We’re receiving word that Travis Charest may have been removed as the artist on the Alejandro Jodorowsky-penned Dreamshifters graphic novel for Humanoids. We’re going live to John Roberts in Tustin for the latest word on this fast breaking story. John?
“Thanks, Heidi. It seems that Charest, who is known for being one of the slowest artists in the history of comics, realized after six years that he wasn’t getting anywhere, as this post on his forum shows. Instead the book will be finished by Janjetov. ”
I started working on this book over 6 years ago, the original idea was for me to do the pages in pen and ink and have them colored. I got it in my head that although I wasn’t a painter and hadn’t ever painted a comic, I would paint this one. Big mistake, a distaster. It took forever to get a page finished, I was redoing pages, changing the paints, a nightmare, by the time I’d left Paris and moved back to the USA I only had a dozen pages to show for nearly 2 years work. Since coming back, the pages haven’t really come any faster, and after all this time, I’ve only produced 30 pages of Dreamshifters. It wasn’t a case of screwing the pooch or anything like that, I’ve always worked hard, I just had a laborious process and a dismal understanding of how to really paint. I haven’t had any new script for a year or so and I figured something like this was happening but I found out like you did, someone mentioned the article to me and I asked my editors about it. I can’t blame them, if the book ends up being around 48-52 pages, then at the pace I was going, they’d be waiting another 4 years for this to be finished.
Hat tip to Tom, who cited Charest’s “productivity issues”.
In all seriousness, Charest is an amazing artist, and it’s a shame he can’t stop fuddling around and get more work out, because we’d really like to see it.