In my junior year of high school, like most other young American students, I had to read F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.' Unlike most American students (maybe? Give a holler if this is you!), I fell madly in love with the style, the plot, the characters, the entire setting of his masterpiece and read it over and over, dissecting each impressionistic description, each grand party scene, each instance of possible homoerotic subtext contained in its legendary pages. That spring I decided that there would be no holier task that I could possibly undertake than to bestow my unworthy skill upon this sacred book and do it honor and justice by illustrating it as truly as one can (damn you, movie directors!). Of course, I'm not nearly as talented or as true of an artist as Fitzgerald or as anyone else who might have attempted this pilgrimage, but for a year thereafter I devoted myself to it as wholeheartedly as if it were a school assignment- nay- more so! It's all finished now, and having grown tremendously since the spring of my senior year I can scarcely look at it without at least a hint of disappointment, I also can't help but be proud of the effort I put into making this American classic 1) accessible to the youngsters and oldsters who know me 2) a part of my identity as a student, an artist and a human being, and 3) my vision of the way that it could potentially be. I'm not an expert comic artist or reader or Fitzgerald fan, and I don't know much about the mechanics of 1920s cars or fashion. But what I do know is, when you love a book, really really dearly, then no amount of essays or class discussions or maybe even comics can satisfy your urge to make it a part of your being. That's what I think. Also, a cowboy-hippie with spurs and a ponytail AND a leather vest told me once, "if you love something, you oughta stick with it." It's not every day that you get advice from a man with spurs, and I think that means we really have to work hard for the things that we love! Obviously I do not own 'The Great Gatsby' or any of the characters or content therein. That belongs to the master, F. Scott himself. I seek no profit in posting this version of the book other than for my own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.