He's black? Are you sure? I have to admit that I drew this a while after reading the book and did it from memory. Do you have the specific passage where it says he is black? I might change the color in the picture.
There's no specific passage I can find. You might be right. His race seems to be unmentioned the entire book. On my first read-through I got poor Tony and Roy Tony confused early on in the book, and even once I had worked out that they were two different people later on, I still assumed Poor Tony was black, maybe mixed. The words "nigger" and "fag" were tossed around a lot in dialogue in scenes he's featured in, but the 'N' word is never actually applied to him.
I always imagined him as looking like Ru Paul with a crack problem.
So he could be either or. His last name is German, but that means nothing in America, where black people have historically had European names.
One more "picky" thing. Madame Psychosis's hair is certainly red. This is established whenever Orin firsts sees her as a cheerleader. Your rendition of M. Psych. reminds me of Noodle from Gorillaz, but still looks awesome.
Received the novel as a 25 December 2013 present and plan to start it soon. Got hooked on Wallace’s writing when I read “Little Expressionless Animals,” buying Girl With Curious Hair because I loved his 11 September 2001 piece “The View from Mrs. Thompson’s” so much. This illustration is like an appetizer. Can’t wait to dive in. Great composition, by the way. Best wishes.
Thank you so much! I hope you will enjoy the book, it is a terrific novel, even though it will take you some time to get through it My first encounter with Wallace was "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" but it was "Girl With Curious Hair" for me as well, that made me fall in love with his writings. I can heartily recommend everything he has written!
Yeah, I actually worked on Mr Gately for quite a while, but I just did not get him right. He's a tough one in more than one way. Originally I had planned for him to be lying in a hospital bed, towering above them all. Maybe one day I revisit it and add some more characters. But you're absolutely right, he should be in there, unfortunately he isn't. My bad.