Don't forget--I'll be at SPX this weekend!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Don't forget--I'll be at SPX this weekend!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center across from the White Flint Metro Station
Show Hours: Saturday 11:00am - 7:00 pm
Sunday noon - 6:00pm
Weekend Admission $15.00
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
As I've written many times before, one of my favorite blogs is BibliOdyssey. Yet again, here is a really good example of why I am so fond of Pecay's site.
The illo above is the back cover to an amazing little pop culture artifact titled "Wrigley's Mother Goose introducing the Sprightly Spearmen."
All 24 pages plus the covers are on the Iowa Digital Library site and it is quite a happy, fun-filled read. According to the indicia date on the cover it was published in 1915.
William Wrigley hardly invented chewing gum, but he really perfected the marketing of it. After stubbing his toe with his first two flavors "Lotta" and"Vassar" he hit the mother lode with "Juicy Fruit" in 1893 and "Spearmint" in 1894. "Doublemint" was launched in 1914. Wrigley had the vision to understand that the future of consumer good was in "branded products. "
He strongly believed in the power of advertising. He promoted his gum through the use of advertisements that emphasized the benefits of chewing Wrigley's gums. He touted its freshness, that it was packaged in a sanitary package, that it stimulated the appetite, aided digestion, and just generally gave you pep. His advertisng credo was "Tell 'em quick and tell 'em often."
Wrigley's Mother Goose booklets were so popular, that the theme was continued for over a decade, migrating into magazine ads during the '20s.
If anyone thinks that manufacturers advertising their products directly into the paths of children's consciousness is some sort of contemporary phenomenon--think again. This is a tried and true formula and it has never really gone away. It just ebbs and flows.
The Sprightly Spearmen are my kind of advertising critters!
Also don't forget to make sure that your favorite Dark Horse Comics retailer orders plenty of:
Larry Marder's Beanworld: Wahoolazuma!
Beanworld Holiday Special
"Tell 'em quick and tell 'em often!"
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This "blue pencil" layout sketch is a detail of what currently is page 38 of next year's all new graphic novel "Remember Here When You Are There."
This will be a black and white companion to the two hardcover reboot volumes--the first being "Wahoolazuma!"
As you will see in the color Beanworld Holiday Special, the Pod'l'pool Cuties are growing up fast, and they will experience quite a maturity spurt within the story arc of the new graphic novel.
Friday, September 19, 2008
It's linked in every entertainment blog by now, but I first read it in today's LA TIMES while drinking my first cup of java. It's a smoking piece about Alan Moore by Geoff Boucher.
Spurge has a really great critique of the piece and Alan's positions stated in it.
I really can't add much more to that, but, having spent time on both sides of the fence over the years, I agree that Alan's opinions really are well worth considering.
I do look forward to viewing The Mindscape of Alan Moore when I have opportunity to do so.
I only met Alan once, when he came to Comic Con in 1985 in the midst of the Miracleman launch brouhaha--the details of which I'd long forgotten but this article refreshed my memory. It was my first Comic-Con. I was a bit overwhelmed by it's size and pace (which is quite funny in hindsight, considering how incredibly small it was then compared to now!)
But I met Alan Moore right before, during, or after he signed the certificates. He knew that I'd created the Miracleman ads for Eclipse and he complimented me on them. Then he blew me away, by saying some amazingly kind and incredibly insightful words about Beanworld.
He even offered to write a back-up story for me which, really quite honestly, left me speechless. I'll be frank, I never would have taken him up on the offer. Hell, I only had two issues of TOTB under my belt at that point and I was scared to death he might see something in Beanworld that I'd totally overlooked and freak me out into a state of absolute paralysis.
