Death-Ray Covers

Here’s a color pencil sketch of an unused cover for Eightball #23, which Daniel Clowes drew sometime in 2003. 

After drawing, inking, and coloring the finished version of this illustration, Clowes decided it wasn’t right for the issue, wanting something bolder. Here’s another cover sketch:

Based on the above sketch, the image below is the comic’s cover ( the issue was released in June of 2004.)

The finished version of the first cover was eventually made into a large print by Alvin Buenaventura:

The print was available in two versions: one on high-quality paper and another on newsprint, a nod to the paper used in old comics, the kind Clowes read as a child.


i have the wonderful opportunity to attend SMALL PRESS EXPO 2014 for the very first time and work the PIGEON PRESS table (W 51-52) with nick maandag for alvin buenaventura. PIGEON PRESS is hosting the charles burns signing for the advance release of SUGAR SKULL, the third and final volume of the NIT NIT trilogy from PANTHEON BOOKS. PIGEON PRESS is offering many rare out of print books from charles burns along with a limited-edition signed and numbered gicleé printed bookplate of 200 made especially for SPX along with promotional NIT NIT masks.  PIGEON PRESS will also offer originals from charles burns, simon hanselmann, joseph remnant and nick maandag among other exclusive items. PIGEON PRESS is also reissuing nick maandag’s hilarious THE LIBERTARIAN, which debuts at SPX. see you there this saturday and sunday! photos by chris anthony diaz

***burns will be on 2 panels during the weekend***

saturday — alt-weekly comics roundtable — Noon - 1:00pm (white oak room)

sunday — charles burns spotlight/q + a — 2:00 - 3:00pm (white oak room)

the PIGEON PRESS artist signing times will be posted shortly