thewaywardfox asked: Winston Rowntree illustrated your book? I preordered it just for you, but now I'm even more excited.
Winston DID do the illustrations for our book (get it!). I really couldn’t ask for a better collaborator and I hope we make lots of books together. Here are two of the ways in which Winston is amazing.
Perfect Execution of my Dumb Ideas: It was very comforting knowing that Winston could nail every illustration assignment I threw his way. I’d come up with some really dumb, really specific illustration idea without even knowing if it works and he would knock it out of the park and usually add things to it. There wasn’t a single rough draft I saw that I had to send back for not being what I’d envisioned. Finding a collaborator who is on your page and gets you is important and almost impossible.
Perfect Execution of his Own Ideas: I came up with a most of the assignments but there were a bunch, especially towards the end, where I was just lost. In those cases I would just send over the chapter and say “Look, man, I don’t know. Please read the chapter and come up with the perfect illustration, thaaaaanks.” And he would. I could just hand him a thing and trust that he would come up with some hilarious image that was tonally on point with the rest of the book. He saved my ass plenty in this book.
I second the notion that Rowntree is a benevolent demi-god of visual comedy. When we were workshopping ideas for this article, my suggestion was:
”I’m picturing two people on a date, with one person saying “what are your interests?” and thinking “MAN I HOPE THEY LIKE STAR TREK” and the other one saying “Oh, ya know… stuff and whatever” and thinking ‘this person is way too sexy to like Star Trek WHY DON’T SEXY PEOPLE LIKE STAR TREK I AM ANGRY.’”
Which the astute reader will notice has progressed right beyond “stupid” to “not technically a complete thought” and “probably at least partially a true story from the life of a sad little man.” But instead of immediately deleting the email and demanding that DOB fire me, Winston came up with this:
That’s not even the best image in that article. The Waiting to Die poster is the best image in that article. In fact, if the Waiting to Die idea weren’t so inherently depressing, I’d probably print it out and stick it on my wall.
My apartment complex shut off my water so I can’t make coffee. They notified me this would be happening, but they did it with a note on my door, and I didn’t put it in my Google Calendar because the distance between my door and my computer is about 20 feet, which is too far for me to remember something. So I have to walk down the street to get my afternoon coffee.
My point is that no one in American history has ever had it harder than I have it right now.
Let’s be honest: if you have to stay up all night to get lucky, you’re probably a stalker.