My other conversations with Alan were on the phone. In 1993, at the tail end of my tenure at Moondog's, I did a bunch of freelance ad work for Jim Valentino's studio, Shadowline, for the marketing of 1963. I remember that I had a lot of fun writing and designing these ads. I'm sure others had input in them, I don't really remember the details. (Jimmy V and I have been best pals for almost 25 years--but when it comes to remembering who did what in almost anything we collaborated on--we both tend to remember that me, not the other guy, did most of it. I kid you not. At this point, I think we both find it funny, and in most cases, beyond confirmation anyway.)
These ads definitely were links in the chain of events that eventually landed me in the Executive Director position at Image Comics. After I arrived at Image, I talked sporadically to Alan on the phone about various things he was working on in the Image pipeline. He worked on books for Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, and Jim Lee and I think I got into various bits of the marketing that I needed his point of view on--something like that.
But the best thing was something indirect--I will never forget listening to his verbal synopsis of his graphic novel WarChild he created for Rob Liefeld. It was a dystopian retelling of the Arthurian mythos done in a crazed version of LA. When he got to the center of the mythos, which was that "Arthur puts the sword back into the stone" I swear my hair stood on end, it was such an engrossing tale.
The first script was amazing. Every artist that tried pencilling it choked. As far as I can tell, it was never produced and I haven't a clue as to what happened to it or who owns it.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Until today, I was unaware of the Mongolian Death Worm. I'm not sure how this critter evaded my attention all these years.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
BEANWORLD HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Larry Marder (W/A)
FC, 24pg, One-shot, $3.50
On sale Dec 17
Monday, September 15, 2008
Well, today is also the exact one year anniversary of the day I parted company with the McFarlane empire.
Beanworld has found a happy home at Dark Horse.
And here is how it can start.
The solicitations for two Beanworld projects now in the pipeline.
Bug your friendly neighborhood comic book retailer to order these projects and make sure you ask for them at your favorite bookstore.
LARRY MARDER’S BEANWORLD BOOK 1: WAHOOLAZUMA!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
It's up! Our long Beanworld drought is over!
What's that word again? Oh yeah...Wahoolazuma!!!
great story! i remember years ago the topic of recycling came up in TOTB lettercols and it's exciting to see the idea come up organically in the story. I am so excited to see more! What an amazing pleasure to finally read a new Beanworld story again after so long!
Poor Proffy! Acetone hasn't been invented yet. Perhaps the Boomers can change their tune a bit...Also, what happens to the spears that the Beans leave behind in the Hoi-Polloi? Once they are pulled out and discarded, do they wind up in Der Stinkle?The Fix-It Shop appears to be growing. It now has a curl on top like the Cuties. I don't know if this counts as a clue.
Your observations are always right on the money!
My favorite sequence is Proffy's pondering leading to revelation leading to the realization that their were holes in her reasoning.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The little 8 page romp through the Beanworld is up online as part of MDHP Issue 14.
The story "? and !" is a bit of a teaser as it lays down a more than a few few hints and clues to trends that will become increasingly important in the unfolding continuity of future Beanworld stories.
Some of it directly leads into the Beanworld Color Holiday Special (that at the moment seems to be titled "Every Cutie Deserves a Toy.")
Other notions will unfold in next years 250 page original black and white graphic novel "Remember Here When You Are There." And even a couple more seeds that will sprout in the following graphic novel.
The Beanworld MySpace page is up and running!
Last Friday, I woke up from sleep and slapped my forehead and said " (Expletive deleted)! The Beanworld MDHP story is going up next week. I need a MySpace page FAST!"
To my rescue came my pal, Jeff "JahFurry" Newelt, and his able designer, Maja. I think they made a totally wahoolazuma effort getting it together on incredibly short notice. We will be tinkering with it constantly in the days and weeks to come but I encourage all leguminous fans to become Beanworld's friend over at MySpace today!
I gotta back to the the drawing board...well the electronic tablet...well I gotta get back to BEANWORLD!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Beanworld, makes it web comic debut tomorrow on MDHP Issue 14 in the first original story published in any format in a decade .
Hey, I'M excited!