I have been working on this massive project for my good friend John Gardner for a while now. It’s for his annual youth retreat Snow Camp, the theme of which is “Land of Legends.” They are basing all of their activities for the weekend around mythical creatures. Sounds like a pretty cool time!
When he told me he wanted a Yeti, Sasquatch, Chupacabra and the Loch Ness Monster drawn up for the shirt I knew it was going to take gobs of time, but in the end I would have some pretty cool images to work with. I plan on using some of these for isolated, limited edition T-shirts later in the year (I think that a good bit of Bigfoot lovers would be interested in buying the Sasquatch shirt) however I am thinking that I could use them for a bit more.
I already plan on using the Yeti as a pretty major Character in my Cynderbreak universe. I am deeply tempted to use Sasquatch as his archrival, a larger, more intelligent creature who exists in the shadows controlling and waiting to strike. Yeti VS Sasquatch sounds pretty cool and it just may be the type of thing that people would really enjoy!
I think that I could find a place for the villainous Chupacabra as well, almost like a Gollum character, searching for something, seeking to devour. There is something inherently humorous about Chubacabras, perhaps it’s the fact that their name literally means “Goat Sucker.”
Anyhow, I see potential in borrowing some of these mythical creatures. I need to cultivate a familiarity in Cynderbreak early or I am going to lose people. They need to have some connection, what better way than to use un-copyrighted familiar monsters!?