“Judge Sn Goes Golfing” Cover Art

Ladies and gentlemen, I consider this SUPER AWESOME:

Yes, the cover and interior illustrations of my upcoming signed chapbook “Judge Sn Goes Golfing” are by none other than Gahan Wilson. If you are not aware of who Gahan Wilson is, you have my pity, but this is easily corrected. Suffice to say that he’s one of the visual artists whose work I have always loved, and when Subterranean Press publisher Bill Schafer told me Wilson was doing the art, I giggled like a happy child for about a week. It’s really the perfect marriage of illustrator and story. I could not be more pleased. In fact, I’ll probably frame one of the chapbook covers and put it up on my wall. Because, dude. Gahan Wilson is illustrating my story. As I said: SUPER AWESOME.

The story’s not bad, either.

30 Comments on ““Judge Sn Goes Golfing” Cover Art”

  1. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, fulla green stuff

    Oh my god. You are the coolest person I kinda know.

    Gahan Wilson is one of my all-time favorite artists. That guy is responsible for how warped my mind is. Too cool.

    Lucky you. Damn lucky you!

  2. I’ve always loved Gahan Wilson’s art. All those years ago when I subscribed to Playboy, his full page cartoon was always one favored feature. You know, I just bought it for the articles anyway. And if you believe that, I have some swampland for sale…

  3. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    I swear, John, how many devils do you owe your soul to? It’s like you’re just dripping with good luck.

    Seriously, though, congratulations.

  4. Gahan Wilson is your illustrator. You lucky bastard ( spelled correctly ).

    Do you play golf then?

    After my latest golf outing with the local sake drinking crowd, I have a new favorite phrase. “Sake won’t improve your game, but it can improve your score.”

  5. Another longtime GW fan here. I don’t know whether Subterranean has used Wilson before, but for decades he’s produced SF-themed single-panel cartoons as well as multipage color cartoon stories, such as “Click” in the Science Fiction issue of the National Lampoon (June 1972).

    (Now, of course, I’m imagining his illustrations for Old Man’s War and its successors…)

  6. If that’s the golf story you read at Armadillo Con… awesome!
    That was so funny!
    That cover is very..ah…yeah,..brings back some images of the reading! Thanks loads!
    (Nice scoring a legend for the art!)
    Must have chapbook!

  7. I have been trying to find PDF ebooks to unavail for you. Are any available? I would like to read them on my linux based tablet PC. Non-DRM PDF works best. Can they be purchased directly from you perhaps?

  8. OK — that’s seriously major league. I can only dream to hope that Subterranean publishes my SF some day. (alien green with jealousy)

    Dr. Phil

  9. Heh. I found collections of his comic strip Nuts absolutely fascinating as a child despite the fact that I found his artwork borderline repulsive— which, in retrospect, was absolutely necessary to the integrity of the strip.

    Good job on getting an artist you admire on a collaboration! That’s definitely super awesome.

  10. Ordered, because it’s my birthday coming up, and it’ll be delivered in time to be a lovely xmas present from me to myself.

    This is wonderfully awesome, and I cannot wait to hold the book in my hands!

  11. I was thinking about buying it, but when it saw this my Visa® Card wriggled out of my wallet and did a little tap dance on the keyboard. Next thing I know…

  12. Charles Addams
    Edward Gorey
    Gahan Wilson

    Those three warped my mind as a child. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

    That is such a coup to score Himself as your illustrator. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  13. Oh yeah, Gahan Wilson! I miss having his “cartoon-a-day” calendar on my desk. I also remember something he did for the National Lampoon back in the Seventies (when I was swiping my older brother’s copies–also just for the articles, of course) where he had a chart describing essentially every monster movie ever made; I really wish I still had that copy, it was uncannily accurate.

  14. How does that saying go?
    Something like ‘In olden days, men would beat the ground with sticks and curse and they would call it witchcraft. Now we call it golf.’

    Congrats – he’s a great artist!

  15. Agreeing with Dave Hall at #21; but Ralph Steadman should also be on the list.

  16. Hey not that it matters (well, maybe it matters a little) but I read this story about a year ago, and it was AWESOME.


    So, um, yeah. You should totally get it (because it’s awesome).

  17. My favorite Wilson cartoon is the one where Ziggy joins the Procrastinator’s Support Group… but they keep postponing the meetings!! HA HA! Oh, Ziggy, will you never learn?

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