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.