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A Great Gift Idea...

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Posting Live from New York, I'm pleased to share this video preview of The Graphic Canon Volume 2, an illustrious comics anthology featuring the greatest authors of the past adapted by the greatest cartoonists of the present... and me! Images from my version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's The Mortal Immortal appear somewhere at the one minute and twenty second mark, and you're going to love everything that preceeds and follows it. My interpretation of Somerset Maugham's Rain comes next year in volume three, but don't wait til' then... stop by The Graphic Canon's website for more information about how and where to get it today. You won't regret it!

And just a friendly reminder, Eureka's wonderful anthology, African-American Classics is available for holiday purchasing. One of the most beautiful projects I've ever been involved in, I highly recommend it to readers of all ages. Visit the Graphic Classics site for more details about this and othe…

At the movies...

Just worked on this promotional reel last week with my friend, film director Jose Skaf (Check out more of his short films and commercials at http://vimeo.com/50429110 or at the links on the right margin of this journal) and a good time was had by all. At the end is a clip from The Underkraken, a film we shot earlier this year that's in the post production stage right now. I can't wait to share that with you when it's done, so keep stopping by from time to time.
Best, Lance Tooks

Happy Birthday, Narcissa...

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Published by Doubleday Books in October of 2002, my graphic novel Narcissa turns ten years old next week. Here are a few images from and inspired by the book. I'm assembling a new edition in the coming year which will include Notes on Narcissa, a generously illustrated essay describing the creative process behind the 202 page graphic novel.

I enjoyed creating the book a lot and I'll always be grateful to its editor, Deborah Cowell, for making the whole endeavor possible.

 The very first day of Narcissa's release in stores, I received an email of congratulations from Eureka publisher Tom Pomplun, who invited me to contribute to his Graphic Classics series of comics adaptations. I've enjoyed being a part of his team, collaborating with the greatest writers who ever lived.

Narcissa also led me to NBM, whose editor and publisher Terry Nantier encouraged me to pitch him a project that eventually became known as Lucifer's Garden of Verses. The four volume fantasy series …

Dance Fever...

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No words... just recent images from the drawing board.




Lance Tooks

Kid's gotta eat...

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From the vaults, here are a few random bits of twenty-plus year old freelance gigs. I started working in the animation field with Madonna's 1987 film "Who's That Girl" and it led to a hundred odd projects for various New York studios, big and small. Often my assignments were comics related, for example "Magic Man" was an ill-fated animated pitch for Broadcast Arts... the concept was theirs but they sought a particular "look" for their proposal. My approach was 1940's retro, not very well received by the producers, but a style that would return to vogue in cartoons soon after. The protagonist was a young magician who solved crimes with trickery, and with the help of a spunky underage assistant.



Broadcast Arts had a controversial way of gathering visuals for their pitches... they would call several young, hungry artists together and ask them to illustrate their particular "take" on the proposal... on SPEC, which means "for free.&…

Okay... where was I?

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It's always Africa-Hot here in Madrid in August, but it's still my favorite month, because with most Madrile├▒os away on vacation, I feel as though I've got the entire city to myself. The last few months have been nuts in Spain, the nation's economic woes closing in tight around most everyone I know. But what else is new?

I finished my Claude McKay comic for Verso's upcoming anthology, "The Bohemians," and am hard at work on a 15 page companion piece about the pioneering dancers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus.


"African-American Classics," the comics anthology of great poems and short stories by Black authors, that I helped to create for Graphic Classics continues to receive critical raves and if you haven't got your copy by now, I strongly urge you to get one quick! You won't be sorry!  Publisher Tom Pomplun has also reprinted my adaptation of "The Bottle Imp" for his updated edition of the collected works of Robert Louis St…