Captain Halloween was a my first major project coming out of high school and entering college (we were advised to seek out real-world work in addition to our regular curriculum). Michael Spiroff, the author, had posted a contest to draw a hand, made of clouds, reaching down over a quite country town in which, I submitted this image to.
I ended up winning the contest because my image was “the only one that didn’t look like Scooby-Doo” and he liked the style. From there I worked with him and Scholastic Book Fairs to create the images and get them ready for print – eventually settling on a “floating frame” format for the story.
The book was a hit in the Author’s native town of St. Louis! The character of Captain Halloween became a staple in the city’s Halloween parade and the book received high reviews in several literary magazines. The book can be ordered in print here and in ebook format here.