First, sorry for the long gap in posting.
To catch up on the big news, the colour Beanworld hardcover TALES OF THE BEANWORLD is scheduled to come out in July, featuring the Asylum stories, a few other rarities and some new stuff.
And BEANWORLD BOOK 1: WAHOOLAZUMA is now available digitally from Dark Horse. You can check out a preview of the first 25 pages and then buy the whole 275 page book for $12.99 if that’s your thing. Presumably the next two books will follow in short order.
Larry Marder has just announced the upcoming as-yet-unscheduled TALES OF THE BEANWORLD collection of various colour Beanworld pieces, along with some new material, which will lead directly into Book 4, hence the unofficial “3.5” label. Couple of clues in the image links in the post.
Congratulations to Larry Marder, now President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Don’t forget to check out the Marder-edited LIBERTY COMICS #3, coming out in a few months.
FRACTURED FABLES, an anthology comic published by Image and including a non-Beanworld Larry Marder story, is now available.
And it’s just been announced that Larry Marder is going to be the editor of this year’s issue of LIBERTY COMICS, a benefit book for the CBLDF, and it will include a story called “Why We Fight”, featuring some of the Beanworld characters (but out of Beanworld continuity).
Scott McCloud turned 50 recently, and among the things he got was a birthday card from Larry Marder that he shares over here.
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.
A reminder that Larry Marder will be attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, May 8-9 2010. The programming schedule includes this:
The Leguminous History of Larry Marder & The Beanworld
Saturday, May 8th, 2:15 – 3:15pm, Novella Room
Learn how beans have been part of Larry Marder’s life since the day he was born! The rich visual presentation covers the entire history of his peculiar fantasy dimension including discussion about Marder’s many influences. This is your opportunity to discover why Beanworld has captivated readers from grade school to grad school since its first publication as a series of comic books in the 1980s. Now Beanworld is at Dark Horse Comics entertaining an entire new generation of fans. Be the first to get a glimpse into Marder’s next original Beanworld graphic novel Something More!
Which is obviously a must-attend for Beanworld fans. And obviously readers of Larry Marder’s blog know the usual things about saying the magic words, or trading in your art, and of course there should be: