I have another story I’ve been working on. I’ve wanted to do a version of George Washington and the cherry tree for a really long time, an *almost* wordless 28-page children’s book I’ve planned out examining a myth that’s really like two sentences: George chopped down dad’s tree. When confronted, told truth. I’ve always been drawn to it because it actually highlights deviousness from a figure we’ve almost deified in this country. Sure, he tells the truth in the end. But first he destroys property! He does something terrible! The real George Washington went on to set the precedent for some of the best parts of the American Presidency, but also owned human beings until he died. I like the myth because it’s about honesty, but it’s also about sin. I think it’s a uniquely American story. We do wrong. We sometimes try to make it right. The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Even if it takes a really long time to get there. . . . . Anyway, this is the first page I’ve decided to work up from my dummy book. An establishing shot of George and a dog that accompanies him through the story, waking up and taking a look at the Potomac before the story begins in earnest. A reference, perhaps, to Calvin and Hobbes: “It’s a magical world, Hobbes Ol’ Buddy... lets go exploring!” It took me a really really long time to finish! I’m not super experienced with landscapes, and it was really important to me that I got this one right. More of these to come in the coming months, in between more mock book covers and King Arthur and Star Wars stuff. And as usual, swipe for some closer details!