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18 posts from September 2006

September 29, 2006

George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


While going through my sketchbooks I came across this older Mohawk, possibly a chieftain or a guide, and his pipe. I like his look. I wish that I had remembered this design while I was doing the finishes.

September 27, 2006

George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


From my sketchbooks. Cool shot of a sitting Mohawk or Oneida.

September 25, 2006

George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


I like this sketch of a rowing Mohawk. Another design that I’m sorry didn’t make it into the final book.

September 22, 2006

George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


Kinda nifty sketch of a Mohawk trader, his goods rolled up in duffel cloth and tied with a strap to his head and hands.

September 20, 2006



Anyone who has read Persepolis may have wondered if Marjane Satrapi was a one-shot wonder. This latest book of hers should put that to rest. I found this to be one of the most moving and beautifully crafted graphic novels in existence. Truly, truly romantic, from a truly remarkable author.

Comes out in stores October 7th in English, from Pantheon of course.

Oh, and more on Marjane Satrapi! At the Sony Classics website there are glimpses of the animated Perspolis movie which look extraordinary.


George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


Some examples of pre-contact Mohawk fashion. There was a lot of cultural diffusion in the early days, and I had to be careful not to depict the Mohawk and Oneida in incongruous attire. The Mohawk in particular were influenced by certain European cuts of jackets, and traded beaver pelts heavily for European shirts and glass beads, which they used to decorate their clothes.

September 19, 2006



George O'Connor, the creator of Journey Into Mohawk Country, (September 2006) and Grady Klein, the creator of The Lost Colony: The Snodgrass Conspiracy (May 2006) will be signing copies of their books at Midtown Comics at Times Square (New York City: 200 West 40th Street, on the corner of 7th Avenue) on Thursday, September 21st, from 5 to 7 p.m.

George O'Connor is a renowned picture book author and illustrator.Journey Into Mohawk Country, an adaptation of the diary of a seventeenth century Dutch explorer, is his first graphic novel-and a fascinating look at a little-known part of New York history. Publisher's Weekly called this book "a groundbreaking effort that will earn praise as an
unusual comics work and as a work of history."

Grady Klein comes to the graphic novel from the world of animation. The Lost Colony, which Booklist called "[a] witty, sophisticated, candy-colored adventure," is the story of a young girl, Birdy, who decides that if only she had a slave, her mother would decide to spend more time with her and love her again. Birdy's adventures bring slavery into sharp relief as an ugly scar on the face of American history.


200 West 40th Street, on the corner of 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

September 18, 2006

George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


Some stock faces of various Mohawk and Oneida. Some of these guys are in the final book, some or not. It was nice to always have a ready assortment of Mohawk “extras” for the many, many crowd scenes I would have to draw. My sketchbooks are stuffed silly with little doodles like these.

September 15, 2006

George O'Connor, Journey into Mohawk Country


Journey into Mohawk Country takes place during the period of time between Native Americans first being introduced to firearms and their actually procuring some for themselves. Throughout the journal, the Mohawk show a keen interest in the guns that Harmen and company carry, and on several instances request that the Dutchmen fire their weapons. These are sketches of some pistols that the Dutch traders may have carried.

September 14, 2006



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