"Self-taught artist Matt Kish had just turned 40 in 2009 and was considering giving up after years of receiving little recognition for his work.
Breaking through seemed as elusive as catching a great white whale.
He’d been married for eight years, had a promising new career as a public librarian in Dayton, Ohio and thought maybe it was time for new goals.
'I had made a few attempts in my late 20s to get some type of gallery show in the Columbus area, where I was living at the time, and was met with total indifference,' he recalls today. 'So my creative outlet largely was limited to making comics that I would Xerox, staple together and sell at a few small-press shows. That took me through my 20s and 30s, but eventually I got to the point where I felt discouraged.'
He wanted one last shot at creating something notable. The project he chose was illustrating Herman Melville’s 1851 literary classic Moby-Dick, one drawing per day for each of the 552 pages in his Signet Classic edition paperback version of the novel. It took him almost one and a half years of exhausting work, but it changed everything.' "