* Starving Artist: Jim Public Presents, Volume 1
* by James Hough
* 12-page comic book, plus a supplemental art history chart
* published January 21, 2013, by Jim Public
Do you have a dream? For fame? Fortune? A juicy burger? Jim the artist dreams of all three, but he only needs enough fame and fortune to pay for his family to eat at everyone’s favorite burger joint. And if he can just sell one painting from the back of his pickup truck, his dream will come true.
A story for all ages—told almost exclusively with pictures—Starving Artist follows the highs and lows of one artist’s day and the little joys that keep him going.
As a bonus, the comic book includes a supplemental chart that gives a brief and colorful lesson in the history and range of abstract painting, and it features James Hough’s canvas Burger Night.
Also available for $0.99 as an eBook…
And here are the first few pages, plus the bonus art chart…
* The Official Sidekick Handbook
* written by Too Slim and Texas Bix Bender
* illustrations by James Hough
* published March 1, 2011, by Gibbs Smith
Authors Too Slim and Texas Bix Bender pay tribute to the sidekick archetype with step-by-step slacker advice, including demonstrations on how to make your hero look better by making yourself the fool and investigations of sidekicks throughout history, both actual and imagined.
I did about 60 black and white ink drawings for the book, some of which I've included below. I looked at Will Eisner and Morris of Lucky Luke fame for inspiration, whose works, along with those of Gyo Fujikawa, are always within reach for study or pleasure.
I don’t make any royalties for the sale of this book, but I do collect a few cents if you click above or right here and buy it from Amazon. I am proud of this book and I love to see it do well. I owe a Texas-sized debt of gratitude to my friend Lisa Anderson–author and funny person–for helping me with the project from beginning to end. Thanks, Lou!