We’ve seen some awesome responses to the concept poster illustration for the Prydain Chronicles over the past two days since we released it. I want to thank everyone who shared it on social media, clicked “like,” or otherwise reacted with enthusiasm and support. I’d like to try and answer a few of the questions that have come up about this project.
My post, “An Open Letter to Sam Dickerman—Executive VP Walt Disney Pictures,” has been well received, in spite of its length and meandering, autobiographical tone. Some have very kindly offered to put Jared Crossley and me in touch with people at Disney who might connect us with Mr. Dickerman, and for that we are grateful.
I make no bones about the fact that I’d love to work on the films. But beyond trying to persuade Disney executives and producers to bring us on as collaborators in the development, right now, more than anything, I believe the decision-makers at Disney need to hear from you— the people of the Internet who care about Prydain, who want to see these books made into films that will be true to the original vision of the author. They have to see some proof that there’s a huge audience of fans who are excited about these films, who will actually go out and watch them in massive numbers rivaling that of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. They need clear signs that the many millions of dollars worth of investment for the development, production and marketing of the first film is a smart bet. They need to know if people want it enough to spend their time and money to go see it, to have confidence that the series has the potential for significant profits.
So… how can you help? What power do you have to make big things like this happen? More than you think! Send a message. Not necessarily a private message to a Disney exec, but an open, public message to the world through the Internet. Post your thoughts and make your case why you personally want to see these films. Tell the world what it is that makes Prydain meaningful to you—that great sensibility and spirit that made them so appealing in the first place. Share your personal stories, share your writing, music, photography, games, cosplay or whatever it is you do that relates to Prydain and its memorable characters. Share your artwork, your drawings, paintings, sculptures, 3D models and designs.
We need to start flooding the web with this stuff over the coming weeks and months, to show Disney that popular demand for Prydain is strong and rising like a tsunami. Create memes, make YouTube videos, put up web pages, blogs and fan sites. Share, “like,” repost, reblog and retweet all your favorite quotes and dialogue from the books with hashtags like #Prydain or #The Black Cauldron. Tag others you think might be interested in your pictures, videos and posts. Follow this blog to share and re-post the new Prydain concept sketches and paintings I plan to release each week over the next few months. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter and pass the artwork along to your followers on those platforms. And follow other blogs and fan pages posting things about Prydain. Do some daily Google searches for “Prydain,” the titles of the books in the series, and the names of characters like Taran, Eilonwy, Gurgi, Hen Wen, Gwydion, Achren or The Horned King, to drive traffic to these search terms and see if we can get them trending.