Dreaming the pandemic away?

If 2021 had any sort of theme as it relates to my publishing output, it’s been wrapping up projects that had origins in previous years (or previous decades), and my newest collection of comics is no different: Fever Dreams began life as a collaborative project back during the pandemic summer of 2020.

Unfortunately, the pandemic affected everyone’s creativity & productivity in different ways. I know I struggled quite a bit, and still seem to be suffering from lack of focus. My partner in that project had a hard time coming up with a body of work– or even sharing works in progress– and eventually we let that idea of a collaboration go. For better or for worse, I’m not one to easily let go of a project once I’ve got work done for it, and I decided to produce a collection of my pandemic- inspired dream comics. I’m glad I did, and hopefully this will help me put the pandemic behind me (at least creatively; given the news of yet another variant spreading across the world, I don’t think it will be behind me in real life for quite some time) and help me move on to more positive work in the future… 

Fever Dreams features dream comics with all your pandemic and dystopian “favorites”: face masks, murder hornets, shambling zombies, visits with friends far away & friends long gone, plus the end of the world a time or two. I’m really excited with how it turned out, and I enjoyed producing its more elaborate finished form, including color stock, color accents on the interior art, and a full-color dust jacket cover!  Turning those fevered dreams into comics reminded me of how much I used to enjoy doing two-page comic “singles” back in the 90s, so I included a couple of those that matched the tone of Fever Dreams, turning one into an actual promotional single that I used as a bag-stuffer during last month’s Crafts and Drafts event. (That event, by the way, was really encouraging, giving me the chance to once again see my work connect with people in a way I haven’t been able to in far too long.) I was pleased with how that single turned out, too, even if I didn’t do a blatant enough promotion of Fever Dreams on it. Another thing to work on for next time…

Fever Dreams is a 16-page black & yellow comic w/ color accents and full-color cover dustjacket; trim size 5.5 x 8.5″. You can get a copy by mail via my Square store for $8.00 postpaid in the US. You can also get a copy by becoming one of my Patreon patrons during the rest of 2021 at the Correspondent or Art Lover level (plus, joining (at any level) gives you immediate access to other online bonus comics, including a full-color Human Spring adventure)!

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