Longtime Gestation

Sometimes there’s a very long gestation period on a project.

My project of adapting all nine of the Oscar Wilde fairy tales began in 1991-92.

Some of the stories I’ve adapted were done all in one stroke, meaning I scripted and laid out the story then immediately went onto produce the finished artwork. Others were scripted and laid out and then had to wait for me to finish other more immediately pressing projects.

The Happy Prince was scripted and laid out and has waited, sometimes accusingly it seems, at the side of my drawing board or tucked away in my filing drawer for eight years until sometime last winter I suddenly picked it up and started working on it. This time I didn’t put it down until I finished it.

That leaves The Fisherman and his Soul which has waited it’s turn in my file drawer a whopping seventeen years and counting.

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About the Author

Craig Russell
Craig Russell
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, Philip Craig Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel, he went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for comics with, among other works, adaptations of Operas by Wagner (Parsifal) and Mozart (The Magic Flute). His massive adaptation of The Ring of the Nibelung may be his magnum opus. He has also collaborated frequently with Neil Gaiman on Sandman. He has become known as an artist's artist with his very refined pure line. His series of adaptations of the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde has gone back to press many times and been translated in over 6 languages.

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