The Vertigo Blog was nice enough to ask me to talk about my art process on The Unwritten, using some art from our soon to be classic issue #1, and when the Vertigo Blog asks for something, I jump to it...
THE UNWRITTEN is about the power of story and it incorporates all kinds of literary references. In Volume 1 Carey and Gross include mentions of George Orwell’s 1984, Charles Dicken’s No Thoroughfare, Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and many many more.
In the Vertigo Voices piece in THE UNWRITTEN #9 (see below in ital), on sale today, co-creators Mike Carey and Peter Gross ask:
Is there a story you read as a child that still has huge power and resonance for you now - and if so, what?
Answer it and who knows, maybe your fact will influence Mike and Peter's fiction?
Tommy Taylor has affected the lives of millions, winding his way into their dreams and fantasies. But sometimes dreams and fantasies are a poisoned cup. Follow Cosi and Leon on an adventure of a lifetime as they move into a new home, while at the prison of Donostia, innocence meets experience with tragic results...
Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come in THE UNWRITTEN #8:
Tommy Taylor, the boy wizard, is one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time and a pop culture phenomenon. Everyone has either read Wilson Taylor’s bestselling TOMMY TAYLOR books, seen the movies or played the videogames. Nearly everyone also knows the story behind the story: Wilson Taylor disappears after the publication of the thirteenth and final book in the TOMMY TAYLOR series, leaving his son, Tom, an orphan.
For those of you looking forward to what’s to come, a new storyline begins with issue #10! Tom finds himself in 1940 Stuttgart—a ghost city inhabited by the master liar of the Third Reich, Josef Goebbels.
Check out this imagery:
We all love a good story, right? The creators of THE UNWRITTEN certainly do. The series references major and minor works of literature alike. We've traveled across the globe from the India of the British Raj to the Villa Diodati, the Swiss Villa where John Milton penned Paradise Lost and Mary Shelley conceived Frankenstein.