05 August 2009

A Tinge of “Emerald City Blues”

This fight with flying monkeys come from "Emerald City Blues," a comic inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 1939 movie adaptation (and, I would guess, elements of Wicked). 

The creator is Karl Altstaetter, and he began the project as a 24-Hour-Comics Challenge. It's grown to two chapters, the second still in progress. I put the art in what Douglas Wolk calls the "default style of the superhero mainstream," post-1990s.

Altstaetter's use of spot colors is striking, and appropriate since colors have always been part of the presentation of Oz.

(I do wish he'd use commas to set off nouns of direct address.)

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