Lesson Teaser - Pelléas and Mélisande
Here's the page that was examined in our Kickstarter "pilot" video. The lesson will be repeated when we reshoot, but we're going to output the 11" by 17" pages in color so that they'll "read" better.
Also, P. Craig Russell's commentary on the original comics adaptation:
Pelléas & Mélisande was the first full opera I adapted, and it was as much an adaptation of a play as it was an opera. The original play was by Maurice Maeterlink who, in his time, was as well known and influential as Tennessee Williams. Artists and composers alike adapted his work into their respective forms.
I knew of his effect on painters from my interest in the French and Belgian Symbolists but had never read him directly until I came across a volume of his plays in the discard bin at the KSU library. Walked home through the snow on a sunny day reading it and had to stop and sit down on a stone wall to finish it. By the time I got back to the studio I knew that I wanted to adapt it to comics. The most beautiful dialogue. It is a play of verbal sidelong glances.
I did listen to Debussy’s opera while adapting it, but, unlike later pieces, the music influenced my storytelling in only a few places. Once I got started, I got on a work jag during which I pencilled and inked a page a day for almost 50 days straight."