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:
There’s a non-Beanworld related story by Larry Marder coming out in July, titled “Troll Bridge”.
FRACTURED FABLES HC
story & art VARIOUS
cover MIKE & LAURA ALLRED
Some of the comic book industry’s best and brightest use their talents to welcome the next generation of comic book readers with the kid-friendly anthology, FRACTURED FABLES! Features all-new, humorous takes on our most beloved fairy tales, with stories by award-winning creators like JILL THOMPSON, BRYAN TALBOT, PETER DAVID, BEN TEMPLESMITH, TERRY MOORE, SCOTT MORSE, DOUG TENNAPEL, TED McKEEVER, BILL MORRISON, LARRY MARDER, JIM VALENTINO, PHIL HESTER, SHANNON WHEELER and many more!
A lot more preview pages over here. Some really good creators in there, should be an interesting book.
Action Figure Insider interviews Larry Marder as the first in a series of “Catching Up With…” interviews, mostly about the stuff he was doing in his long absence from the Beanworld.
Some Beanworld stuff in there:
FREE Beanworld Action figures have always been a great parody and marketing tool and will continue to be part of my convention set-up. Mass manufactured Beanworld toys….both in plastic and in plush would be a fun thing to do. At this point it doesn’t seem so much question of “if” but of “when.”
The Dark Horse Presents site on MySpace hosts a second Beanworld short story in the issue number 32, March 2010. Go over here for the 2-page story teasing the next phase in the Beanish/Dreamishness relationship.
(note if you have trouble with the MySpace site, as I often do, you can read the story over here)
Still over a year before we get to the next book, SOMETHING MORE, but remember there are regular teasers for it showing up on Larry Marder’s Blog.
A random look at panels and images from the Beanworld chronicles.
from page 30 of “Pod’l’Pool Past. Pod’l’Pool Present.” – TotB #10 
[page 36 of A GIFT COMES]
With those words, Beanish launched into the transforming event known as TOTAL ECLIPSE at the end of this story. Surprising how well that Beanish fit into that series and how it fit into Beanworld.