Keeping The Legacy Of Fire And Ice Burning
by Sara Frazetta
Animation of Darkwolf from Fire and Ice (1983)
Frazetta on set of Fire and Ice (1982)
Frazetta's Teegra Concept Art
Because this movie held a special place in my grandfather's heart, it has remained incredibly dear to me since the day I first watched it. After the live-action film fell through, Fire and Ice remained a cult classic that lingered in the shadows. It resided on platforms like YouTube and other free streaming services, gradually fading from conversations. It needed a revival but it wasn't happening without some conscious effort. It wasn't until writer Bob Freeman reached out to me on Twitter with an unexpected proposal. He asked if I had considered creating a role-playing game based on the film Fire and Ice. I had never considered it, but I found the idea intriguing. I approached the Ralph Bakshi family, who co-owned the property, and they were enthusiastic about expanding its potential. We immediately started working on the RPG with Bob Freeman, which eventually led us down other creative paths, such as the world of comics.
Having previously collaborated with Nick Barrucci of Dynamite Entertainment on Vampirella, we knew he would be a great fit for this property. Together, we brainstormed and searched tirelessly for the right creative team. Making my grandfather proud became my driving force throughout this endeavor, and I placed a crazy amount of pressure on myself to get everything to a standard of excellence. I knew what questions to ask and what qualities to look for. When I saw Leonardo Manco's art in Opus Publishing's Death Dealer issue #4, I knew he possessed a remarkable talent. His art resonated with me, and I could envision my grandfather raising an approving eyebrow at his work. Manco's art carried the same emotional depth and power as Frazetta's, reminding me of my grandfather's final comic, titled "Werewolf." When Manco joined the team, I was overjoyed and relieved. I couldn't imagine proceeding without him. From the moment I saw his art, I had a gut feeling that screamed "yes."
Leonardo Manco's Interior Art for Issue #1 titled "Good In Life."
When we received the first script from Bill and saw Leonardo's character art, we knew we had struck gold. My grandfather would have been pleased, and that meant we had succeeded. I understood the significance of this endeavor, and mediocracy was not an option. I have immense faith in this series. It embodies so much heart and adventure, employing the art of traditional storytelling through exceptional world-building. I can't wait until fans read issue #1 which will be in stores on August 2nd and can be pre-ordered at FrazettaGirls.com. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think! Long live Frazetta!
Wrap around cover artwork by Leonardo Manco
Sara Frazetta in Frank Frazetta's studio with the original Fire and Ice artwork (1990)
Thanks to movieweb.com for this blog’s title.