Skottie Young Has Completed Work on The Wizard of Oz

A great triumph of the last few years has been the pairing of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young on a string of adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz novels. Starting with the Wizard of Oz and moving through six books in as many years, the series has been a delight from start to – now – finish. 

Coloured by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, who gave every page a twinkle and glimmer of magic, this has been one of my favourite series of the last few years in comics. And in a post made to his Tumblr this week, Young has revealed that he’s now finished work on the project. He’ll be moving to the webcomic I mentioned a few weeks ago, and continuing on various covers at Marvel.

Here’s a bit of what he had to say on working with Oz – you can find the full post on his site:

When the idea of drawing OZ was brought up, it was late 2007/early 2008 and I still lived in Chicago. I was 29. Now, I’m 35 and have lived in 2 other towns, brought home my wonderful Saint Bernard Emma, welcomed my son Baxter into the world, sat in hospitals for a few months while my little brother had a new heart put in, got our loyal golden doodle Penny, got a call saying my dad had a heart attack and passed away while away in Ireland, married my long time better half Casey, won 4 Einsers, spent around 30 total weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and became a part of the legacy of books that have been apart of peoples lives for 100 years. Thru all of this, Dorothy and her band of strange travelers have been with me. OZ will always be special to me in ways I’m not sure many other jobs could ever be. 

One of the best things to happen over these past years is the connection to the fans I’ve been fortunate enough to make. Seeing sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and parents and children all sharing this journey with me has been priceless. We here the buzz phrases “kids don’t read comics” and “woman don’t read comics.” Oz pulled back a curtain to a world filled with readers, old and new know those statements to be untrue. There’s no way for me to thank you all enough for the support you’ve given us and the stories, art, tattoos, and relationships you’ve shared with us and OZ. You’re amazing and you’ve changed my view what comics and their readers are. Thank you.

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