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End of the Road
posted: December 10, 2014

This is the final installment of the Illustrated Scroll of Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road.” I started making one drawing for each page of the book in 2012 and reached the end at page 309 a few weeks ago.
 
Something that started out as a little side-project got a lot of attention online and has been re-posted many, many times.  I’ve heard from Kerouac fans from around the world and the drawings have been featured in magazines in the US, England, France and Spain. Many people have written me kind notes about the project and a woman from Lowell, Mass. wrote to tell me that her grandmother had a crush on Kerouac when they were in the same high school typing class.
 
Last month, Paul Slovak, editor at Viking Penguin called to see about publishing the drawings as a book. He had some great ideas about packaging and design and it looked like it was going to be in stores next fall, but we got some bad news from the Kerouac Estate. They decided not to grant permission because they feel that the project “detracts from the book,” is a “dumbing down” of On the Road, and “diminishes the aura” that the novel possesses. We disagree, but it seems the Estate has made up its mind about it.
 
It’s disappointing, but you never know, these things have a way of finding their own time, and maybe something else will come along down the line. It's been a fun ride.



7 comments
Steve Brodner December 10, 2014
On the Beat, man. Like the most, you dig. Play it Daddy-o. SOLID. Arooni.
Anthony C. December 11, 2014
Wow! Nice art, very impressive project. Maybe you can try getting it out as a graphic novel instead?
Jonathan Wertheim December 11, 2014
And yet the Kerouac estate let them make that movie... Crazy. These are marvelous as ever, Paul. I wish there was another 300 pages for you to do! (Dharma Bums next, perhaps?)
Tim OBrien December 11, 2014
Kudos. You mean we're supposed to actually do the things we set out to do and do them at this level?
Ellen Weinstein December 16, 2014
It's been great watching this project unfold and I'm sorry to see the road come to an end. Unfortunate about the Kerouac estate, hope you find a print home for these.
Jim Collette March 1, 2015
A stupendously short-sighted decision by the estate. Would be a wonderful book. Maybe you can wait them out. Copyright should be up in, oh, 25 or 30 years.
Katherine Streeter March 5, 2015
lovelovelove !
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