Monday, August 8, 2011
According to Mark Evanier, today is the 50th anniversary of the first issue of Fantastic Four appearing in the newsstands. And as fas as I'm concerned, if Mark says it's so: it's so.
I thought I'd celebrate the day by drawing the above.
When an earlier version first appeared on the cover of Tales of the Beanworld #19 twenty years ago in 1991, I asked my then-editor at Eclipse Comics, catherine yronwode, if she thought Marvel Comics might object to it being on the cover of my book.
She laughed and said something like "Larry these isn't a soul in Marvel's editorial offices that can even see that it's a parody of the Fantastic Four, let alone object to it!" Which I found out to be true.
I'm pretty sure it isn't true today!
Anyway, regardless of what happened over the last 50 years with Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby, good and bad, today is a day to celebrate all of the good things the FF brought into my life through the adventures of Reed, Sue, Johnny & Ben.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
8" x 10" black & white drawing in 11' x 14" hand decorated frame.
For the third year in a row, I answered the call from Things From Another World aka TFAW to participate in their CBLDF Auction Fundraiser. It's a lot of fun and for a good cause.
But, me being me, I like to take a simple idea and make it even more fun!
Check out these accounts of what I did with my 500 TFAW cards in years past: 2009 and 2o10.
In a nutshell, I submit artwork that is "incomplete."
TFAW turns it into a card and gives me a boatload to use however I like.
I use these cards all year 'round everywhere I go--show appearances, signings, and other things in between.
A "finished" TFAW card is something more than a signing card but also something less than an original drawing.
At my Dark Horse Comics signing at Comic-Con on Sunday, the PR & marketing gang on site-at the moment figured out a great way to use TFAW cards to their full potential.
Under the guidance of Melissa Richardson, Amy Huey, and an incredibly enthusiastic intern who I was introduced to as (I think) Noel, who was out braving the traffic in the aisles hawking and handing out TFAW cards to the passing hordes. He artfully convinced them to stand in a very long rope line to get their sketch card from someone who most of them had never heard of.
I, of course, failed to take any pictures, but I could see the folks in line, looking at their cards, wondering what was going to happen to it when finally they reached me.
The table was elevated so the little kids could barely see over it as they handed me their card.
I'd take a good look at each individual by making solid eye contact for a second or two and right then and there I'd sketch the additions to the card that I felt like this stranger might appreciate the most.
I got a lot of smiles. so I think my batting average was pretty good. I drew on so many cards that my hand hurt afterwards and that hardly ever happens to me. I can usually sketch all day long.
I'm very appreciative that the DH crew assigned to oversee my signing understood me and the Beanworld so well and was able to make something so memorable for all involved happen on the spur of the moment.
I often get asked,"I wasn't at Comic-Con--how can I score myself a TFAW card?"
At all other cons I generally I have my trusty CBLDF can on the table and for a let-your-conscience-be-your-guide donation to the Fund you can walk away with your very own "Almost Original Piece of Art." Same with signings on behalf of CBLDF. Only at Dark Horse signings can you get one for free!
It's a grand tradition that TFAW started!
You can take a gander at the TFAW cards I drew and made their way home with me starting here.
And, hey, if you have a personalized TFAW card of your own that you'd like to see added the galleries--send a scan along to me at larrymarder (at) gmail (dot) com.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The last artist on earth to join deviantart.com?
That would be me.
Because I was do impressed with deviant art.com's under-reported sponsorship of Artist's Alley at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, I decided to join and give it a go.
"Created for a mini comic to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in honor of Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. The project never left the launching pad and I've been wondering what to do with this seemingly out-of-continuty Beanworld illustration ever since. It seemed like a good piece for my first upload onto deviantart.com"
I pretty much feel like I'm the last cartoonist on the planet to sign up there.as there are already a zillion artists on the site but there seem to be a gazillion more eyeballs poking around on it.
How it will differ from other spots online that show my art--I dunno.
We'll all find out together, I reckon.