Tag Archive: AlphaBooks

Sep
11
2012

Alphabet Press – At SPX 2012!

As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, I’ll be attending SPX 2012 this year, as I have pretty much every other year since about 2000 or so.  What’s different this year, though, is that I won’t be attending as a solo cartoonist, but as part of the collective Alphabet Press table–a big …

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Sep
10
2012

Q is for Quasimodo

“Q” is already a pretty challenging letter, but if I was going to stick with my self-imposed AlphaBooks parameters of using only characters from books I’ve read, using the first letter of the character’s full name (rather than the last name as with “Don Quixote”), and using only one character from any given book, I …

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Sep
03
2012

P is for The Pirate Captain

My other contenders for this week’s “P” drawing were pretty easy to eliminate since I’ve already drawn characters from both of the books they’re from: Pilon from Tortilla Flat and Portunus from Lud-in-the-Mist. That left just this fella: P is for The Pirate Captain — From Pirates! In Adventure With Scientists by Gideon Defoe Before …

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Aug
27
2012

O is for Octavia

OK… Octavia is a pretty minor character in The Hunger Games, but she was just about the only “O” character I could think of from a book that I’d read and not drawn someone from already. O is for Octavia — From The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Octavia is part of the protagonist, Katness’s, …

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Aug
20
2012

N is for Nathaniel Chanticleer

O.K., I’ll fess up: this isn’t one of my favorite AlphaBooks illustrations. It’s based on a sketch I did on Thursday night that I’d normally have just pitched and considered a first attempt, but I was out of town this past weekend and had to go with what I had. It’s not a bad drawing, …

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Aug
13
2012

M is for Mattie Ross

I had a number of good possible choices for this week’s “M” AlphaBooks entry. The others on my “possibles” list for this week were Magwitch from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter series, The Misfit from Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find, and The Monster from Mary …

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Aug
06
2012

L is for Luna Lovegood

I was on the fence about whether to “use up” my Harry Potter character on “L” since I had another good choice in Lee Scoresby from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and because it would knock out Xenophilius Lovegood for the difficult-to-fill “X” spot. My list, as it now stands, is fairly short on …

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Jul
30
2012

K is for Kurt Barlow

Man, it was hard to come up with a K entry this week! I’ve been confining myself to books I’ve actually read, and the way I made my initial list was just by scanning my book shelves. That, though, misses potential characters from books I’ve read but no longer own–and between my selling stuff off …

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Jul
23
2012

J is for Jonathan Strange

Today’s post is from one of my most favorite books of recent vintage, 2004’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke. The book is an odd combination of fantasy, historical fiction, and alternative history. The basic premise is (as Wikipedia puts it), “that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: …

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Jul
16
2012

I is for Inigo Montoya

Most folks don’t seem to know this, but the 1987 film, The Princess Bride, is based on a book of the same name by William Goldman from 1973. The book is built around a clever and hilarious conceit that for obvious reasons couldn’t be incorporated into the film: it’s supposedly a modern abridgment of a …

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