This new monster series is a follow-up to the DC super-hero trilogy I did for Viking ( Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman). Since I grew up watching the classic movies and ultimately reading the original source material ( literature and folklore ), I thought it’d be fun not just to create a series close to the original writings and myth while paying homage to the films, but to also introduce an auditory aspect to the books so kids could role play being the monsters as they read or their parents read to them;
“RAAH! RAAH! STOMP! STOMP!” – ( Frankenstein’s Monster )
“ARF! ARF! AWOOOOO! ” – ( Werewolf )
“HISSSSS! MUWHAHAHA!” – ( Count Dracula )
( page samples below )
Countertop Display for 6.25″ x 6.25″ books – Packed in half dozen
Below are sample spreads for the Werewolf and Dracula books I started along with manuscripts…
Perhaps under my own imprint, Cruikshank & Wallace Publishing
Why the name of Cruikshank & Wallace?
My publishing imprint is a dedication to John Wallace Skinner. A WWII veteran who helped liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp and one of the most incredible human beings I’ve ever known. I met Mr. Skinner right after college in a beautiful turn of the century industrial building in the heart of downtown Cleveland, where I landed my first design job in the early 90s. His resume included being the director of the Salvador Dali Museum when it was first in Cleveland in the 1970s, Director of the Cleveland Aquarium, a window display designer for the Halle building, then owner of a book and print shop below the studio I worked in.
After one visit we became life long friends, in which he became a major influence in my appreciation for the craft of books, printing and the famous political cartoonist George Cruikshank. The birdcage and fleeing bird represent what reading books means to me and I think most people…the ability to escape from our realities to wherever our imagination or knowledge take us.