It was with mixed feelings that I concluded the third and last installment of the Elephants Never Forget
trilogy this week, Big Star Otto
. I sent off the cover, end pages and title page to the publisher, the last bits still needed. Now my work is for all intents and purposes done. Here is a sneak preview of the cover …
|My proposed cover for Big Star Otto, the last in the Elephants Never Forget series.|
It has been a long haul but a wonderful journey, a journey begun back in 2008 when I first imagined this elephant in his battered fedora and trench coat. I began blogging about the process in July, 2010, and have continued, at first enthusiastically and then more sporadically ever since. As I say, it is with mixed feelings that I now put this all aside for other projects - I have never enjoyed working on a project as much as I have this one, and that alone was reward enough. The encouraging comments and meeting the kids and adults who have enjoyed reading about Otto and Cracker's adventures has been a real pleasure.
I have learnt a lot about graphic story telling in comic book form over the last few years, and have gained a renewed respect for those artists who labour under-appreciated and often in obscurity, pouring their hearts and talent out in page after page of comic book art. Only those who have gone through the process can appreciate how much work goes into producing even a slim volume. But doing this has left me hungry to embark on another graphic novel project - not right away (I have a couple of years' work waiting in the wings, things I pushed aside in order to bring this series to a conclusion). What that new project will be I don't know, but I think it will be something quite different from Otto. I have a few ideas rattling around in the back of my head.
I'm not sure what the publishing date is yet for this book, but I expect it will be sometime this fall. Once I have more information I will post it here and keep you up to date, through this and my Elephants Never Forget Facebook page
regarding breaking news on the Otto front. In the meantime, I will leave you with one final page from the next book - not to give anything away…