From the archives...

It's funny what you find when you go through boxes in your garage. For example, I found a $1 silver dollar certificate, a ninja turtle iron-on patch from when I was in 6th grade (it looked really sweet on my blue jean jacket), and the beginning of a story I started in high school with a remarkably similar plot-line to a movie that would come out years later featuring The Governator.

I also found a bunch of sketches I did of Letho Ferron characters that were mixed in with my college notebooks and textbooks. I've written before that I started thinking about the story that would eventually become my first novel, Fulcrum while I was in college, right around 1999-2000. It's really interesting to me how different the end product turned out to be from these initial sketches. For one thing, the bad guys were called "vampirates". I realize that many of you are thinking about closing your web browser (if you haven't already) and never coming back to my site after having read the word "vampirates", but stick with me. 

Crimson Jim's character hasn't changed much, but his look has. Here's one of the first drawings I ever did of Jim:

He has bat wings.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came out around the time that I was working on his design, and I think it's pretty obvious I had a man-crush on Darth Maul from the design choices I made.

Rowr!

Oh, hi there! Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior, Je-Ha?

And one more:

I hate to dine and dash, but...

And here we have the jolly roger. As you can see he is much different here than the description in the book.

Floating skull wraith in an armor suit: check.

Here is a picture of the character that would ultimately become Alastor Wyrre. Check out his sweet braid a la episode one Obi-Wan and disproportionately large head. I originally envisioned him more like a druid priest of some sort, instead of the undying barbarian warlord that ended up in the novel. Also note the deformed hand. I ended up using this idea with a different character in the second novel in the series.

This shirt is really awesome. It's super tight on my chest, accentuating how SWOLEHOUSE I am.

And last, but certainly not least, I give you Kak. Apparently at some point the slave bears were going to look like this, and one of them was named "Kak". Also, it's a space bear wearing an undersized human space helmet and some sort of overtly large medallion.

Take me to the space rave.

I hope you've enjoyed taking this little stroll down memory lane with me . I'd like to give a shout out to Brian Fajardo, the cover artist for books one and two, whose beautiful art work helped bring the characters to life in a way that I am technically incapable of doing myself.