"This Is Also A Bucket List Project For Me" David Petersen Talks The Wind In The Willows

Since its first publication in 1908, generations of adults and children have cherished Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows, now Eisner Award-winning creator of Mouse Guard, David Petersen is taking the reigns.

To me, Petersen's art style is so fitting to this story. Being a fan of Mouse Guard, it's easy to see the influence The Wind in the Willows had on him. What's great about this is, a new book will expose this story to a new group of readers that haven't interacted with it before. It will be a fresh experience for new and old fans.

Petersen shared his thoughts on the book:

"The Wind in the Willows has long been a favorite of mine. I love talking animal stories and I don't know that they get better than Kenneth Grahame's. This is also a bucket list project for me, something I had to illustrate before I passed on. It's been tremendously difficult to illustrate as I'm trying to live up to the spirit of the original text while living in the shadows of illustrators like E. H. Shepard, Arthur Rackham, Inga Moore, and Robert Ingpen (among many others) who have visualized this tale in ways impossible not to be influenced by. The challenge of doing this story right has lead me to push my work further than I ever have, and I think my artwork will be forever changed by it for the better."

Along with some tweets about his creative process…

Experience the timeless story of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger in this beautiful new book set to release this October from IDW Publishing. Petersen will be hand-signing each copy of the 1st printing, so we're going to need to figure out how to get one of those…So far there's no sign of a pre-order link.