The final art for The Day-Glo Brothers arrived on my doorstep two days ago, and I’m still totally floored by how magnificent those pages look.
Even before I’d sold the manuscript — shoot, probably before I’d even written the thing — I had a notion that the story of how those colors were created would make for a book that was visually very, very cool.
When I visited my publisher in Boston in July and saw the near-final art, without color, I thought I had a pretty good idea of how terrific the finished product would be. But what Charlesbridge and illustrator Tony Persiani have come up with exceeds every expectation I’ve ever had.
What’s more, I have to keep reminding myself that I still haven’t seen this book in all its glory, printed with daylight fluorescent ink. It gives me the vapors just thinking about it.
I can’t wait for you all to see this thing for yourselves — and for me to be able to tell you exactly when that will happen. In the meantime, should you find yourself within arm’s reach of me, feel free to ask if I’ve got the final art with me and if you can see it.
I think you can guess my answer.