An original fairytale: The Red Queen is infamous for her temper and selfish ways until her routine is disrupted by one little cat...
The time has come (the walrus said) to talk of books and things!
I have always loved the depth that comes with villains you have known all your life. I swear that Captain Hook used to live in my closet and his hook would catch the light if I tried to read after my parents sent me to sleep. And if I listened very closely.. the Big Bad Wolf might snarl from under my bed. Was that a flying monkey knocking on my window just now?
Plucked from the public domain of classic fairytales, we created a concept that takes these villains and makes them human again.
After two years of tweaking, fiddling, hand-painting, and photoshopping, the beast is finally complete! Using the most beloved of classic fairytale villians, my friend Amy and I wrote "The Queen of Hearts Learns to Share".
I went to my sister's wedding a few years back and drew the most wonderful Lil' Red Riding Hood while cooped up one afternoon doing prep work. The relatives I was staying with thought it was fantastic (and I have to admit, I've never drawn such a good looking wolf before or since then) and suggested I write a children's book.
When I returned from the wedding I got on Etsy to find myself a co-author. I knew the story I wanted, but I didn't know how to start.
And that's when I found Amy.
She responded to my cry for help in the forums and wrote me this amazing rhyming poem that went on and on.. far beyond anything I could have hoped for! We hit the story back and forth for a few months until we had a good final draft and I set to work with the illustrations. It took almost 9 hours a page!!! Usually my artwork is straight black and white so this gave me a whole new respect for all the painters I meet when I'm out and about.
So it's done. Written, drawn, laid out. I even thought about sending it to a few publishers - but was discouraged to learn that they often assign you an illustrator and rarely let you do your own drawings. :(
I'd like to print up 300 copies for Amy, my family, and I to sell online and at my booth when I'm out and about. Anything raised above and beyond will go toward a second printing of books, and to starting our next book idea: "Captain Hook Learns to be Brave."
Alice in Wonderland is one of many classic books that has joined "the public domain." Much like Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and the Grimm Fairytales of past, Lewis Carroll's story and all the characters within are available for use by the general public. For more information on the public domain, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain
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