John Martz v. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Who are you and what do you do?
I’m John Martz. I am an illustrator living in Ottawa, Ontario. I studied design after high school, but always had a passion for cartoons, animation, and comics, so I think my style is an ever-evolving combination of the two worlds. My work is seen in children’s magazines, greeting cards, and other publications, and my comics have been in both the Flight and Syncopated anthologies. I also founded the illustration and cartooning blog Drawn! (drawn.ca) with several of my illustrator/cartoonist colleagues.
- Why did you pick the book you chose?
It’s always been a favourite, and I seem to discover something new every time I read it. There’s something quite special about reading Douglas Adams. His words seem to have this knowing wink to them, like he’s pulling away a curtain to reveal all of life’s absurdity.
I did a school book report on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As part of it, I drew illustrations of all the characters. They were all horrible, so perhaps this is my chance to redeem myself.
John’s a huge inspiration and I for one can’t wait to see his take on such wonderful characters. He’ll post his first illustration on February 12, so circle those calendars! In the meantime, peruse his wonderful portfolio and see his blog, where you will see so many good projects your head will spin!
Our last contributor of the day hails from Baltimore, but her subject matter is from a much more exotic land. Stay tuned!