From Ducks to Dragons: Translating a DreamWorks Franchise into Print
Darkwing readers will also recall Silvani’s penchant for sneaking little easter eggs into the background. While the thought of giving famous animated dragons like Maleficent and Elliot cameos in the book tickles him, the artist stresses that “the universe might actually explode if I put Disney references into a DreamWorks comic. I don’t know if I’ll be sticking in a Kung Fu Panda or Monsters VS Aliens reference on the shields of one of the characters…but you never know!”
Dragons: Riders of Berk will feature stories by Patrick Rills, Jai Nitz, Troy Dye and Tom Kelesides, and Paul Morrissey and Heather Nuhfer. Darkwing Duck letterer Deron Bennett and illustrator Amy Mebberson will also be contributing. For a glimpse at the first issue, enjoy the following pages illustrated by Silvani, which show, as Sparrow puts it, “the problems inherent with having a several-thousand pound lizard rampaging through your village at any given time.”
The following are three unlettered panels from the upcoming series (click on any image to get a higher-res version):
James Gartler is a Canadian writer with a serious passion for animation in all its forms. His work has appeared in the pages of Sci Fi Magazine, and at the websites EW.com and Newsarama.com.