Just announced from Dark Horse, the original 21 issue run of TALES OF THE BEANWORLD will be collected into a single 608-page softcover volume in June 2018 as BEANWORLD OMNIBUS VOLUME 1. These are the stories previously collected in hardcover as WAHOOLAZUMA and A GIFT COMES, and a bargain a $25, compared to $40 for the hardcovers.
More details from Dark Horse here, including the curious decision to classify the genre as “Horror, Fantasy”. I guess that invasion that led to the Bone Zone is pretty horrific.
Now available in various forms for your reading pleasure, BEANWORLD VOL 4 : HOKA HOKA BURB’L BURB’L. See the beginning of the Summer cycle in the Beanworld, flashbacks to an origin story hinted at in an early issue, multiple stages in the evolution of the Beanworld (which hopefully won’t take anywhere near as long to continue with Vol. 5).
Just to update the previous post, BEANWORLD VOL 4 : HOKA HOKA BURB’L BURB’L is now scheduled to come out in July, 2017.
The most peculiar comic book experience returns in an all-new volume–Beanworld Volume 4: Hoka Hoka Burb’l Burb’l! The Boom’r Band coaxes a new healing power out of Chow, leading to a visit from Dreamishness’s relatives–the Windy Songsterinos–who bring their gift of rain. The storm causes great changes to Mr. Spook, Beanish and the Pod’l’pool Cuties. Marder’s deceptively simple artwork illustrates a self-contained ecological fantasy realm with its own unique rules and lingo. Beanworld has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for more than a generation, earning a spot on the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List.
Sorry there hasn’t been much posting here in a while. That might change soon.
In the meantime, quick notice that today (Dec 1, 2014) Dark Horse has a half price sale on their whole digital catalog, including the three volumes of Beanworld:
(doesn’t look like the colour “3.5” is available digitally yet). Hop on quick if you’re interested.
A GIFT COMES, the second Beanworld collection collecting the second half of the original run, is now available digitally from Dark Horse for $13, to be read in your web or through the available apps for Android or Apple’s iOS. For those who prefer print, it’s still available in that format as well.
Spent the day at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), which included Larry Marder as a guest. For the sketch exchange, I brought in my interpretation of Mr. Teach’m, with a maple twist. Here’s Larry Marder with my sketch and the one I got in exchange. Saw a lot of other neat sketches that he got from others, they’ll show up here in time, I’m sure.
And since I was bored earlier, here’s a coloured version of my sketch that I did the other day.
I also supplied Larry with some genuine Canadian grown lima beans to transform into genuine Beanworld Action Figures. In exchange, I got a full set of the 8 figures, including the coveted “Battle Damage” variant. Here they are with some vintage cloisonne pins.
Great time was had overall, with a lot of great artists available for signing, sketching and selling their books. Larry and the rest will be there all day tomorrow, drop by if you can.
This page of Beanish and his then-unnamed muse Dreamishness, along with a bio of Marder and offer for a free comic (offer presumably no longer valid, certainly the address is way out of date) appeared in THE INDEPENDENT COMIC BOOK SAMPLER #2 , published during the Ninja Turtles fueled black and white boom of the era, as you can see from the cover below, and including several dozen other cartoonists of the era.
Thanks, as usual, to Shield Bonnichsen for providing the scan and the publishing info for this hard-to-find book.