I've been meaning to take a picture of the actual book but we had house guests and I'm trying to catch up on work and...uh, well, I also don't know how to upload photos from the camera. So, ha ha on me, Mr. Marketing King. Anyway, maybe these links to some pictures editor Scott Allie took of the book will work and provide an idea of how the finished product looks:
Fig 1. Assistant editor Daniel Chabon with the book in question.
Fig 2. A flip-through shot showing the color section and endpaper design.
Anyway, the main thing is that I have one and you don't, and you funnybook-enlightened folks who want a copy to brighten up your stodgy comic book shelves will have to wait until December 21st to buy it in a comic shop (or January 3rd or thereabouts if you pre-order the book through Amazon).
I have to say It feels really strange having all this material finally collected between two covers, almost 23 years to the day I awkwardly wrote and drew the first Milk and Cheese comic (October 26th, 1988, to be exact). 23 years! Holy crap. And I was 23 when I did that first strip, wasn't I? Numerology is bullshit but that's still pretty funny. Half my life ago. Cripes...
In related news, the Milk and Cheese pin-up auction to help with Steve Niles' dog Sonny's cancer treatment is now live. If you can't bid on the piece, or any of the other art Steve is offering up (some from his private collection, some donated by artists such as Mike Mignola, Guy Davis, et al) maybe you can donate a few bucks if you're a fan of Steve's work, or dogs, or you're just a charity donating fool.
And finally, there's whatever this is:
Half my life later.