I've had the story of THE INHERITORS in my files a very long time. I always envisioned this as a trilogy of films but never felt it could be done as live action until I finally realized CGI technology had become advanced enough to pull it off. As a kid I always had a fear of insects, an aversion I had to always struggle to overcome. I remember being frightened and fascinated by a sci-fi movie classic titled "THEM" about the government trying to stop a growing colony of giant ants from taking over the world. The ants were just big puppets but the acting and directing was first rate and extremely effective nonetheless. The nightmarish look of real insects were far more visceral for me.
I then saw what in the theatre what was marketed to be a sci-fi movie but it surprisingly turned out to be an excellent documentary titled "THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLES" starring Lawrence Pressman as a fictitious Dr. Nils Hellstrom who was an entomologist with a wonderful flair for the dramatic who took us into the fascinating world of insects with the added frightening emphasis that if left unchecked, insects could reproduce and take over the Earth in one year.
Doing this book has been a catharsis for me. You can imagine how difficult it's been to stare at and draw large scale these tiny creatures the sight of whom create such intense horror for me. Regardless we have to live with them. Insects have been here hundreds of millions of years before us and will be here long after humans are gone. I hope my hyper mythology of the colorful world of Entomo inspires others and their kids to explore the fascinating real world of insects and arthropods in general.
Good times to all,
Anthony Wayne Pettus