Original Nate Banks Illustrations by Jacob Chabot

Monday, October 04, 2010 / Bloggified by Jake Bell /

Back when I was writing the first Nate Banks book in 2006, I planned to have a dozen or so illustrations throughout the book. I was lucky enough to get Jacob Chabot, the creator of The Mighty Skullboy Army and artist of X-Babies to agree to do the illustrations on spec... which meant I didn't have to pay him until I sold the book, which was good news since it didn't sell for about a year and a half after he finished the artwork.

Scholastic, however, decided to go with comic inserts rather than spot illustrations. Apparently, when fifth graders see spot illustrations in a book, they think "Oh, that's for little kids so I'm not going to read it." Since they weren't used and because I was having to keep certain details about the series under wraps, these images have been kept a secret for years, but as you can see, that's shame because they are incredible.

If you haven't read the SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS--and according to sales figures, with the exception of about nine of you, you probably haven't--there might be some spoilers below, so proceed with caution.

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