Saturday, January 22, 2011

Heartland: "The Big Thrill"

1989 and my first-ever brutal cold snap (defined as ten or more successive days at forty-below or colder): documented temperatures of -50 to -70 hit the Interior for fourteen days straight (though it's been worse before), and I in turn documented the experience in my own way, which wound up being a two-page spread in Heartland, plus the cover illustration. Long-time readers will note that the same desperate snowman motif was resurrected in 2008 for the cover of my final Freeze-Frame book, "It's Gonna Be A Long Winter." Theses were another example of art gone awry after suffering some serious printing errors: as if the drawings weren't atrocious enough in perspective, all the darker halftones blotched out and obliterated any areas shaded with over a 60% gradient. Still it was some sweet exposure, of the only sort one would want at those temperatures.
Also amusing to read about the self-imposed label of an "East Coast" cartoonist, and juxtapose that with the inexorable evolution into an "Alaskan" one over all the succeeding years of residency. Makes me wonder what I am now while sitting here transplanted in Maine, and how the marketing image will be influenced after adaptation - after all, it didn't work in Georgia.

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