Each book will feature different collaborators across multiple mediums.
Check out the amazing contributors below.
I’m fucking thrilled out of my gourd that Gil Nevo will design the collectible box for the 12 books in the A Million Words Away project.
Gil’s a DTLA artist, designer, creative director, brand strategist, and sometimes writer. He’s a fellow Gen-X’er who grew up in West Hollywood, and, like, me, rode his dirt bike all over creation—dreaming, imagining, connecting with everything and everyone around him—or trying/dying to connect.
But his art really rings my tumor. It’s weird. It’s fun. It’s cartoony, pastiche-y, slightly psychedelic—but not too much so. Its accessible yet not strictly naïve.
It’s a big deal for me that I get to work with the likes of Gil. Check out more of his stuff at @gilnevo_art .
Juiced and jazzed and generally jiggy that the great collage/ assemblage artist Norman Mallard has agreed to create an original cover and six inside art pieces (one for each story) for the third book in the AMWA series, Losers Weepers, a collection of six novellas, due out in hard copy in February ’20.
Norman is self-taught as an artist, but brings his strong design training to the table when he creates. His work often employs juxtaposition and humor to make sense of an ever-changing world, and his reliance on images and graphics from the past speak to this.
Each of his pieces represents one mashed-up, mixed-media mélange re-presenting some aspect, some angle, some view of the whole of our modern existence. As though his brain’s a machine that can dissect the universe slice by slice.
The Mansion On O Street
In October of 2019, I received a marvelously generous offer to become an Artist-in-Residence at the amazing, immersive, overwhelmingly tactile Mansion on O Street & O Street Museum in Washington, D.C. I couldn’t be more chuffed and humbled.
Since I first marveled at it in 1987, I’ve always considered the Mansion – designed in 1892 by the architect of the US Capitol – a special place. Nearly every President since Teddy Roosevelt has schmoozed within its walls.
I’m grateful to H and her husband, Ted Spero, for their offer. I was at first reluctant, fearing I couldn’t provide enough – enough publicity, enough flair, enough readers – to pay them back. But they’ve assured me they believe in my mission, support my project, and “this is exactly what we’re here for. To give you and artists like you the sanctuary they need when they need it.” How incredible is that?
Brian A. Bernhard
The archaic meaning of the word “weird” concerns controlling one’s destiny or fate. Brian A. Bernhard is a weird guy—on the one hand. He embraced his weirdness early: He was the blond, blue eyed Jewish son of a German mother. He was a teetotaling teenager. And an artist. You’ve got to be at least a little weird to choose that kind of life. But thank God he chose it. And thank the gods fate and destiny brought us together to collaborate on A Million Words Away.