As an (deputy) art director I have to assign a lot of illustrations as part of my job. For the latest issue we were waaay behind schedule due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays + other unrelated factors. With just a few days before we had to ship our pages we had not one but TWO illustrations to go with some last-minute stories. The problem with assigning illustrations is that people need time to complete them. First you give them time to concept it out and come up with a sketch. Then they send it in for approval, then they work out the final. Depending on the size of the illo and schedule of the illustrator, it can be anywhere from a week to three weeks, start to finish. This time frame put in me in quite a pickle since we needed the illustrations yesterday.
Who was I gonna call? Dan Goldman
, of course. Yes, the very same Dan Goldman that's on ACT-I-VATE
and has a book deal with Time Warner. He knocked out both of the needed illustrations — IN THE SAME DAY. Hats off. (not literally. I don't wear hats but if I did, you can believe it'd be off).
And while we're on the subject of Dan Goldman... the new season of his Web comic, Kelly, will premiere
. First smithmag and now nerve?