The Twilight Children from DC Comics imprint Vertigo Comics is a gorgeous and fantastical tale about the residents of a Latin American fishing village who begin to encounter strange visitors and supernatural phenomena. The charming four-issue limited series, which combines magic and sci-fi, comes from the visual dream team of creators Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke -- in their first collaboration together.
Surreal and beautiful, The Twilight Children was a fan-loved hit for Vertigo and leaves us craving more from these two comic legends. But until we're graced with another project from the duo, you can pick up the collected edition of the series, available now.
And as a special treat, we're happy to reveal character sketches from Hernandez. Although Cooke did the art on the book, Hernandez is obviously an accomplished artist in his own right, and it's fun to check out his initial conception of some of these people of the Twilight town.
These sketches are included in the collection, but we're happy to exclusively show off some of them below, along with Gilbert Hernandez' thought process about his creations.
Take a look, and trust me, pick up The Twilight Children on your next trip to a bookstore or comic shop.
Gilbert Hernandez: "I thought of Ela having an ethereal look but almost childish in her attitude. Of course, she didn't end up looking childish but her presence gave us a sense of an otherworldly person thanks to Darwyn's finished version."
Hernandez: "I wanted to go simple in creating the townsfolk for the series. I spent most of my early career creating the town of Palomar in Love and Rockets comics which was in black and white. This project gave me the opportunity to do a similar type story except with the luxury of having it in color, of which Dave Stewart accomplished beautifully. "
Hernandez: "I try to create funny looking, yet sympathetic people on purpose to contrast the reader's expectations of what the character might act like at first glance. Again, Darwyn went his own way but still captured what I was going for. He just draws people a little healthier looking which still worked just fine."