Before Tomorrowland Out… Tomorrow!

Before TomorrowlandSave me from a bad joke, but yes, tomorrow, April 7th, my latest work, Before Tomorrowland, hits bookstores, Amazon… even Walmart, apparently. Sharing credits with Jeff Jensen, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof gets you into the ‘mart, you see.

Here’s copy from the back, to tell you what it’s all about:

Based on the spellbinding world of the Walt Disney Studios film, Tomorrowland, this original prequel novel features a 20-page comic book and unlocks a place of unfathomable science and technology and the famous people behind it.
The year is 1939.
A secret society of extraordinary geniuses is about to share an incredible discovery with the world.
A misguided enemy–half man, half machine–will stop at nothing to prevent the group from giving this forbidden knowledge to humanity.
And a mother and son on vacation in New York City are handed a comic book infused with a secret code that will lead them straight into the crossfires of the conspiracy.

Jeff Jensen, whom you may remember from our collaboration on Green River Killer, co-wrote the screenplay for Disney’s Tomorrowland with Brad and Damon, and brought me aboard to create the illustrations, the comic book segment, the cover (so wild about that retro gold leaf), and in a wild turn of events, to share authorship on this, our book. We produced it during a very hard season, at a pace and intensity that, to paraphrase Jeff, “kicked our butts”. I think (hope) the result is something special. It’s a wild hybrid of so much: Retro sci-fi, intense family drama, prose, and comics. I’ll clam up and let you be the judge of it, but I hope that you (and/or your kids) give it a whirl.

The book’s out tomorrow, but signings are coming up next month. Jeff and I will be at Powell’s Books in Portland on May 2nd (Free Comic Book Day!) and the University Bookstore in Seattle the following day. I’ve also heard rumblings of other events, online and offline, but I imagine more will be revealed post-release.

In a bit of serendipity, I’m also working this month with local TED Talk, TEDx Portland, to supply illustrations for their Tomorrows-themed event coming up in May. I get to draw various futuristic visions of the Rose City, both fun and scary. It’s really a hoot. They’re talking about a gallery show and some other things, but again, no exact details yet. If I can, I’ll find a way to bring Before Tomorrowland into that mix somehow. It just seems like a natural match. In the meantime, keep a watch for more signings on my appearances column, and on my store for autographed editions of Before Tomorrowland.

Now, back to the madness. The New Deal, my next authored/drawn graphic novel with Dark Horse, is ridiculously close to deadline, so you go, read other book, let me know what you think (except for first-edition typos, don’t tell me any of those or I’ll never sleep) and I’ll keep making the other new book.


12 Replies to “Before Tomorrowland Out… Tomorrow!”

  1. Just wanted to let you know that your artwork in Before Tomorrowland was great! It really helped to tie the book into the timeframe of the 1930s and 1940s.

    Thanks so much for doing such a fantastic job!

  2. Hello,
    I just finished reading Before Tomorrowland and loved it! The artwork really helped bring the story to life.

    I have a question. Is the last page of the comic book a code (as the book suggests), and if so, can you give me a hint about how to solve it?


  3. Hi Jonathan,
    Your art on the cover captures the 1930s time frame well. I really enjoyed reading this unique sci-fi story. Even the texture of the cover is absolutely soft and futuristic in feel.
    i’ve been late in trying to track a book signing event. Any updates? i’m interested in locations for So, Calif. western Washington state, or Portland Oregon would be possible.
    Thanks innadvance for your reply. Tina

  4. Hi Jonathan,

    “Before Tomorrowland” was such a delight from the first page to the last!!! – a book to enjoy over and over again way into the future.

    Beautifully crafted in every sense, story, art and even down to the intricate and beautiful book design.

    Loved the story, the characters , the art and especially the underlying concept and philosophy of hope which underpins both the book and the Movie.

    Look forward to all your future work.

    Cheers, Chris

  5. I loved this book so much. I adored the film and thought the entire concept was so insanely original and the message was fantastic. I felt the same way about this book, not only was it set in the 1930s, but you truly made it feel like this book itself was a sort of exciting adventure story from the 30s. It was top notch, and I’m kind of obsessed with your artwork, The final product was incredible and I hope you realize just how much people like myself admire that.


    Simply needed to tell you that your craftsmanship in Before Tomorrowland was extraordinary! It truly served to tie the book into the time period of the 1930s and 1940s.


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