Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Max Finder Mystery: Collected Casebook 2

Hurrays! The 2nd volume of the Max Finder Mystery: Collected Casebook is out, featuring artwork by yours truely. Now, I've posted about Max Finder before (you can check out my post about volume 1 here), but for those who don't know, Max is a 7th grade detective who solves mysteries in and around his hometown with the aid of his trusty sidekick, Alison Santos. Written in a you-solve-it format, his adventures were originally featured in the excellent canadian children's magazine Owl. This 2nd volume collects another 10 mystery comic stories, mostly from the 2nd year of the series' run, along with a bonus section featuring puzzles and an artists sketchbook. Its available at fine bookstores everywhere but you can also order it online from the publisher Owlkids, or from online retailers like Amazon.com or Chapters.ca. It makes a great gift for readers aged 9 to 13.

Actually, Volume 2 has been out since late March, but I thought I'd make a post here, as I'll be appearing at a special signing at the Toronto comic shop the Beguiling on Saturday June 9th, from 2pm along with Max's writer and creator Liam O'Donnell. So if you're in the Toronto area, come on by and say hello -- I'll even draw you a sketch for attending!

And since this is a sketchblog, you can check out my sketches and the evolution of the cover of Casebook 2 below:


Paul Rivoche said...

Nice stuff Michael! I like seeing the sketches too!

Kyu Shim said...

Those 20 minute thumbnails pack a lotta punch. Your process is, as always, very instructive. Well done.

Michael Cho said...

Paul: Thanks, Paul! That's very kind of you -- you know how much I dig your work.

Kyu: thanks, buddy. Yeah, I always enjoy the early, thumbnailing part of the process -- its always fun to be more spontaneous and bang out ideas quickly in ink. The further along it goes, the more static and stiffer things get, I find.

Phil Alexander said...

Mike! Incredibly, I'll be in Toronto and in that area on that date. You can bet I'll drop by... unless Bruce Lee keeps me from attending. Be good to see you again. My cousin will love Volume 2!

-Phil from Hamilton.

PS: Did you know that with DOSBOX you can play the original Dungeon Master on a Mac?

Jason Chalker said...

Man you're good. I swear, your thumbnails look better than most of my finished art. :)

Michael Cho said...

Phil: Cool! It'll be great to see you, buddy, and geek out. Hope all is well with you and your family.

...but, dude, you gotta stop the retro-gaming! It's 2007!!!

Jason: haha! Thanks, Jason. But I've seen your finished art on your blog -- and you're wrong. Those pieces look great!

Anonymous said...

I love your drawings!I think they realy go good with the comics you are ilustrating.my sisiter likes them too.

Michael Cho said...

Awww -- thanks, Anonymous! I appreciate the big-ups! I hope you pick up the Max Finder Collected Casebook volume 3 if you get the chance!