for making it look exactly like it is supposed to look.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
So was I crazy?
Sorry, no can do.
Some related links well worth checking out:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
4:00–5:00 Spotlight on Jeff Smith—Join APE special guest Jeff Smith (BONE, RASL) for a Q&A session discussing current/future projects and more! Moderated by indie comic creator Larry Marder (Beanworld).
You do not want to miss any of this!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I must be crazy!
Come by my table at Baltimore Comic-Con
for a genuine Marder-drawn, signed original sketch
Only one trade-in per person allowed.
If your drawing contains more than one character,
you must decide which single character you'd like as your trade-in sketch.
After the drawing exchange I can post your sketch in the
And it would be nice if I could get a snapshot of you and your art too.
that will be available at my table.
Larry Marder's Beanworld
16 page sneak preview while supplies last!
Look-See Library Series
Color prints limited to a series of 10.
8 1/2" x 11" on natural card stock.
Numbered and signed by the Artist Includes a Certificate of Legumination
Ashcan ComicsLow run, limited edition ashcan comics.
"Hungry" and "Professor Garbanzo's Joy Ride"contain early pencil drafts
of sequences that turn up in "Remember Here When You Are There!"
Cute Collectible Cards Cute Collectible Cards
Color prints of your favorite Beanworld characters on white card stock.
5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Supplies are dwindling fast!
Beanworld Orphan Art
in a multitude of sizes, shapes, colors, papers, and prices.
It's always worth a conversation!
All product prices are reasonable and will be posted on site.
up for adoption at Comic Book Legal Defense Fund booth # 1912.
It's a very worthy cause to support.
Friday, October 2, 2009
One of the reasons I loved being the creator of Beanworld is because sometimes I'm fortunate to get the opportunity to meet people who love Beanworld as much as I loved the work of cartoonists work when was a kid and finding my way around in the Realm-Of-Stuff-To-Think-About.
Not too long ago, I received an email from a Facebook friend, John Scrudder. John wrote that he had recently given "the softcover books of Beanworld 1-4 to my seven year old daughter, Meghan after I saw that a teacher was using them in her classroom. She stayed up until 3:30 in the morning apparently (she woke me up at this hour to announce the Pod'l Pool Cuties were her favorite characters.)
To my absolute delight, John and his daughter, Meghan, made the 3 1/2 hour trek up from Indiana so Meghan could meet the man who knows the Pod'l'pool Cuties, Beanish and Dreamishness personally.
Whenever I meet a kid that young who is as thoroughly plugged into Beanworld as John's daughter is, it's about as gratifying an experience as I can ever hope for as a cartoonist.
My day, however, started out doing some classroom guest lecturing at North Shore Country Day School.
Upper School: Art I Class
Here I am with faculty member, Kate Puccia, and her students.
I gave my Comic-Con presentation which covers my life, my influences, the Beanworld process, and some play-by-play analysis of the decisions I made writing and drawing pages of
the Beanworld Color Holiday Special.
It was a thrill to be doing my thing in the same giant bullpen art studio classroom that I spent so many days inside of during high school.
NSCDS had a progressive art program four decades ago
and I was delighted to see that it's still cutting edge today.
Under the guidance of of teacher, Alex Gutierrez, they just happened to be studying story boarding and animation .
It's a talk that I first gave in the early '90s. I've tinkered and updated it over the years, incorporated (nice word for swiped) some key points made by Scott McCloud in Understanding Comics and transfered it into PowerPoint. I finished the talk by walking the class through the Myspace Dark Horse Presents story.
Cold, persistent autumnal rain that had all the freeways, ooops, I mean expressways bumper-to-bumper packed.
In addition to FREE Beanworld Action Figures, the store had bowls of Jelly Beans and Boston Baked Beans out to snack on. (And I admit, I ate my share!)
A lot of fun.
From left to right back row: Vince Smith, Shawn Campbell, Mike Valdez,
Chris"Joe King" Ecker, Larry Marder, Gary "Moondog" Colabuono, Jim Mortensen
From left to right front row: Sue Flaim Laz, Andrea Goldberg
My thanks to Nancy Whiteman and Cathy Thompson for making sure my NSCDS functions went of with nary a hitch and Kate Puccia and Alex Gutierrez for letting me interrupt their classrooms. Additional thanks to Eric Kirsammer, Eric Thornton, and the entire gang at Chicago Comics for their hospitality and enthusiasm.
And an extra special thanks for putting up with the Moondog's Comicland alumni invasion!
And thanks to Gary and the gang!