Perhaps I should go back and color some of these old illustrations. Then again, don’t some things just work better in black and white? Well, maybe “better” isn’t the word. Many masters have worked primarily in black, white and grays and none would argue that their art was found lacking because of it. Edward Gorey, for one, springs to mind. If someone were to go back and color some of his pieces it would definitely change the “mood” but not necessarily for the better. Ok, I’m starting to ramble, never mind.

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 I’m pleased to find many positive reviews of the Moon Moth coming in. Here’s one excerpt I particularly liked: Ibrahim has done a wonderful job illustrating, laying out, translating (as it were) and pacing Vance’s original work. The whole design ethos is as crisp and clean as Vance’s prose. Those so inclined may read the… Read more.

This is the cover to my very first graphic novel The Moon Moth! It is being published by First Second books this Spring. If you’re at all a fan of classic science fiction then you would’ve no doubt encountered the work of Jack Vance. I had a lot fun adapting this fascinating short story. I also learned a lot along the way. My intent was to create an experience distinct yet faithful to the source material.

The book goes on sale this May (presumably to coincide with my birthday :P). You can enter to WIN a free copy at GOODREADS.COM. The contest ends on April 15 so there’s still plenty of time for you to enter. If you wish to preview some of the pages feel free to click here.

And finally, my graphic novel adaptation of The Moon Moth has been awarded “A Junior Library Guild Selection” for Spring 2012! This is a great honor and I’m very excited about it. For your convenience, you may click HERE to learn more about the Junior Library Guild.

And please visit this site again as I will be making it a point to update more often; I have post-it notes everywhere just to remind me (lol). Think in terms of days instead of months this time. See you soon.

I was once going to do the art for this graphic novel. It was a science fiction story about a girl living in a very fast paced future world. I did a bunch of prep-art for it, character designs, environments, etc. The story world was interesting and coming up with visuals for it was a lot of fun.

Alas, the author never finished the script. Instead of working on this story the author wrote a completely different one which has since been published. Ah, the fickle artistic temperament.

Well, I still have my sketches for memories. Oh, what might have been…