Dr. Syn – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Marshmen and smugglers in 18th century Kent

Dr. Syn The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh by Scott Dutton

Russell Thorndike‘s Doctor Syn first appeared in the novel of the same name in 1915, with six more novels following in the 1930s and 40s. The general public knows Syn from the 1964 Disney episodes starring Patrick McGoohan, but that’s only one version of the story. The rest is worth looking at.

Forever Love Cover

A custom comic book cover commission for newlyweds

A friend of the happy couple approached me to create a romance comic book cover of them surrounded by some of their favourite characters. Fun piece. I understand they liked it.

Ships of the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology

The future never looked so good

With Star Trek revitalised after the release of the first film in 1979, a new wave of licensed products and books entered the market. A personal favourite is the 1980 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology, written by Stan and Fred Goldstein, and illustrated by noted Trek-alum Rick Sternbach.

John Carter of Mars 2 : The Gods of Mars Poster

Many people have talked about what happened with John Carter (of Mars) – the movie – this spring. The film was good, the marketing was weak, and the unfortunate result is that the sequels are very much in doubt.

Wall Cutaway

A straight-up technical illustration to show potential clients how modular structures are constructed.

The Starlost Compendium

The Starlost was a television series that aired primarily on NBC in the U.S. and CTV in Canada during 1973. Created by Harlan Ellison – with technical details on the ship by Ben Bova – it was an early foray into Canadian-American co-production and syndication release. Special effects genius Douglas Trumbull was also on board with a new process using miniature sets and camera effects to dramatically reduce the costs of producing movie-quality science fiction on a television budget.

When the Sky Fell

When the Sky Fell details a scientific theory about Earth crust displacement first put forth by Charles Hapgood, and expanded on by Rand & Rose Flem-Ath. Albert Einstein supported Hapgood’s work. The theory also dovetails with Plato’s description of the end of Atlantis, and the many flood myths in ancient literature. When the Sky Fell was first published in the 1990s, and I was at one point working on the updated version to be published as an ebook.

Unlimited Magazine Department Headers

Transitioning from print to the web

Unlimited Magazine has been Venture Publishing’s award-winning business/lifestyle magazine for Gen Y, but with the economic downturn, it’s profitability as a print product has evaporated. The company has decided to turn it into an online product and I was tasked with creating the headshots for the various departments.

That Place on the Hill

When I was a younger man, I thought being book smart made me smart in life, but I was absurdly ignorant about the latter.

At 21, I was years away from understanding anything about myself, and I was at the end of my first three years at the Alberta College of Art (now The Alberta College of Art & Design : ACAD). College was not like high school, and the visual communications program demanded a level of maturity, discipline and talent I did not have at that point in my life. And not being able to deal with it, my behaviour was disruptive and not appropriate for someone who was hoping to become a contributing member of society, let alone a creative professional.

Best Communities for Business

Best Communities started as a feature in Alberta Venture magazine. Then working with the staff web programmer, he built the basic structure, while I provided art direction and interface details. It was a successful collaboration.

This project won in the Best Cross Platform category at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards in 2009.