Posts tagged ‘The Monkey King’

September 23, 2020

“The empty city”

This week’s episode is my little tip of the hat to one of my favorite parts about epic movies (such as Ben Hur, GWTW, Dr. Zhivago): seeing what was a glamorous setting in the early acts revealed to be a deserted ruin in the final reel …

(To save you having to look it up, this is the strip where Watusi first arrived in the Emerald City. Of course, feel free to scroll back through the archive…)

September 2, 2020

“Star struck”

 

But is it “welcome” … or “welcome” (to a trap)?

August 19, 2020

“Return to the Emerald City”

 

Looks like our cast has completed their journey …  only to end up (as in many Oz books) back where they started!

(As with the other double-page spreads in this story, this episode can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested (or want to read the text easier)– just click on the image.)

August 5, 2020

“Let’s do it again”

Needless to say, Jinjur and the Scarecrow share a rather contentious history. Baum wrote a whole book about it, in fact: The Marvelous Land of Oz, which you can read here courtesy of classics-illustrated.com.

(As with the other double-page spreads in this story, this episode can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested (or want to read the text easier)– just click on the image.)

July 22, 2020

“Old home walk”

While Baum created too many characters for me to include them all in this story, I wanted to find some place for the Patchwork Girl. A big thank you goes out to Kevin Williams for helping me find an approach for the character beyond just “Scarecrow’s love interest”. Thanks, Kevin! By the way, Kevin and I are working on a collaboration that (pandemic willing) will see print later this year…

(As with the other double-page spreads in this story, this episode can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested (or want to read the text easier)– just click on the image.)

June 10, 2020

“Steppin’ out”

There are times when Dale the writer doesn’t play to Dale the artist’s strengths …  and a crowd scene like this is one of those times! If this goes on for too long, Dale the artist may just quit!

(As with the other double-page spreads in this story, this episode can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested (or want to read the text easier)– just click on the image.)

May 27, 2020

“Like a full-throttle steam engine…”

Well, that’s nice to know … not!

April 29, 2020

“Discord & disunion”

Next: find out the Scarecrow’s brainstorm!

April 1, 2020

“No place like home”

More testimonials– and a plan of action– to come!

March 25, 2020

“The council assembles”

Boy, things have sure changed since I last wrote one of these blurbs! Hope you are all staying safe & adapting to the new new as best you can. Even though my day-to-day life as a cartoonist in the studio should be pretty much the same as before, the mood of the times is weighing on me (like with most of us), leaving me feeling scatterbrained & overwhelmed. Having my spring shows & upcoming release schedules thrown out the window hasn’t helped matters. Neither has the nagging question of how much this fanciful comic adventure really even matters in times like this. I can only hope it brightens your day in some way…

(As with the other double-page spreads in this story, this episode can be viewed at a larger size if you’re interested– just click on the image. Don’t worry, though– you’ll get a better look at this group in the episodes to come!)