The Secret Subway has now been released! Monica Edinger was kind enough to interview the author Shana Corey and myself about the project over on Huffington Post
researching Alfred Eli Beach and his Pneumatic Trans Company was, at times mysterious and moving.these little scratches are how all the characters got their start.
this shows the final dummy of the book
these 2" studies help me keep a consistent focus throughout the 12 month process
Excited about this new book to be released March 8th! “Absolutely wonderful in every way” –Kirkus, Starred Review
New York City in the 1860s was a mess: crowded, disgusting, filled with garbage. You see, way back in 1860, there were no subways, just cobblestone streets. That is, until Eli Beach had the idea for a fan-powered train that would travel underground. Fifty-eight days of drilling and painting and plastering later, Beach unveiled his masterpiece on February 26, 1870--and throngs of visitors took turns swooshing down the track. This true story by Shana Corey and a New York Times Best Illustrated artist, Chris Sickels, will wow readers just as Beach's subway wowed riders over a century ago.
special thanks to Dempsey Rice for editing this trailer.