The is the cover to issue 2 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I'm starting to hit my stride with the feel and characters of this world and having a ton of fun doing it.
[UPDATE] The first issue hits stands in Dec. And here is my penciled version. The pencils were done digitally in Sketchbook Pro, and the inks done with brush and ink on paper.
When I took on this project, I thought that it would be something that I would get the most kick out of and most would just think it's ok. In today's comic market it, it's about how dark you can go and how "real" things seem. I'm not saying that's bad, but it doesn't seem to leave room out there (in the direct market at least) for books filled with whimsy and fantasy. So I thought to myself "I love Oz, I grab some paychecks while drawing something I love. Hopefully people will remember when I get back to "proper" comics." See, even I started to think the same way. Not in tights, Not real comics.
It was refreshing to put ink to paper and think "you're drawing this for yourself, man. Have a blast." I swear, for the last few months I thought I was drawing a private book for me and my editors only. I was brainwashed but what I thought the industry has become and figured nobody really cared about this kind of book. I was just a little bit wrong.
It seems that people out there are very pleased and excited for this release and I'm floored at the response so far. Retailers, bookstores, fans, companies... any and everybody has been sending their kind words on this project so far and I'm flattered to no end. It's great to be apart of this and can't wait for everyone to have it there at home!
I'll shut up now!