Aw, man! Now I remember this book, because of Hen Wen pig! So it's THAT Dallben! Aaaaw, now I get it! Disney made an animation based on this story, wasn't it?
Yes! Disney's 1984 animated film, The Black Cauldron, was based on this book and the next one in the series. I hate the movie, though. It's got some groundbreaking animation but the story is a mess, even on its own. As an adaptation it's just horrible. They completely lost all the heart of the story.
About a year ago Disney announced they had plans to pursue a live action adaptation but that doesn't seem to have gone anywhere yet. The lack of a decent movie adaptation that is faithful to the books was one of my motivating factors for doing this project. I dreamed for years of a film, knew that even if they did one it would probably not live up to my expectations, and realized one day that graphic novels are basically finished, detailed storyboards. So - this is my film! lol
It's so cool to see how this story touched you:) That's why your version is solid and impressive, it's being made with heart.
This comic just makes me so happy! And Taren’s hair looks utterly fantastic on this page especially, I have to say. As does Hen Wen!
I adore the use of sound effects here, each sound with its own font! Clever usage of a 20th century technique rarely seen these days.
Is that a thing?! Lol the comic onomatopoeia has been one of my most enormous challenges. I rarely like how it looks and it’s so hard to make it feel integrated.
Sure, comics artists like Walt Simonson, just to name one example, have been varying the font of their sound effects ti get different feelings or tonalities for decades... or used to. I think you do it ingeniously, and the fact that it's purely intuitive for you and not inspired by a specific artist is a testament to your innate talent for comics storytelling.
Well, it’s not completely intuitive. About the only comics I had looked at at the point of this page were Scott Campbell’s. We have one of his Danger Girl books floating around and while his depiction of women is deeply problematic for me, his level of craft is what made me realize what an art form comics could be - even the sound effects, which I definitely noticed early on. So I’ve been influenced by him, along with a few other really lovely comics I’ve become a fan of on this journey. It’s been a really delightful learning process.