Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WonderCon, Wahoolazuma Book Launch, and a Secret Sketch!

Last night, over on Facebook, I got a Wall Note from Dave Naybor of Casablanca Comics in Portland, ME: "The book looks great! I'm gonna have a blast selling this tomorrow!!"
Thanks for the confirmation of its shipping, Dave!

So...."Wahoolazuma! is going to go on sale today wherever Dark Horse Comics are sold.

This is good news, because it means that "Wahoolazuma!" will be on sale at WonderCon. I'm sure most of the more "enlightened retailers" will have copies on hand and I'm told Dark Horse will have copies for sale too. I won't have copies of the book on sale at my table. But I will have back issues of the original runs of TOTB and other leguminous oddities and collectibles with me in Artist's Alley.

What kind of oddities?
Well, you will just have to wander by and see.
Some you will never seen or heard of before!

Schedule of Larry Marder/Beanworld events:

Friday, FEBRUARY 27
5-6 pm
Dark Horse Booth
I'll be putting my signature on the new signing plate featuring the above image--the cover illo to "A Gift Comes!" This is the hardcover that will go on sale in the summer.

Friday, FEBRUARY 27
6:30-7:30 pm
ROOM 236/238
Larry Marder: The Beanworld Is Back! Legendary Beanworld creator, Larry Marder, is front and center in his first solo WonderCon panel ever! Learn how beans have been part of Marder's life since the day he was born! The rich visual presentation covers the entire history of his peculiar fantasy dimension including 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. Hear all the details about Marder's many up-coming Beanworld projects including a first glimpse at his original Beanworld graphic novel on sale this fall!

This is an up-dated version of the presentation I gave last year at Stumptown and ComicCon. I'll be talking about "Remember Here When You Are There!"

CBLDF Drink & Draw Welcome Party
Friday, February 27

7:00 - 10 pm
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
111 Minna Gallery
San Francisco, CA

The Rev. Dave Johnson, co-founder of the Drink & Draw Social Club will be presiding over a host of incredible artists including Spain Rodriguez, Paul Mavrides, Erik Larsen, David Mack, Jill Thompson, Charlie Wylie, Brian Azzarello, Larry Marder, Richard Starkings, Moritat, Ivan Brandon & more!

This party will also feature a special raffle to benefit the recovery of Underground Comix legend S. Clay Wilson.

$5 suggested donation for CBLDF members; $10 suggested donation for non-members.
The party is sponsored by Image Comics and Last Gasp of San Francisco.

Saturday FEBRUARY 28
5:30-6:30 pm
Dark Horse Booth

I'll be putting my signature on the new signing plate featuring the above image--the cover illo to "A Gift Comes!" This is the hardcover that will go on sale in the summer.

Oh, and if you have a copy of "Wahoolazuma" for me to sign?
Come to my table, or one of my signings, and take Big Fish's advice!


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to go into my comic store and by the first HC collection. I never buy collections of single issues I already have, but for TOTB I'm making an exception. I'm looking forward to the new material in coming months!

Dvandom said...

Diamond decided that Beanworld vol 1 was one of the several books they wouldn't bother selling to my store this week. :(

Anonymous said...

Pff... When I picked up my copy today Dave wasn't even at Casablanca yet. Lazy, lazy, lazy.

The book looks great. I've only read to issue 3 but remember it all as if it was 20 years ago. Bring on v.2!

SeeSome said...

Whoolazuma indeed!

My shop (Million Year Picnic in Cambridge, Mass.) only got a couple of copies so I checked to make sure they were reordering before I took one. It's just as important for me to have people see this on the shelf as it is for me to own one.

This will make reading the stories to my daughter a lot easier. But how can I get a "Secret Sketch" from all of the way across the country :-(

Anonymous said...

My almost-5 year old (whom I call "Baby Bean") has become a big fan of Beanworld over the past 4 months or so, almost as big a fan as myself. She's inherited most of my Beanworld collection, and will get the rest for her birthday next month.

Here are some pictures of her asleep in the car last month holding her latest treasured item:


(The hardcover looks great, BTW!)

Anonymous said...

Larry - I just bought Wahoolazuma! This edition looks beautiful. While I have the original issues, I'm so happy to be able to support the return of Beanworld by purchasing this hardcover and the upcoming one. I'm very much looking forward to the new material - I was one of those people who would intermittently Google "new Beanworld?" for the past 15 years hoping to hear news of your return. When I found out more was coming, I couldn't stop smiling for an hour. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

It's here!
It's here!
The book is here!

The book is here!

Looks great, Larry. I ordered an extra copy so I can donate it to the local public library's graphic novel collection.

Anonymous said...

Got my copy at Comix Revolution in Mt. Prospect on Saturday. It made me start looking for all my cool, weird Beanworld stuff I've accumulated over the years. I'll send a photo soon.

Congrats, Larry!

Anonymous said...

I so would have asked for a secret sketch. Alas.
I went to the comics shop on Saturday. The bad news is, they were sold out of Beanworld.
The good news is, they were sold out of Beanworld!! The store manager told me he'd had half a dozen copies, and they all sold out, so he's ordered more. He said the holiday special really helped him sell the book. So I have to wait a few more weeks for Wahoolazuma, but it was actually really great to hear that the book is selling so well. Now if I can only figure out how to get a secret sketch...

Anonymous said...

Larry, maybe you have covered this elsewhere, but i was wondering if you had plans to collect material from the little-seen ashcans and things like back up strips like the solo Proffy adventure from the early issues in one of the hardcovers?

SeeSome said...

If I recall correctly, Proffy's solo adventure among the hoi-polloi is reprinted in the new hardcover as a regular story slipped in between some of the issues.

As for the ashcans:
Beanworld Zero was a rough for issue 20 so the full version of it should be in the Vol 2 hardcover this summer.
The Worst of Heyoka was not a story but random sketches.
Hungry? and Professor Garbanzo's Joy Ride were both drafts of parts of the unpublished Beanworld story titled "Remember Here When You Are There!" which Larry has said should be coming out in November as volume three of the new hardcover set (this is the story he had previously referred to as "Float Force").
The just leaves While We Were Eating!, which was a reprint of a story he did for the comic Asylum. Since that story was said to be a prequel to "Float Force," it wouldn't surprise me if it ended up being reprinted in Vol. 3 as well.

Unknown said...

It has been ages since I was this excited about a new book - and this is from someone who worked in a comic shop for many years!

And... a new book of (mostly? all? I don't even care) old material!

Also very much looking forward to the final issues finally being collected (and the ashcans? one-shot thingies?).

Beanworld feels truly magical in a very powerful way that wore off for most things post-childhood.

In other words:
YAY YAY YAY! The TOTB HC is finally here in my hands!

Thank you!

Larry Marder said...

The Big Fish's advice is an open ended offer for "Wahoolazuma" owners.