Following the success of A Land Remembered: A Graphic Novel, I decided to attempt to pursue adapting another famous Florida classic, The Yearling, written by Marjorie Kenan Rawlings.
Similar to A Land Remembered, The Yearling takes place in the pioneer days of Florida, following the Civil War and is about a young boy saving and befriending an orphaned deer. The book was instantly iconic, and has been adapted into a movie as well as an anime.
I had previously done some artwork for the Marjorie Kenan Rawling's Foundation to honor the 75th Anniversary of her novel. The pages I share here are from the scene leading up to Josie's encounter with the baby deer.
Originating from Gainesville, Florida, it's hard to grow up and not know who the famous superstar from "The Swamp"is. Tom Petty is a fixture in Gainesville, and his music and stories are the stuff of legends.
Recently, I took a dive into learning more about Tom Petty, especially his life growing up in Gainesville and his road to stardom. I had read a biography written about Tom Petty by Rolling Stone's writer, Warren Zane, and I instantly began to envision what a graphic novel of Tom's life would look like.
The scene here is a depiction of Tom Petty (then only age 8) meeting Elvis Presley on the Florida-set of "Follow That Dream". Zane describes the experience Tom had meeting Elvis as one of the pivotal factors of Tom pursuing his career in music.