Released in October 2010, the hardcover collection of my Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (Hardcover Graphic).
It was also #9 on Amazon.com’s best selling graphic novels. Now, I know that the popularity is based on the James Patterson name recognition, but hey, I’ll take it. It’s good practice for when one of my own creations eventually makes it to the top of the sales charts.
Collecting the 4-issue limited series from IDW Publishing, Battle for Shadowland is an original story based on the characters and settings from James Patterson’s young adult novel, Witch & Wizard. The story takes place between books 1 and 2 of the prose series.
“In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed graphic novel spinning out of best-selling author James Pattersons’s #1 novel, sibling teenagers Whit & Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland.”
The artwork is provided by talented Spanish artist, Victor Santos. I’ve had a blast working with Victor; his work is dynamic, fun, and full of energy. Here’s a look at his illustration for the cover of the trade paperback edition:
…and a page from the book, showing most of our main and supporting characters, starting with his pencils:
Followed by his inks:
And finally colored by Jamie Grant (All-Star Superman):
And given that IDW Publishing has fully embraced the digital distribution of comics, the book is also available through the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on the PSP through Sony’s Digital Comics storefront.
And finally, here’s a peek at an alternate cover for issue #2, courtesy of Brazilian artist Fabio Moon. First, his concept sketch:
And next the finished cover:
You can purchase a copy through any book store, comic shop, or on Amazon.com