made an illustrated edition of Moby Dick
and is now kickstarting a print edition
Moby-Dick is the second public-domain book I've illustrated and self-published, and it's one that I am uniquely obsessed with. Even 160 years after its publication, it's a strange, fascinating, impossible book. It's nothing like everything you've heard about it. It's an adventure story and an encyclopedia of an enormous, grotesque industry on the threshold of the modern world. It's a unique and passionate articulation of the self-destructive extremism that has always been a driving force for the United States.
Since early 2015 I've made a series of 53 full-page ink illustrations for Moby-Dick. I've tried to represent the enormity of the book and its diversity in tone and format—some images are portraits, some are dramatic moments, some are diagrams, and some are icons. I've posted all of them online as I've finished them.
For this book I'm working with Make That Thing again: they're coordinating with the printer and they'll do the order fulfillment when the books are received. These are both things they are very good at and have done many times!
As noted, he's using Make That Thing
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