Thank You, Annie Zhu!
"Seeing someone else draw Hex for the first time was one of the coolest moments in my life. It was so incredible to watch these characters that I know and love come to life in such a beautiful way. Annie has made this universe real and tangible in a way only she could, and I don't know that any artist could have done the 10kd story justice the way she did. Annie: thank you, for all your hard work, and all the beauty you've shared with us." -Taylor Elliott
“Annie- I've been imagining 10kd in my head for a long time, but you made it come to life. Your art and all your hard work means that other people can also envision 10kd now, and that is something so awesome I'm not sure I can fully explain what it means. Thank you, you're an inspiration.” -Josephine Smiley
“I wasn't sure what I imagined 10kd would look like while we were going through the creating phase; but Annie has captured it perfectly!” -Elizabeth Tock
“Every week, Annie provides readers with a visual portal into the 10,000 Dawns. Her art not only allows us to visualize a setting that is literally out of this world, but reveals a perfect glimpse into the action and emotions of every chapter.” -Rebecca Jacob
“Annie, Rob and I just wanted you to know how much we love the art you've created for 10,000 Dawns. Your illustrations are so beautiful and your interpretation of the characters is as important as the words themselves. Thank you for being a part of our team and sharing your gift with our audience.” -Martha and Rob Southgate
“Annie! I love your style - simple yet emotive. It takes a good eye and better hand to make successful images with limited lines and color palette. Well done in every way!” -Olivia Hinkel
“Annie, you simply captured the magic of Jim's work in the most beautiful way. 10kd wouldn't be what it is without you and I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your art. Thank you for being a part of it.” -Brandon Derk
“Working with Annie made 10,000 Dawns into the story it was. I can't even count the times Annie drew something, and I had to go back and revise because her visual imagination was so strong she inspired me to do better. 10,000 Dawns has always been different in that the illustrations weren't a secondary thing, they were just as canon as the words on the page, and I couldn't have picked a better partner for this. I couldn't have made this story without Annie. Her commitment to creating and developing this world in her art made the world of 10,000 Dawns real in a way I never could have on my own. Every chapter of this story has her hand in it, every word has been helped by her spirit. I may be the writer, but she was the real artist.” -James Wylder
Annie Zhu Tribute, Part 2
In the full manner of our friendship, you have asked me to peruse your art for your upcoming tale, “10,000 Dawns.” Indeed, having been a part of this endeavor for some time, I was generally honored you asked me to look upon such works. In the full manner of confidence however, the news must be bestowed upon you that perhaps it would be finer and more prudent if you were to begin the search for an artist more skilled in the visual form, who is not capable of producing the visible horrors which have just assaulted my eyes. These abominations are unholy, and have terrified me worse than even that time I accidentally walked into the local chapter of the flat earther society and puppy kicking cabal while looking for a Dairy Queen.
Indeed, I am now hiding under my desk while writing this to you. Its dark in here, and perhaps that is for the best. Maybe seeing itself is overrated? There is a lot of dust under this desk, I really should clean more. At the very least, the papers ontop of the desk are now invisible to me. I am worried to leave. I have undertaken the task of calling in for pizza. Hopefully the delivery person survives the trip around my desk, and can give me what I desire: a delicious disk of bubbling cheese, tomato sauce, and baked dough with a 2-liter of carbonated beverage. I will be living down here till you come to remove the drawings off my desk. Please bring a blanket.
Fine, I'll go get Annie Zhu to draw something sheesh.
The following documents were retrieved from the top of Josephine's desk. The rest were burned by the pizza delivery person to prevent any one else from having to look upon them.