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WEIRDING WILLOWS -SAMI BASRI and JESSICA KHOLINNE by DeevElliott WEIRDING WILLOWS -SAMI BASRI and JESSICA KHOLINNE by DeevElliott
So here it is... The final cast of THE WEIRDING WILLOWS.

This is the Direct Sales Market cover for Heavy Metal.

First 2 stories premiere in Heavy Metal and a third will be in the extra pages of the MONSTER MASSACRE collection in October.

The Good Guys on the cover are;

Alice, Frankenstein's monster, Mowgli, Badger, Mole, Ratty, the White Rabbit, Toad, Davey Pan, Thumbellina and Tom Thumb.

Bad Guys;

Lots of Flying Monkeys!

What about the Cheshire Cat? Not sure about him...

Check back here for more about the story and the world I'm building.

WEIRDING WILLOWS Dave Elliott
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:iconxelianthought:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Awesome! 
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cebastianlemon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
i found out about this from heavy metal mags
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Great! Hope you liked it. The regular strip starts in a comic called A1 in June.

Yours,

- Dave
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cebastianlemon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I better order it.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
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skotsoad Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So incredibly awesome and enriched with life!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thanks! We're having fun with this project and can't wait for the comic to come out. The new issue of Heavy Metal magazine will have a tease of the series. Goes on sale in two weeks.
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ixzidian2031 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Artist
is this a real comic? fantastic art btw
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Yes, the first stories will in the next issue of Heavy Metal that will be on sale soon. After that it will be a regular strip in the anthology A1, the first issue of which will be released exclusively on DeviantART next month.

Thanks,

- Dave
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ixzidian2031 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Awesome and your welcome
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Damej Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to this... But you'd better RESPECT My Badger, Mole & Ratty!
I know you will as I got here from an article about respecting the voice of you consumers.
Way to "come correct"
Damej
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Badger, Mole, Ratty and Toad are so much fun to write. I'm building off the relationships from the book with a few little twists and turns as they play off the other characters I am using. ;-)

I have some fun plans for them in the future so stay tuned.
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catgir Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
This cover looks awesome! I have to see the story on this one. :D
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Cheers! It's going to be fun!
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:iconcatgir:
catgir Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I bet it will be. :D
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manikai Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so very dynamic and just powerful cover!

It's a shame one can't really see the famous Cheshire-smile, but the cat is still very cool. Everyone looks awesome, but smirking and ready for the battle Ratty is my personal favorite=)

Beautiful illustration and pose work.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
So glad you like Ratty. He's one of my faves. I've based his character on an old British comedian called Terry Thomas. This "Ratty" is called Terry as well after him. So many of these charming old stories only used one of each character so you can get away with calling them "Toad" or "Badger" but in my series we're expanding the world so you can't have every rat be called Rat or Ratty, plus names help define characters as well.

Also the cat's name is Cheshire, so it's Cheshire the cat not the Cheshire Cat.

And I have Sami and Jessica to thank for the art. They're amazing! The designs were actually done by Barnaby Bagus [link]
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MatthewLaipple Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student General Artist
So, I am totally intrigued so far.

The cover is amazing. THIS is the style I strive towards, but I'm still learning the digital side of illustration. I love how clean this is.

Davey Pan took a minute to set in. Now, that character interests me more than anyone.

I can't wait to see where this goes, best of luck!

(and on a side note, if you are know of any writers interested in working on a project, I'm in desperate need of someone who knows what they're doing. I've got a seriously cool idea, but I struggle when it comes to the actual dialogue. Thanks for your time and talent!)
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
The cool thing is that more and more writers are coming to da. If you haven't seen some of the great journals that Techgnotic has been writing go and check his page. His page has become a lightning rod for writers to check out.

Glad you spotted Davey Pan. Very interesting reasoning behind his name and what his story will be...

Stay tuned!:-)
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AllexiaLeeBeaumont Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
This looks interesting indeed
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NuvaPrime Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Just as a warning; you can only go so far with this kinda' stuff.
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Unless you're using it as a springboard to something else...

;-)
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HeartofaWriter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great. I can't wait to read it!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks, I'm having so much fun with it that it is getting in the way of my 'other' work... The paying kind...

;-)
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HeartofaWriter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, that's always fun. This happened to me once, except my 'job' was school and at the time I was only writing for myself, not to post.
I wish I had a job to ignore instead of chores....
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EveHarding92 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG this looks amazing! I can't wait to read it :)
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks! First short story should be up here by the end of the month. Will start posting the character designs and pencils shortly.
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foxhole7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Holy crap. Any story with Frankenstein's monster punching a flying monkey is a good story in my book, and that's not even getting started on all the other awesome in this picture. They don't make crossovers like this anymore. :D

Incidentally, is the Badger character from the Redwall book series, or something else?
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Yeah... This is going to be the mother of all crossovers!

:-)

The badger is from Wind in the Willows.
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:iconfoxhole7:
foxhole7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Ah, thanks for letting me know.
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Dante8411 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Now this looks exciting.
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Thanks!

I've already got the first three major story arcs worked out. I should be able to post the first complete short story by the end of April.
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Dante8411 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
:iconshaokahnplz: Excellent!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Cheers!
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks truly intriguing
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I'm having a blast with it!

:-)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good for yer laddie! I may jus keep an eye fer yer for awhile though. Har Har Hargh!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Avast thar me hearty!

It be good ta ave ye aboard!

Ho-ho-ho!
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Moony-moo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yay!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
:-)
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Moony-moo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Monster is awesome!!! ^_^
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Who doesn't like a good bad monster!! :-D
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome cover!!
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:icondeevelliott:
DeevElliott Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
All you guys just ooze talent!!

:-)
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TheEvilEngine Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was thinking of an idea sorta like this once. It was basically a children's version of 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', which basically featured child characters instead. I too thought of Alice and Mowgli, but there were others like Peter Pan...can't think of who else >< cool art though anyway!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks,

Literally everyone will at some point make an appearance in WEIRDING WILLOWS. I've been holding back on using Peter Pan only because of the rights situation with Great Ormond Street Hospital. While they have the rights to collect royalties and payments on any adaptation of the work, the right to do prequels, sequels or extensions of the property have been left open to interpretation.

See here: [link]

In my story I am using the name MAG MELL for the home of the fairies and elves. While I won't be going there in my mind Neverland is there as well.

The flying character in the middle of the picture goes by the name of "Davey Pan" and he has a brother...

;-)
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Shadymissionary Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
This looks very interesting! Are you going to submit this story on Deviantart or elsewhere?
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
The story will be posted here before it appears in Heavy Metal magazine. Then we'll post a much larger story before that is published later in the year.
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Shadymissionary Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
On this account?
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Yes indeed.
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