Todd M. Coe’s art for Alfred Eaker’s debut novel, “Brother Cobweb”
(By Alfred Eaker)
I am a painter far more than an illustrator per se, and Todd M. Coe — who I’ve worked with off and on for thirty years — is a far better illustrator. Of course, long being an artist, I still could have done the illustrations for the novel myself, so there was a question : do I do it myself, or do I let Todd do it? I chose to holster my ego and make it a better book by having Todd do it .
There are damn few artists I trust, but I have come to trust Todd artistically, so I gave him carte blanche. That worked out perfectly because, in hindsight, I’m too close to it and Todd is full of great surprises…
Some of Eaker’s early work around Brother Cobweb
Look inside “Brother Cobweb,” the Novel
“Brother Cobweb” is now available through Open Books Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all major bookshops and distributors. If you want to understand America today, travel back in time 50 years and witness firsthand the American Religious Right, not as they present themselves, but as they truly are…
About Alfred Eaker:
Alfred Eaker is a prolific fine arts painter and muralist, an award-winning filmmaker and film critic, and a traditionally-published author. Following on the success of his debut novel, “Brother Cobweb,” Eaker is currently collaborating with Todd M. Coe on the related Graphic novel: “The Brother Cobweb Chronicles.” It will be available in the spring 2021. The audiobook version of Brother Cobweb is also being produced, and will soon be released too.
As an inquisitive American artist, he has always been deeply engaged in social, religious, and political climates. Eaker is currently working on a mural painting entitled “Elvis: An American Hymn.” Through it, Eaker is trying to bring affirming answers to issues of race, integration and hope so desperately needed at this moment in America.