Nancy Nichols has been the dining critic at D Magazine for nearly 18 years. The past few years she was getting increasingly sick, and finally realized what was causing it: food. She wrote this story to explain what was happening to her, and why she was stepping down as the dining critic.

I art directed and commissioned the illustration by Mark Ross for this story. I wanted to find a way to show all the problems Nancy was having, while matching her not-so-serious tone. A playful take on the classic game Operation seemed like just the ticket, as well as being attention-grabbing when flipping through the magazine.

I also designed the page layouts, and John Gay created custom drop caps to mimic pieces from the game.