“The Adventures of Prince Ziph – PT version : As Aventuras dos Príncipe Ziph” – V2.0
Time once again for more bad art from long ago as people tend to enjoy looking at my early efforts at this stuff.
This particular one was my second atempt to put to paper my initial concept for the adventures of Prince Ziph which later became my “ONCE UPON A TIME ON MARS” fantasy comics which you can download for free here on this website of course.
These early 92 pages are just a sketchbook, ink doodle version which I didn´t took further at the time.
I had just read “THE HOBBIT” for the first time around 1984, way before Tolkien´s name became the mainstream movie connection of today and I wanted to create my own fantasy story without many human or human-like characters in it.
So I came up with these spider-looking fellows as I also wanted to play with peoples fear of spiders and create a good “spider” hero which has his adventures in a fantasy land similar to the one from The Neverending Story ( book and movie ) which is still one of my my inspiration sources. I did the first sketch pages back in 1987.
Later around 2004 when I started to create the current version for this original sketch work from 87, this fantasy land of Ziph became the Planet Mars because I was heavily influenced by the Art Bell paranormal talk radio show and in particular by the Face on Mars and Monuments of Mars controversy under Richard C.Hoagland´s work.
By the way, although I have a similar wacky death grim rieper character in my story that had nothing to do with Terry Pratchet´s Discworld at all. It was 1987 and Portugal never knew anything about Pratchet´s novels at the time because they weren´t available here and remember there was no internet either. Discworld only appeared in Portugal around early 2000s and it never took of at all in sales, if I´m not mistaken only the first book was released here to a very poor reception and so nothing more was published.
The fact the I also have a very dark humor and a death character it´s just one of those coincidences as me and Terry Pratchet seemed to share the same sick sense of humor.
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