Jul 4, 2011

The Dominion of Melchizedek

I did this week's cover for SF Weekly, for a story and interview about Pearlasia Gamboa, who is the princess and president of the Dominion of Melchizedek. She is also a con artist.

The Dominion of Melchizedek is only visible and/or above water at certain times of the day, and is located somewhere between the Philippines and Antarctica (they claim a large section of both as territory). The Dominion is a fertile land, known for its numerous gold mines and plentiful shell organizations. You can read more about her here.

The AD requested a fantasy map of the Dominion of Melchizedek, in the general shape of a dollar sign, with Pearlasia on a golden throne, surrounded by details from the interview she gave to SF Weekly. That's her husband (and vice president), David Korem aka Mark Logan Pedley on the left. On her right is a San Francisco man whom she conned out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Some details:
(probably the best figure I've ever drawn)
(some of The Dominion's natives)
(this is what gold mines look liks, I assume)
(who's that little guy?)

And the layout:

What a weird job.

AD Andrew Nilsen


  1. KATAMARI SPOTTING! So subtle, so nice!

  2. Agh! You are so talented Sam! I love your compositions and how you make everything look so smooth, rich and clean. Also, your color choices are just some of the best I've seen. Total eye candy.

    Looking forward to your next post.

  3. They were lucky to get you, this is dynamite!

  4. Wow, so neat!
    So strange and incredible....
    What a cool story to accompany such a lovely illustration!


  5. Strange project indeed! But it turned out great! Well done my friend!

  6. i love this map-looking illustration, really nice

  7. I´m very happy to discovered your blog
    really great drawings

  8. Ha so great! I love the Katamari reference hehehe!