Nick Pope: A Graphic Diary
I collaborated with the artist Christopher Darling to create a graphic novel called Nick Pope. I wrote the text of the diary, from the perspective of a troubled high school sophomore in 1987. Christopher illustrated the diary for his thesis project at the School of Visual Arts.
We published a limited run first edition in 2012, which is 7.5" by 9" and 160 pages. You can see photos of it here, as well as sample pages as it came together.
Sadly, Christopher died in 2018, leaving behind an incredible legacy of boundless compassion and incredible art. Check out his work at: www.christopherdarling.com.
Additionally, I adapted the graphic novel into a feature film script. That screenplay made the quarterfinal round of the 2018 Big Break Contest, an honor earned by only a small percentage of scripts submitted. Please message me if you're interested in reading it.
Finally, I've written two more diaries, which track periods of Nick's life in the summer of 1988, as well as the following fall. Chris was unable to illustrate these before he left us, but they're waiting for a new collaborator to continue on his legacy.
Great news: I'm working toward making the original diary available for purchase - on Amazon and Blurb! I've got my fingers crossed that this will happen by the end of 2022. I'm so excited to share this work with everyone, and to honor Chris.