Above is the 2-page spread that will be appearing in the third issue of Glenn Head’s comics anthology, HOTWIRE. I’ve always loved those old postcards that advertise for the location they describe by depicting elements of it in illustrations captured inside bold, garish letters. I’ve split the image in half so it’s easier to see some of the illustration work:
It seemed a natural for Glenn’s anthology. Below is the concept sketch I sent him.
As you can see, I changed the imagery somewhat. Below are a couple samples of the kind of postcards that served as an influence. Maybe the most famous one being the “GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J.”, depicted on the cover of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park.
As the story goes, the record company was trying to decide on a good cover for Bruce’s debut album. He came in and showed them this postcard – one that could be found at any tourist place in Asbury Park at the time – and said, “What about this?” For those of you who are “Tramps” like I am, you might appreciate the inclusion of Springsteen in the 2-page spread (yes, that’s him in the “I” – as he appeared in the middle 1970’s, with that ridiculously funky & floppy, oversized stocking cap he used to wear). For those of you who aren’t fans….well, you should just listen to more Springsteen. I suggest starting with “Greetings from Asbury Park” and making your way forward.