Character Collaboration with Jeff Thomason

In March 2012 Jeff Thomason (the superb comic artist behind the Jak Phoenix Universe illustrations) decided to create this stellar graphic depicting his character, Wandering Koala, and good old Jak Phoenix himself in a ‘what-if’ situation. Like everything he has drawn for the Jak Phoenix Universe this one is a wonderful piece of art. Jeff’s drawings took Jak Phoenix off the page and really brought him to life. His article here explains some of the technical details behind the work and is entitled ‘Teamwork in Fiction,” which perfectly outlines the relationship he and I formed through our indie publishing adventures. Thanks again, Jeff!

Matt D. Williams

Author of the Jak Phoenix Adventures

Jak Phoenix and Wandering Koala


Be sure to check Jeff’s original article here:

Using Words and Pictures to Tell a Story – A Guest Post with Jeff Thomason

Jeff Thomason artist on Jakphoenix.comJeff Thomason stopped by Jak Phoenix author Matt D. Williams’ website with a great guest post! The author and artist discusses the illustrated story and how he is making it work for him. Check out this snippet and then head to for the full article!


Using Words and Pictures to Tell a Story

Words can be spoken, written, or read. The auditory section of your brain does the processing and interpreting, even if you read black text on a white page. Using words is telling a story (despite what your English teacher said about showing and not telling). There are many advantages to using words and telling including clarity (say exactly what you mean) and economy (cover large periods of time quickly).

Stories can also be told with pictures. The visual part of the brain does the interpreting here. Pictures have the advantage of showing what is happening, whether it is an action or emotion. They also save time by showing a scene and avoiding a lengthy description. The disadvantage is everyone sees something different in an image, so this approach lacks the clarity of words. And the economy—you can’t move as quickly through time nor as effectively with just visuals…

Head to for the full article!

New Art – Jak Phoenix vs. the Scoparian Dragon!

Jak Phoenix vs. the Scoparian Dragon in the sands of Scoparia - a Scene from the first Jak Phoenix novel.1

Artist Jeff Thomason just presented this amazing portrayal of a crucial scene from the opening of the first Jak Phoenix novel. It is a beautifully rendered illustration of Jak and Baxter facing off against an unexpected foe in the sands of Scoparia. If anyone out there is looking for artwork for your project, I urge you to visit and contact Jeff. He’ll be more than happy to bring your ideas to life with his unique graphic style.

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception – Front Cover Revealed!

Here we go! It’s the front cover of the new novel, Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception! Hope you like it. The book will be available very soon. In the meantime, let the great cover artist Jeff Thomason or author Matt D. Williams know what you think of it either in the comment section below or on:



Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception – Back Cover Art Revealed!

Hot off the virtual press, here is the back cover of the upcoming space adventure novel, Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception. You’ll really only see this on the back of the print book, so now you won’t miss out on Jeff Thomason’s great artwork if you’re an eBook reader. Keep checking back for more news. The big(ish) release is sooner than you think!

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception Back Cover Art by Jeff Thomason

Jak Phoenix 2 Update – It’s Getting Closer!

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception by Matt D. WilliamsJust a quick update from Jak Phoenix author, Matt D. Williams:

Yesterday I finished with the final edit of Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception. I’ll be posting more info about it as often as possible while it is readied for release. Right now it’s in the hands of author and artist Jeff Thomason, who did the great character art you see on this site and on the cover of the first novel. Jeff will be creating a cover I know will knock your socks off. More info soon…

Thanks for your support,


Characters Page – Just Added!

Jak Phoenix of the Jak Phoenix space adventure novel by Matt D. Williams – art by Jeff ThomasonBaxter of the Jak Phoenix space adventure novel by Matt D. Williams - art by Jeff ThomasonLook up top…you’ll see a “Characters” tab! Check it out for an appetizer on the main characters in the space adventure novel, Jak Phoenix by Matt D. Williams. As always, a super thanks to Jeff Thomason for his character artwork!  Or click here