Category Archives: Sea Throne

Concept art for Salvage Issue2

I have been painting panels for the next issue of Salvage (Issue #2), and I am leaning toward a more painterly style, no hard lines, no pencils visible. Issue #1 on Comixology: –Based on the book Salvage (Masque Books, 2013)


Seaborn Books Timeline

Several readers have asked for details on how the “seaborn books” are connected, and in what ways. Most of the books and stories I have written over the last ten years are tied together in one timeline, sharing characters, a couple of them extending over a generation. A few clearly share the same setting–our near-future world, with seaborn characters, but without Kassandra making much of an appearance–or not at all (Salvage).

You may have noticed that there’s a genre mix, from what would neatly fall into fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, etc. to stories that could legitimately be categorized as science fiction or tech-thriller (Nanowhere, Salvage), to stories that may not clearly fall into any bucket (Winterdim). Futuristic fantasy?

You may have noticed that most of these stories take place in the future. That’s on purpose. You could also look at the stories in this timeline and see the advance of technology from one to the next–especially when you get twenty or ninety years into the future, from Nanowhere to Teller and finally to Winterdim. I am a software engineer and technologist, so I am always interested in the progress of technology, where it will lead us, and where it will be applied in the fields of health, culture, military, and–very important to me–in or on the ocean, in support of preserving ocean wildlife as well as how we will continue to provide enough seafood for the world’s every growing market for it.

Want to print out the timeline, or get a closer look?

Let me know if you see typos, problems with the order or dates. I threw this together quickly, a lot of of it coming out of long email discussions with Georg (, Lorena (, and others. Also, I mention characters, plot direction for future books, and other details that you may consider spoilers, so read some of the longer blocks of fine print at your own risk!


Kassandra and Ochleros Battle Practice

Here’s a scene from Seaborn, with Kassandra practicing attackes with the demon Ochleros, not long before the battle. About 7 hours in Art Rage and CS6.





Are you a Kobo reader?

Good news then! The Seaborn books are now available direct from Kobo books.


Nikasia from Sea Throne

Painted the character Nikasia from Sea Throne. She’s mentioned in Seaborn, but she’s a main character in Sea Throne. Nikasia is one of the Kirkelatides–one of the descendants of Circe. Very dangerous. About 5 hours in CS6 and Art Rage.

Saltwater Witch:


The Seaborn Trilogy

New cover design for all three, with new art for Sea Throne!

mermaids mermaid Chris Howard witch

Sea Throne Cover Art

Here’s the new Sea Throne cover art, Kassandra (Saltwater Witch, Seaborn) with a sword, playing in the surf–some pretty serious play.

Some art for Salvage, probably the comic

Making a scroll…

Are we slowly moving away from the codex format for books? Who knows. In the meantime–well, at least this summer–I'm going to be making scrolls! Here's the link to a good view of the entire piece:

I'm working on a prototype scroll–and I mean twelve feet of illustration rolled onto two scroll bars that can be rolled out on a tabletop. See the full pic for a snapshot of one section of the illo as well as me sawing one of the bars and rolled out shot from the printers.

Click for the full view:


Sea Throne Wallpaper

Two formats: 1280 x 800 for the typical desktop/laptop display and 768 x 1024 for the iPad and other tablets. Download links here:×800.jpg×1024.jpg