Checkmate Ever After
The Art of Checkmate by Paul Richmond and Anne Cain
Checkmate Ever After first appeared as trilogy of novellas back in 2013. Dreamspinner Press’s very own Paul Richmond and I struck up a collaborative effort, where he knew very little of comics, and I had a heavy background in them. We hashed out ideas, colors, and ideas for the iconic Pawn Takes Rook logo. I would create a thumbnail sketch and he would run with it.
For Checkmate Ever After, it was Anne Cain at the helm. Already well known as a cover artist as well as a massive following in fan art circles, Anne lived and breathed comics and anime. She and I clicked and could only make references that we’d understand in a room full of M/M authors.