The Field Guide To Magical Animals is a fantasy mystery series set in a magical world called The Verdant Kingdom. Each adventure features amazing magical creatures, and the problems their magical abilities can cause. Our hero, Lee, is an aspiring zoologist who wants to know everything there is to know about these incredible creatures. With her wits, cunning, and encyclopedic knowledge of animal facts, she is always saving the day.

Lee's partner is an ill-tempered ghost who used to be the greatest adventurer alive. Maddy wishes she could relive her glory days, bashing heads, swinging from vines, and stealing piles and piles of treasure. Now her restless spirit is bound to an ancient book, which chronicles the adventures she had while still alive. Maddy is always pushing Lee to be more of an action hero, and solve her problems with her fists. She is so bored every time Lee prefers to solve puzzles and outthink her challenges, rather than relying on a sword to fix everything.

The sun sets over a beautiful mountain range. All seems peaceful in a quiet mountain town. Suddenly, things are thrown into chaos. A fire errupts in the town. This is an unnatural fire, of magical origins.

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The Field Guide To Magical Animals by Joe Wierenga

What an idylic vista. I spent a lot of time developing the visual style for this world. I don't like the idea that an artist should have a style, I think stories should have styles and artists should be able to move between them. The next story I draw, if it doesn't take place in this world, will have to look very different.

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