Over at Ok, PANIC! (the nifty artist collective of myself, Jason Young, Kurt Dinse and Jeff Potter [yeah, I left someone out]), we tackled The Wizard of Oz. I decided to do a mash-up of Oz & The X-Men (and I could have done so much more with it too, but I ran out of time). Since I didn’t do a traditional Oz piece there, I decided to do something here for it. My friend Joe suggested I draw a Wheeler.
Coincidentally, Wheeler is the name of the gentleman who is the curator of Ok, PANIC! and partner in crime and color of an aforementioned Jeff Potter.
Anyhoo, I decided to make the Wheeler look different than the movie version (Return to Oz), and looked ’em up on the internets. Not too much reference could be found outside of the “Return” look. So I just kinda made something up.
Then I found Skottie (no relation to Jason) Young’s version. And that kinda sums up the entire problem I had when planning what I was going to do for the Ok, PANIC! piece. Every sketch I started, worked on, planned out, etc., they were all Skottie Young’s version of the characters. Not exact, and not planned. It’s like Skottie’s vision of Oz has overwritten the movie versions in my mind and has seeped into my subconscious. Which is pretty awesome. Skottie has essentially redefined what Oz is, which takes an incredible amount of talent and skill when you’re facing not only the cinematic classic, but the countless Oz novels, too.
Basically what I’m getting at is that Skottie Young is an awesome and amazing artist and I’ll certainly follow his career wherever it takes him. Right now, he’s recreating Oz, and I’m loving it. Check out his work. He’s fantastic, and I didn’t set out to rip him off.