I think I had just started Kingbreaker when Randy Stradley at Dark Horse asked if I could do a Dark Times cover. He said it would be a Doug Wheatley layout and that I had months before it was due. Since I had such a long time to get it done and Doug was already doing part of the work and since I like Doug’s work, I said yes. While I was working on KB 2 I got an e-mail from Randy’s assistant wondering if I had the cover done yet. I didn’t. I hadn’t even started. I thought I still had a long time before it was due and so I was focusing on KB which was behind schedual. So, thinking that they needed the cover right away I took a couple days break from KB to do it. Only now are they soliciting the cover. I probably could have waited till I was all done with Kingbreaker before doing it, instead of getting myself even more behind. Oh well. It’s all behind me now. And I like how the cover came out. It will be the cover for Star Wars: Dark Times #16.
I worked pretty closely from Doug Wheatley’s layout on this. Sometimes when you’re working over another artists layouts you end up wanting to change a lot, but when I saw Doug’s sketch for this cover I wanted to retain as much of it as I could. He’s a really great artist and I encourage you to check out his work in Star Wars: Dark Times. Also, check out his blog here.
The title of this entry is from the theme song to the Disney cartoon DarkWing Duck. The line has staid with me all these year. You know, because my initials are DW… I wonder if Doug has had the same experience…
Anyway, here’s Doug’s sketch that I turned into the piece you see above.