jim berry and val mayerik – of dust and blood – graphic novel
art director/designer: rob story, illustration: val mayerik, writer: jim berry, letterer: simon bowland, production art: chris matthews
sometime at the beginning of 2016, val mayerik asked me if i would help with a book he was working on with a writer named jim berry. the book was a graphic novel about custer’s last stand. it wasn’t your typical graphic novel in that it was historical fiction with some real attention paid to the details of the actual battle. right up my alley. and who wouldn’t say yes to working with a legend like val (the co-creator of howard the duck). below are the pages that i actually designed. i didn’t want to publish the whole book in my portfolio because 1. i didn’t create the art and the lettering and 2. i didn’t think jim would appreciate me putting his labor of love out there for free. now, this copy isn’t exactly how the book looked when it was published. you’ll notice that on the fly page, val did a great watercolor of custer for me, and everyone (except simon) has signed the credit page. this one was truly an honor to be a part of.
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