Dave Keller

Design Director at NewSpring Church

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

This has been my favorite book for about four years now and it's a pretty epic story about war, love and comic books. I'm a nerd when it comes to comics and it's the whole reason why I read the novel and I love how it's more than just comics but this story of cousins trying to make it during the golden era of comic books.

It's pretty rad, let's do this!

[NOV 7]

I've been kicking this idea around in my head since yesterday. The comic book hero in this novel is called The Escapist and is based on the ability of escapology and inspired by Houdini. Kavalier is escaping from Prague because of Hitler and has left his family behind and struggles with the new environment of America, being away from his family & this new comic book world. I thought it would be cool to have stacks on stacks of pulpy comic books to form the letter C and to have chains wrapping around and choking the books.

All the while some pages are torn off and falling to the ground with panels of The Escapist comic with Nazi paraphernalia which is what the hero is constantly fighting throughout the comics and WWII.

My description is far better than my sketch but I usually sketch to remember and communicate my ideas on paper. It should look better when I get to the actual creation of the piece. I've also included some of my reference for this project.

Rough Sketch

[NOV 6]

Here's my word list for this project. I'll be doing sketches in the next day or so.

Word List
• Escape
• Transformation
• Houdini
• Magic
• Polio
• Nerd
• WWII
• Nazis
• America
• War
• Drafted
• Comics
• Prague
• New York
• Baggy Tweed Suit
• Illustrations
• Cartoonist
• Old Ad Agency/Illustration Tools
• Paste Up (Google this)
• Hitler
• Coffin
• Smuggle
• Strongman
• Superhero
• Love
• Magician
• Rosa Saks
• Freedom
• Family
• Reunite
• Rescue
• Golden Age
• Jewish
• American History
• Iron Gauntlet
• Golden Key
• Evil
• Isolation
• Navy
• Antartica
• Jack Kirby
• Sam Clay
• Josef Kavalier
• Gay
• Empire State Building
• Lost
• Alone
• Struggle
• U-Boat
• Death
• Foreign
• Hated
• Oppression
• Dictator
• Victory
• Uphill Battle
• Relentless
• Son
• Thomas
• Circus
• Dali
• Beautiful
• Uncomfortable
• Finding Oneself
• Scrappy
• Hard Worker
• Cheated
• Betrayed
• Left Alone
• Abandoned
• Survival
• Pulp Books
• Newsprint
• Old
• Panels
• Ink
• Cross Hatching
• Primary Colors
• Hero
• Villan
• Fighting
• Punch
• Kick
• Slap
• Win
• Defeat
• Triumph
• Overcome
• Against the Odds
• Shipped Off
• Secret
• Hide
• Sneak
• Blue
• Yellow
• Blonde
• Radio Show
• Radio
• Movie
• Film
• Book
• Stan Lee
• Jack Kirby
• Spider-Man
• Captain America
• Batman
• Greats
• Legend
• Skyscraper
• Skyline
• Brooklyn
• Over Seas
• Spandex
• Costume
• Gauntlet
• Glove
• Chains
• Bound
• Bondage
• Trapped 
• Tied Down
• Knocked Out
• Losing
• Ropes
• Knots
• Handcuffed
• Threads
• Flag
• Boat
• Plane
• Soldier
• Uniform
• Mask
• Identity
• Aloof
• Distant
• Separated
• Disconnected
• Loss
• Boots
• Belt
• Gadget
• Skill
• Strong
• Nimble
• Flexible
• Smart
• Crafty
• Sneaky
• Cunning
• Jump
• Athletic
• Mysterious
• Lover
• Fighter
• Eras
• Time
• Span of Time
• Break
• Broken
• Tom Mayflower
• League of the Golden Key
• Tyranny
• Escapology
• Crime
• Guise
• Iron Chain
• Mystic Key
• Powers
• Champion
• Champion of Freedom
• Superhuman
• Agility
• Axis
• Locksmith
• Killed
• Killed In Action
• Luna Moth
• Enemies

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