The Process of Devon Devereaux

David Barker and I are most fortunate to have Portland-area artist Devon Devereaux working on our cover for Little Gray Bastards. Devon caught The Incessant Alien Presence perfectly! Here is his process art from first sketch to finished oil painting.

First sketch concept

First sketch concept

Cover concept final

Cover concept final

Pencil cover concept

Pencil cover concept

Oil cover in process

Oil cover in process

Oil cover near completion

Oil cover near completion

Final

Final

I cannot wait to see this as the cover on an actual book!

Nick Pope Agrees to Write Foreword for Little Gray Bastards!

That’s right! No less than Nick Pope himself has been kind enough to agree to write the Foreword to Little Gray Bastards! We are so lucky and delighted to have Nick on board!

Nick Pope

                                                Nick Pope

Nick Pope is the consummate ufologist gentleman! Be sure to check out his new book on the Rendlesham Forest Case–I know I will!

Thank you again, Nick Pope!

Alien Cat Makes Appearance in Little Gray Bastards!

Somehow, the cat that lives with me had to make his way into Little Gray Bastards. Following are the illustration I created and the accompanying text from the book:

Chad the cat with Gray eyes and fractal spotting.

“I live with a gray cat. At the level of individual organisms, our relationship is surprisingly complex. Sometimes we are in competition for resources (territory, food, affection, etc.), and sometimes we are in a state of happy mutualism. When the gray cat is hungry it looks at me with its hungry eyes and screams for food. If the gray cat is sitting in my favorite chair and I move it so I can sit, it looks at me with its angry eyes. When I pet and groom the gray cat its green eyes go all glossy. These are the eyes that I recognize. But sometimes, the gray cat looks at me with a deep, unblinking stare, and in those moments I do not recognize the gray cat looking into my eyes. Suddenly, it is a Gray cat, and it is scrutinizing me with alien eyes and intent…”

Adamski-style UFO Transformers toy from 1985

I was 12 in 1985, so maybe I was just done with Transformers by then. I doubt I still collected or played with them. So that’s probably how Autobot “Cosmos” slipped my attention. In 1985, a Transformer was produced that looked precisely like an Adamski-style bell-shaped UFO. Cosmos is an Autobot, which makes it a good guy.

Autobot Cosmos

Autobot Cosmos

Adamski’s space brothers from Venus were good guys too. I wonder if there was ever a Decepticon (bad guy robot) “Reticulan” UFO. That and just one more would make a pattern of indoctrination via desensitization. Toys can be controlled by children. Toys of UFOs train children to disregard any real UFOs they may see without any fear.

In fact, there are two other versions of Autobot Cosmos…

Updated Autobot Cosmos

Updated Autobot Cosmos

And then, the really expensive version of this character…

The cost-prohibitive Autobot MW04 UFO Transformer.

The cost-prohibitive Autobot MW04 UFO Transformer.

The Adamski-style bell-shaped UFO Autobot Cosmos Transformer from 1985 is still the best…!