Well, it’s been a minute since we’ve written in this space but we have some very exciting news to share, so thank you for being such an encouraging group of people who have tracked with Jay through many highs and many lows in his artistic journeys for several years now! You all have been awesome and we are not without dreams of sending out more creative inspiration for you in time to come.
For this time, we wanted to follow-up on one particularly lovely story that many of you know about its unfolding within the last several years. In 2016, in fact, it was a delight to meet author/singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson. That meeting developed into a working relationship for Jay and Andrew in the most unexpected of ways! We thought we were simply enjoying and being grateful for an evening of meaningful music and companionship, isn’t it wonderful how we never know what a day will bring?
Though it took time to become fully realized that meeting in 2016 has resulted, after much hard work, in Jay’s first published comic art available now in Wingfeather Tales which includes the first-ever Wingfeather comic, A Wingfeather Tale, ShadowBlade and The Florid Sword, now in print for the first time. We are soo happy! And, so grateful.
Check out this line up of these incredible author’s and artist’s work in the book:
Authors: Andrew Peterson, Jennifer Trafton, N.D. Wilson, A.S. Peterson, Jonathan Rogers, Douglas Kaine McKelvey illustrators: Justin Gerard, Hein Zaayman, Cory Godbey, John Hendrix, Nicholas Kole, Aeden Peterson, Joe Sutphin and Doug TenNapel.
I mean, whhaaat?! This is so special! So many of these guys are Jay’s heroes. To say nothing about the glowing and meaningful content of the original stories this is all based on, the Wingfeather Saga, I love especially what Andrew wrote at the front of this book from his perspective:
” I wish I could say that you’ll enjoy reading these as much as I did, but that wouldn’t be true. No one else on earth will experience these stories the way I did, and here’s why: Imagine building a big, rambling mansion from the ground up. Imagine drawing up the architectural plans, overseeing the construction, living in it for years and years, giving people regular tours of every nook and cranny. Now imagine inviting a group of writers and illustrators over for dinner. One at a time, they politely take your hand and lead you down hallways you didn’t know existed. They open magic doors that lead to secret passages that lead to cavernous chambers or hidden cellars or castle towers that you would have sworn weren’t there before. These friends give you the gift of their own magic—magic that cost them a great deal of time and creative energy—and they turn the house you built into an enchanted palace. As I read these stories, Aerwiar became more real, more mysterious, more dangerous, and more beautiful than I ever would have dreamed. And that is a rare gift.”Andrew Peterson, Preface to Wingfeather Tales, 2021
These words and the reality they represent astonish me…imagine letting others come in and imagine within your imagination! That is a rare gift, yet the sincerity and generosity with which Andrew has done so has allowed for not only a beautiful but a bountiful result. The joy in Jay’s illustrations express this perfectly. We hope you’ll see for yourselves. You can get your own copy from The Rabbit Room* (<—see more below) or Amazon.
For our family this finish line represents a lot of travel, literally and metaphorically! This all began for us while we lived in Lexington, Kentucky; since then we’ve moved to and from St. Louis, Missouri and then on to Washington State in the great Pacific Northwest. I mention that here in hopes to be an encouragement to those of you in your own creative pilgrimages…some of which are also taking you to different geographical locations as much as your inner landscapes being traversed in ways you had not yet explored. These long-journeys can be as challenging as the ones that happen with immediacy, sometimes more so. Keep going. As Jay says, “Keep creating, be happy, and please, create more.“
from The Rabbit Room:
“In hardcover at last, featuring new illustrations and the first-ever Wingfeather comic, now in print for the first time! Return to the world of the Wingfeather Saga with Andrew Peterson and his all-star author friends.
Immerse yourself in a land of bomnubbles and quarreling cousins, sea dragons and book publishers, thieves and Fangs and secret maps. Here within these pages lie six stories of the distant past, lost adventures, forgotten songs, and heartbreaking histories. The Shining Isle is restored, but Aerwiar is vast–and these authors have tales yet to tell:
• Explore the inner walls of Yorsha Doon, just West of the Woes of Shreve, on the edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, from the eyes of young Safiki in “The Prince of Yorsha Doon” from the creator of Aewiar, Andrew Peterson.
• Jennifer Trafton’s warm and whimsical writing brings to life a publishing nightmare populated by the many beasts of Skree in “The Wooing of Sophelia Stupe.”
• Learn the origins of Ollister Pebmrick’s mysterious entry in the Creaturepedia about his encounter with a raggant in “Willow Worlds” by N. D. Wilson.
• Travel with young Podo Helmer on an epic hunt for sea dragons in “From the Deeps of the Dragon King” from A. S. Peterson.
• Jonathan Rogers presents “The Ballard of Lanric and Rube,” sung by Armulyn the Bard, tale-spinner of the imaginary Shining Isle of Anniera, in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.
• Discover what life was like for Maraly and Gammon in post-war Skree in “Shadowblade and the Florid Sword”—the first-ever Wingfeather comic—by Andrew Peterson.
• Douglas McKelvey’s epic, heartbreakingly hopeful novella “The Places Beyond the Maps” recounts a father’s journey to redemption.
You’ll also find delightful illustrations by Justin Gerard, Hein Zaayman, Cory Godbey, John Hendrix, Nicholas Kole, Aedan Peterson, Joe Sutphin, Jay Myers, and Doug TenNapel.
Enter a rich, imaginative world that becomes more real, more mysterious, more dangerous, and more beautiful with each story’s telling.”
If you are new around these parts and have not yet downloaded our free one page PDF: Fourteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration, please do. We want you to feel supported in an easily accessible way, we have packed it full and quick to digest even at a glance.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.“
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What about you? What is hard to practice right now? Where do you feel stuck? What would be encouraging to hear about to support you where you find yourself currently?
Until next time… Create. Be Happy. Create More.
Jay & Raynna
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* The Rabbit Room was conceived as an experiment in creative community. After author/singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson’s first visit to the Oxford home of C.S. Lewis, he returned to Nashville with a renewed conviction that community nourishes good and lasting work. The Rabbit Room, the name of the back room of the pub where the Oxford Inklings (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams, among others) shared their stories, was begun as an online bookstore, music store, and blog with contributors who are authors, songwriters, artists, and pastors. From the beginning, Andrew planned to create a bricks-and-mortar version of the Rabbit Room–a coffee shop, bookstore, and meeting place with which to bless the Nashville community.
Over the years, with the help of Andrew’s brother, author A. S. “Pete” Peterson, as well as encouragement from the loyal Rabbit Room contributors and readers, the Rabbit Room has grown to include podcasts, a thriving music and bookstore, Rabbit Room Press, a yearly conference called Hutchmoot, and an office in the Berry Hill community in Nashville, as well as an upcoming partnership with Edgehill Café, where Rabbit Room books and music will be exclusively sold.