Hazleton Native Completes Graphic Novel
Not only did David N. Corrado write the story for “The Legend of Alastar,” he illustrated each of its 184 pages.
He also designed the graphic novel’s layout, added color to his drawings and came up with the lettering.
“It took me almost five years to complete, because not only was I working on it part of my time, but a book this size typically takes five or six artists, writers, colorists, pencilers, letterers and editors to complete,” Corrado, of Hazleton, said of his recently published fantasy tale.
The graphic novel is a first for the artist and illustrator, whose other works include paintings at area churches and murals at the Hazleton Police Department and Freeland American Legion post home.
Corrado explained the story is appropriate for young adults and children — and anyone of any age who enjoys stories like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Frankenstein” or darker heroes like Batman.
“As a child I was inspired by the ending of the animated 1991 version of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” Corrado said. “When the curse is finally lifted and Belle can at last see the Beast for who he really is, stayed with me. In that story people feared the Beast, and when Belle met him, that was really their first encounter.”
Corrado’s tale takes a different twist.
“In my story, the hero (Alastar), although beast-like himself, uses crystal armor to hide that, so instead of being feared, he is actually adored by the villagers, but still isolated from them. The woman he agrees to help, actually shared a life with him before he was cursed, but neither of them realize that until much later,” he said.
While there is a theme that can be reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast,” Corrado’s tale has a few fight scenes and centers around a love story with a bittersweet ending.
There is no set time period; rather, Corrado set out to create a world of all fantasy, with images and costumes from different centuries.
His characters are original and modeled after family and friends. For example, his brother, Daniel Corrado, was the inspiration for Alastar, and his mother, Katherine Corrado, was the model for the role of the Queen. Even a likeness of his late grandmother, Marie Corrado, makes its way into the novel.
“I drew all the pages by hand with pencil and ink. I then transferred each page to my computer, where I used the latest Photoshop version to add all the colors, narration and special effects,” he said.
Each page is in full color.
And while it is illustrated like a comic book, it has more unconventional panels and a layout that sets each page apart.
“No two pages are displayed the same way,” Corrado said. “I didn’t want to go for that ‘Charlie Brown’ look, with the squares, or ‘Spider Man,’ where there are all these blocks. I wanted to do something different. And there are other books like that — I would look to other comic books for inspiration. So, I didn’t really invent anything. I just kind of went a bit more unconventional.”
He dedicated the book to those afflicted by paralysis, and mentions the late actor Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana as an inspiration for his efforts.
The books are available from Amazon and can be ordered at any Barnes & Noble. The publisher is Mascot Books, of Herndon, Virginia. In addition, they’re available from Barnes & Noble at Wilkes University, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.
To follow Corrado’s work or for updates on the book, visit the Facebook pages of “The Legend of Alastar” or “Artist Gallery of David N. Corrado.”
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