CBR: Petersen & Dysart Discuss "Mouse Guard"
Series creator David Petersen sat down with Joshua Dysart at the West Hollywood Book Fair to discuss the origins, influences and future of his Eisner Award-winning comic book, "Mouse Guard."
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Little Mice Big Future
I am surprised that Mouse Guard hasn't broken through with young adults and children. As soon as I first picked it up I thought that this property, with the right backing could easily become the next Ninja Turtles.
Perhaps the serious nature of the stories and grim theme, mood and content has prevented it from going exponential.
I have the guest artists issue here, I think all the Mouse Guard stories and art are terrific, very original and good luck to the creators.
I hate to be "That Guy" who cries "rip off" at everything but come on there's no escaping the fact that Mouse Guard is a straight rip off of Brian Jacques' Redwall series. I don't see how anyone who is familiar with that series of books would be able to not see that.
Fighting mice, the quasi-medieval setting, several species of woodland animals working together, some species always being villains, each species with their own culture and mode of speech, etc. come on...
There's just WAY too many original comics out there for me to waste time with something so uninspired and shameless.
Not saying you don't have grounds for your grievance but execution is usually the key in the comics medium where so many characters could be reduced to ripoffs of each other.
Doc Savage was the man of bronze, the pinnacle of human perfection and had a fortress of solitude before Superman did - then one of Lester Dent's assistants left and went to work in the same office as Superman's creative team.
Supes team presented some identical ideas in a way that blew Doc's medium and character off the stands for all intents and purposes.
The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland came out long before these and they feature all manner of fighting furries.
The funny thing about this is - I came to the Redwall books BECAUSE of the Mouse Guard. In the same ass backward way a lot of people started picking up Sam & Dave and Otis Redding because of hearing covers by the Blues Brothers.