This is the first Tale illustrated by Marvin Mann, whom I’ve known online for several years. He’s illustrated several graphic novels and other short comics of note, including the multi-award-winning The Lone and Level Sands, Some New Kind of Slaughter: or Lost in the Flood, Inanna’s Tears, The Grave Doug Freshley, and currently drawing Love is in the Blood. Readers of JAQrabbit Tales might remember his contributions to the original Smut Peddler comix (before the current “graphic novel” format).
Several of the books he’s illustrated have been done with his and my mutual comics-making friends, and when he asked about doing a Tale, I was more than happy to send him some scripts to look at it. He’s doing another Tale, which I’ll be running later this year, and he’s also working on a longer collaboration with Dale Lazarov (one of the few writers that I’ve drawn for), which I’m sure readers of the Tales will want to keep their eyes open for. He’s also doing art for Charlton Neo, a resurrection of sorts of the old comics publisher (original home to Blue Beetle, the Question, etc).
Not counting the “Modern Family” pin-up I posted a couple months ago, this is the most recent Tale so far. That is, this one is set just a few years ago: in 2011, and was written well after I’d started working on this project. So it’s a story that was super-fresh in my mind as I wrote the script. If you’ve been reading the series you’ve seen Trevor briefly in “Bully” (dated 1991), which should give you some idea of just how long I’ve known him.
The title of this Tale has a dual meaning, of course: it was the day for Trevor and his wife Kim to move house, and it was an emotionally moving day… especially for me.