Careful What You Wish
Art © Taral Wayne. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Note by Leem: Scaled to fit - see full-size version. I first became aware of this piece of art when it was posted on the original Hall of Statuary site, in the form of three low-quality scans. It took me a little while to track down the artist, but I’m glad I did because that’s how I discovered Taral’s other work and eventually came to create these pages. When I originally wrote to Taral in January of 2006, he had this to say about the situation:
Very odd... I recall finding that somebody (was it Hall of Statuary?) had those panels on that site, and I tried to contact the owner. That was a couple of years ago, maybe three, but there was never any response to my enquiries. (Most of those freeze/statuary sites seem just about petrified themselves.) I wouldn't have asked to have the art taken down, but would like to have had proper credits.
The three pics are all the story there is, and weren't originally conceived as one... but one picture led to the next. They were published in a comic called Wild Kingdom (number 11), in November 1998, for which I probably received the princely sum of thirty bucks and a few copies of the comic they appeared in. What was rather annoying about the unauthorized posting of the story was that Wild Kingdom was the only source, and the editor could easily have been contacted using the e-mail address in the fine print, and he would have notified me. Everything might have been on the up and up, and I'd have known I had something on line. As it is, I had no idea for quite some time, and had to be tipped off by someone. As I said, my attempts to get proper credit were ineffective. Discouraged, I slunk off to brood and develop different contacts.
Shame. Still, all’s well that ends well, and you can now view the original version in all its glory. The current, restored Hall of Statuary now links to the full-size image as well. Additionally, Taral later coloured one panel for a poster (not sure why he didn’t colour the others as well), and here it is:
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