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The Snow Queen
Pen and watercolour - as a break from comic pages and during the hottest summer I can remember! I've always loved Edmund Dulac's illustration from 'The Dreamer of Dreams' - 'everything about her was glistening white'. This is a kind of tribute...
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Wraparound Cover for Test print of Trade Book
Test print of 2/3rds of the book - wraparound coverfor a trade version.
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Elio Vyciduary - High Vector of the Hidden Hand -
Now in colour - almost...

It was the Seventh (and to date latest) Vector of the Hidden Hand, the sly and reclusive Master Elio Vyduciary who formalised the practice of issuing licenses for the use of magic spells and at a stoke gathered every arcane initiative within his finely tailored cloak. It was Vector Vyduciary’s keen and persuasive argument that saw the relevant statutory instruments being enacted by the Board of The Manse and the fruits of his will being enshrined within the laws of The Manse. Thereafter, no magic happened without a license and no license was issued without the knowledge and permission of the Prime Vector.

In his centuries as Prime Vector, Elio Vyduciary’s grip never slackened and on the whole this was deemed a good thing. Stability meant life within the Manse was comfortable; few were nostalgic for earlier, wilder times. There was only ever one who had defied him, one who through a heady mix of animal cunning and blunt pig-head-ery had found a means to circumvent the tight legislation which bound the use of magic. An irritant, an itch to be scratched. Vyduciary had to work with a King of a mortal clan to restore the balance he felt so necessary which irked him somewhat, a pinch on his pride, but not so much that an accord wasn’t struck. It was worth it for the peace of mind.

Scholars who study such things note that Vector Elio Vyduciary, in general a workaholic, had one known foible; in a remote private courtyard he kept a collection of trees, tiny and ancient, which he tortured for pleasure, twisting and wiring their frail limbs into caricatures of their natural form. It has been speculated that this might be an insight into his psychological makeup. It probably isn’t.

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Simon Jacob
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This story is ballooning with every page. The more panels I draw the more text creeps in so I'm going to include pages of text which will not be essential to the story but will provide background and possibly a bit of entertainment as I go along (for me, if nobody else). The idea of the adventures of a sour spirited, feckless wizard has been with me for long time and has made an appearance in various strips and written stories (mostly aborted) over many years.
    I completely buy into the idea that a story can take on a life of its own - it's at that point it becomes an exhilarating process, a journey into the semi unknown for the writer and maybe even a reader, who knows? It's happened to me once before with a novel and I'm hoping that it's happening again - a second strike of the lightning! It took me two years to finish the book - I reckon that about the same should do it for The Wizard of Witchmaze. All I need to do is keep drawing and not drop off the perch before it's finished. Bearing in mind that I revise a great deal, here's a first step. Expect this to change as the story reinvents itself!

FOREWORD

THE UNIVERSE OF TEMPA PERDU IS A COMPLEX AND ENTANGLED PLACE, UNDOUBTEDLY VERY DIFFERENT TO THE UNIVERSE IN WHICH YOU NOW RESIDE. INDEED THE VERY FACT THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF TEMPA PERDU AT ALL SIGNIFIES THAT YOU ARE IN RECEIPT OF THE TRANS-DIMENSIONAL EMANATIONS I HAVE BEEN SENDING FORTH ACROSS THE COSMIC DIVIDES OVER MANY YEARS AND SO YOU BEAR WITNESS TO THE INSTABILITY BY WHICH THIS IS ACHIEVED. I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE FORM THESE EMANATIONS WILL TAKE THUS I AM UNABLE TO PREDICT HOW MY MESSAGES WILL APPEAR TO YOU; THEY MAY APPEAR IN THE FORM OF DREAMS, OR OF WORDS HEARD UNBIDDEN FROM AN UNSEEN SOURCE. THEY MAY FORM THE LYRICS OF A SONG OR THE STANZAS OF A HEROIC POEM. THEY MAY EVEN APPEAR AS A SUCESSION OF CHILDISHLY COLOURFUL, ANNOTATED ILLUSTRATIONS. WHO KNOWS? NOT ME, THAT’S FOR SURE.  SUFFICE IT TO SAY IT IS AN ACHIEVEMENT OF UNPARRALELLED SKILL AND ARTISTRY THAT ALLOWS ME NOW TO IMPART TO YOU THE TALE OF MY MANY TRIALS AND GREAT ADVENTURES FROM A WORLD FAR BEYOND THE KNOWN BORDERS OF YOUR OWN SPACE AND TIME – FROM TEMPA PERDU!

WHILE IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT THERE HAS SELDOM BEEN – NO – NEVER BEEN - A LIFE AS EXTRAODINARY AND MUTLI FACETED AS MY OWN, CERTAIN DETAILS OF THE BACKGROUND, OF THE MINUTIAE IF YOU WILL, MIGHT NOT BE TO EVERYONE’S TASTE. THE NARRATIVE DRIVE OF MY LIFE STORY IS OF COURSE UNMISSABLE; SOME OF THE FOUNDATIONS UPON WHICH THE TOWERING EDIFICE OF MY ACHIEVEMENT HAS BEEN BUILT MAYBE LESS SO.

TO THIS END, AS A CARING AND EMPATHIC NARRATOR, I HAVE MADE CERTAIN ARRANGEMENTS. THUS, WHERE EVER THIS SYMBOL APPEARS;

YOU MAY SAFELY SKIP THAT CONTENT AND CARRY ON UNIMPAIRED, BREATHLESS WITH EXCITEMENT, IF ALSO SOMEWHAT UNENLIGHTENED. FOR THE COMPLETISTS WHO WISH MORE THOROUGHLY TO PICK APART THE FABRIC OF TEMPA PERDU THEN THESE PASSAGES ARE FOR YOU TO EXPLORE – THE METAPHORICAL SIDE ALLEYS, THE FOOTNOTES, THE VERY STUFF OF LIFE. IT IS MY FONDEST HOPE THAT THE FORMER OUTNUMBER THE LATTER BUT ALAS! IT IS MERELY MY LOT TO CASTE CASTIGAN JEWELS BEFORE OYVID META-PIGS. WHO CHOOSES TO PICK THEM UP IS A MATTER FOR THAT BEING AND THEIR CONSCIENCE ALONE.

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CaroFrescoDolceFlata Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday :)
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Shiantu Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018
Thank You!
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pegasuswarrior Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy BirthdayHave your cake and eat it too 
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Shiantu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
Why thank you!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional
Happy birthday Simon :D
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Shiantu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
Why Thank You!
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DragoonArkoon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god! Thanks for the watch master :hug:
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Shiantu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
You're welcome!
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isletree Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Professional Artist
Happy Birthday!Airborne 
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Shiantu Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017
Why thank you!
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