Travis Charest has been dropped from Alejandro Jodorowski's long-awaited "Dreamshifters" graphic novel, with artwork being taken over by Zoran Janjetov, for publication later this year. Why?
Travis states, "I started working on this book over six years ago, the original idea was for me to do the pages in pen and ink and have them colored. I got it in my head that although I wasn't a painter and hadn't ever painted a comic, I would paint this one. Big mistake, a disaster. It took forever to get a page finished, I was redoing pages, changing the paints, a nightmare, by the time I'd left Paris and moved back to the USA I only had a dozen pages to show for nearly two years work. Since coming back, the pages haven't really come any faster, and after all this time, I've only produced 30 pages of 'Dreamshifters.' It wasn't a case of screwing the pooch or anything like that, I've always worked hard, I just had a laborious process and a dismal understanding of how to really paint. I haven't had any new script for a year or so and I figured something like this was happening, but I found out like you did, someone mentioned the article to me and I asked my editors about it. I can't blame them, if the book ends up being around 48-52 pages, then at the pace I was going, they'd be waiting another 4 years for this to be finished. If anything they should be applauded for being as patient as they were, especially Jodo, a wonderful, generous man who only wants to see his book finished and deserves more than I've been able to give him. I've wanted to talk about all this for a long time but wasn't able to. I may still do more pages and the cover, but other than that I'm not sure. Now you know everything I know.