Preview: A Destiny Earned (from “The Gold Piece”)

Early on, writer James W. Powell determined to devote his energy to the adaptation of one of our lesser-known folk tales, “The Gold Piece.” Spanish artist Pam López (inexplicably, not a superstar already) and letterer Jason Arthur (bringing just the perfect touch) joined him to create A Destiny Earned —  a charming account of a boy’s journey towards manhood and his parents’ attempts to guide him in the right direction.

See more of Pam’s work at her website!

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About the Book

Dark Horse Comics will publish Once Upon a Time Machine on October 10, 2012.

Fairy tales have fueled our dreams and fired our imaginations for centuries. Step inside a time machine built by a collection of today’s finest storytellers, and enter a range of futures where familiar tales are re-imagined in an astonishing variety of styles. Watch the next wave of leading illustrators work alongside superstar creators like Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Khoi Pham (Daredevil), Brandon Graham (King City), and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) to deliver a reading experience that will delight generations young, old, and yet to come.

Edited by Andrew Carl & Produced by Chris Stevens.

Format: 432 pages, Paperback, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Price: $24.99

ISBN-10: 1616550406

ISBN-13: 9781616550400

Diamond Order Code: JUN120047

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Beyond the Tale: Tara Alexander

From the mind of writer Tara Alexander sprang 1001, a just-north-of-modern-day take on “Arabian Nights.” Unparalleled artist Nelson Evergreen and letterer extraordinaire Jason Arthur joined her to create this new tale of tales. Let’s hear from the charming Mrs. Alexander…

Q: How did you arrive at this new incarnation of Scheherazade and her adventures in storytelling? 

I think what keeps fairy tales and fables so relevant is the reader’s ability to relate to and admire their heroes. Scheherazade is such a great character. When I was debating what story to choose to adapt, hers kept drawing me back. For me, bringing “One Thousand and One Nights” into a future setting was about focusing on her and the many positive qualities she possesses–selflessness, bravery, intelligence, and creativity. I wanted to keep the future world of 1001 just beyond the present and make Sherri very classic in appearance so that those admirable characteristics wouldn’t be trumped by over-the-top settings and scenarios.

Q: 1001 is your first work in comics. What inspired you to pursue this medium?

I never read comics when I was growing up, so I was way late to the party. My husband was actually the first one to get me interested in them by showing me how cool they could be. I’m so grateful for that! And, really, what’s better than combining words and images? I believe the potential in this medium is so great. When used at their fullest, I don’t think anyone can argue against the power that comics employ. Continue reading

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Under the Hood: John Henry (designs)

Writer Andrew Carl and artist William Allan Reyes took on the great American folk hero John Henry, and shot him into deep space. Seamus Heffernan and Jason Arthur later joined the crew, on colors and letters, respectively.

Here are some of William’s character (and machinery!) designs for this steel-drivin’ tale.

You can find William Allan Reyes on his deviantART site.

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Preview: The Crossing (from “The Billy Goats Gruff”)

The Crossing pulls “The Billy Goats Gruff” out of the idyllic countryside of our old storybooks and into a post-apocalyptic, but very familiar, modern cityscape. Charles Fetherolf brought us this wonderful, watercolor one-man-show (from script, to pencils, to paints, to letters).

You can find more of Charles’ work at his website, and in his beautiful self-published comics, Giants in the Earth and Sons of Cain from Giant Earth Press.

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Welcome aboard!

This is the new, official landing spot for Once Upon a Time Machine.

Check back in regularly for updates in preview art, creator interviews, reviews, news about the book’s impending release, and heads-up for any creator appearances.

For now, enjoy Farel Dalrymple’s beautiful title page for the book (he also provided our wonderful cover and logo):

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