|Unshelved's Dewey & Merv, reading The Thing: Project PEGASUS|
(unpublished original title page sketch)
Artist: Bill Barnes
This was a gift from my wife, in April 2012. Unshelved is a long-running online comic strip about life in a library, and my wife and I have been reading it for years. With the release of their 8th print trade compilation, Too Much Information, they offered a limited "Artist's Edition" whereby they'd draw something of your choice in the title page. My wife asked to have the main character (Dewey, a graphics novel loving, but somewhat jaded, librarian), and teen patron Merv reading the 2010 The Thing: Project PEGASUS Marvel Premiere Classic. As anyone reading his site probably gets, I'm a big fan of the PEGASUS saga, and actually mapped that particular volume during my time freelancing for Marvel. It holds a place near and dear to my heart.
For whatever reason the artist did not erase the initial pencil drawings; that's why there appear to be some random unexplained lines across this piece. If its not clear above, this is not freestanding original art; it's a sketch on the title page inside the book and the various block print text bits were pre-printed. Only the sketch and signatures are unique/original here.
My wife had apparently tried to arrange this in the past at some ALA conference or another and failed, for whatever reason. She tells me she'd discussed it with Mr. Barnes, and he read and loved the Project: PEGASUS Saga as a youth himself.