lot of them. I’ll be posting actual artwork from the stories as soon as I finish them far enough to feel like it’s worth sharing.