Funny enough last night my friend Beth talked me into going with her to see this Moby Dick thing at the Wexner Center. Moby Dick is a book I have avoided because I know it holds so much meaning to people and what not. I just can't comprehend trying to read it (I know I am a horrible and backwards person). Perhaps I will someday but only because of this.
I didn't realize it at first but then when Beth showed me another link to the event I put it together. My friend Arnell's brother in law Matt had illustrated a book! Not just that, but it was an Epic project and so close to the heart of the 365 project that I just picked up myself. Listening to him speak is kind of funny because I remember when he married my friend's sister, I remember when he was a dude at Laughing Ogre Comics that I used to chat with about how much we missed SHOCC Comix and the things coming out from David Mack and Top Cow. It was years ago but I remember the way he talked and listening to him give a presentation was a bit surreal. It was good to hear him be the same person, candid and honest not on a soapbox being preachy but instead humble and still in awe of this great project and what it has brought into his life.
The hardest to listen to was him talking about how difficult some parts were and how it affected his personal life. Those are the things that scare me about art and my eventual immersion to Grad School. I did not get the book yet because the line was just annoyingly long at the event and since I kind of have the personal hookups I don't feel the urge to get it signed right away. I will be purchasing it very soon. It was a thick tome and very pretty to flip through. He will be an inspiration to many other young artists weather he realizes it or not. He also kept a Blog which can be found here!