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Beanish and his then-unnamed muse Dreamishness, along with a bio of Marder and offer for a free comic (offer presumably no longer valid, certainly the address is way out of date) appeared in THE INDEPENDENT COMIC BOOK SAMPLER #2 , published during the Ninja Turtles fueled black and white boom of the era, as you can see from the cover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.
Another entry courtesy of the Shield Bonnichsen collection of Beanworld obscurities, this page of a Bean under the mistaken impression that he’s cool appeared in a mini-comic called BAD ATTITUDES which was published for the 1986 San Diego Comic-Con.
In the early days of the 21st Century comics made a partial transition to a digital format of “the internets” from their prior format almost exclusively on “the paper”. It was in this format that Larry Marder’s Beanworld returned after a gap of over a decade, with a story appearing in MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS #14 [September 2008], a revival of the long running anthology comic from Dark Horse appearing on the social network MySpace.
The 8-page story, “? and !”, serves as both an introduction to some of the main concepts of the Beanworld and a continuation of the tale as we left it so long ago. Proffy and Beanish star, as they take advantage of a Goof-Off Day to go looking for some Slats that Proffy needs in the Four Realities, and Beanish takes the opportunity to try out some thinking he’s been doing on her, about how the Realities appear to be a finite resource. As anyone who knows her would expect, these new ideas set Proffy pondering, though the problem is clearly much more than can be solved in 8 pages.
I’m just so happy to see some new Beanworld again that I can’t really judge this objectively, but I can say that it feels right, a comfortable continuation of the tales clearly leading in a new direction. The colour (now being done by Marder himself) works much better than the previous experiment in colour Beanworld comics, and Marder’s adaptation of new computer drawing methods (as seen in posts on his blog) fits well.
And of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, the next few months should see details of multiple new and reprint Beanworld projects, both on “the paper” and “the internet”.
Back here I linked to an auction for the original art to a bizarre jam piece by Larry Marder, David Tosh, Denis Kitchen, Don Simpson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Stokes and Mark David Dietz. Thanks to friend of the blog Shield Bonnichsen, I now have some images from the publication of that story “Turn Left at the Light” in HEY #7.
First, the Marder panel in question:
And the full page it appears on, and the Crumb tribute cover by David Tosh (click for full sized images, nudity and language warnings apply):
Look for some more rarities provided by Shield in the future.