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Strnad & Corben’s “To Meet the Faces You Meet”: The Movie

In 1972, Kitchen Sink Enterprises published and distributed Fever Dreams, an underground, fantasy comic that included two stories written by Jan Strnad: “The Unicorn Quest,” with art by John Adkins Richardson and “To Meet the Faces You Meet,” with art by the now-legendary Richard Corben. Flash forward forty-eight years — years that delivered to comics fans numerous first-rate Strnad/Corben comics collaborations — and we are now on the cusp of having a high-quality, feature-length, hybrid live-action/animated movie adaptation of “To Meet the Faces You Meet” to enjoy. But this isn’t just any adaptation, it’s an adaption with a script by J. Allen Williams of Parallax Studio, and the man himself, Jan Strnad, that is actually inspired by and respectful of Corben’s conceptual designs, and what’s more, Williams, who is the director and producer of the movie as well as a co-writer, has welcomed the input of Strnad and Corben at every stage of the production.

Page scanned from the original comic. Compare with
the cleaned up version posted below
that will appear in the Kickstarter-exclusive reprint
of “To Meet the Faces You Meet.”

As his fans are undoubtedly aware, Corben has, from the beginning of his career as an artist, had an abiding interest in animation, and has himself produced a variety of short films over the years, the most ambitious of which were the animated short film, Neverwhere (1968), which included the earliest appearance of Den and won several awards, and The Dark Planet (1989), an anthology that included “The Tower of Blood” and “Relief Station.” In addition, in 1981, Corben’s Neverwhere graphic novel was adapted to the big screen as a sequence in the film “Heavy Metal,” and in 2012, his story, “King’s Crown,” was adapted for the TV series, Metal Hurlant Chronicles. And now Corben has given his blessing to the forthcoming movie adaptation of “To Meet the Faces You Meet.”

Why am I telling you this? Because, although the animation for the film is complete, and the lead character, MEAD, voiced by Patton Oswalt, has been recorded, Parallax still has work to do. Actors need to be hired for the lead human parts and their performances, filmed and combined with the animation. Now, I have no doubt that the film will, no matter what, eventually be completed, but the fact is, the more money Parallax has, the more leeway they will have to hire experienced actors who best embody the characters. And that is why, on 09 May 2020, the studio created a Kickstarter campaign for their movie.

To learn about the campaign, which includes a variety of levels and rewards, you should visit Parallax’s official “To Meet the Faces You Meet” Kickstarter page. Corben fans, however, should know that, while everyone who contributes to the campaign will get their name in the credits of the movie and in a special-edition comic, other reward possibilities include 1) a Blu-Ray of the completed film, 2) a special, oversized, Kickstarter-exclusive edition of “To Meet the Faces You Meet” with the original Fever Dreams cover art and masthead, 3) a 12.5 x 18 inch print of the original Fever Dreams cover art and masthead, and more!

Size comparison between
the Kickstarter-exclusive reprint (left)
and the original comic (right).
Page from the Kickstarter-exclusive reprint
of “To Meet the Faces You Meet.” Compare with
same page scanned from the original comic
that appears earlier in this post.
Fever Dreams poster.

As a Corben fan myself, I selfishly hope that you, dear reader, will seriously consider supporting this project, because the fact is, I want the film, I want the oversized, remastered reprint of “To Meet the Faces You Meet,” and I want the poster of that cover.

And last but not least, I want comics fans to support the “fever dreams” of two legendary creators: Jan Strnad and Richard Corben!

For if they feel the love, who can say what dreams may come?!

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Mutant World and Son of Mutant World

On Kickstarter right now:

“A hardback, collector’s edition of two graphic novels for mature readers. Full-color, 160 letter-sized pages, with bonus material. Out of print for more than thirty years, this is the definitive edition. Written by Richard Corben and Jan Strnad, illustrated by Richard Corben.”

This edition marks the first time that all five episodes of “Son of Mutant World” will be published in English in full colour on high-quality paper. The story is being re-coloured for the occasion by Richard’s daughter Beth Corben Reed, who has been a long-time collaborator with her father.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 16 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/janstrnad/mutant-world-and-son-of-mutant-world

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 9 September 2017

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On Saturday 09 September 2017 at 12:00 noon CST, fifteen pages of original comic art and a painting by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

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Five of the black-and-white comics pages in the September sale are from Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse, 2008-2009), five are from Corben and Strnad’s Denz (Penthouse Comix, 1996-97), and five are from Corben and Strnad’s Son of Mutant World (Fantagor Press, 1990). The painting, Air Battle, was produced in 1985 for a role-playing game. The Conan pages were drawn with Sharpie pens and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore bristol paper; the Denz pages, with Sharpie pens and Pigma pens on 12 x 16 inch Strathmore bristol paper; and the Son of Mutant World pages, with markers, Sharpie pens, Pigma pens, and pencil tones, on 12 x 16 inch Bainbridge paper. Air Battle was painted in acrylic and oil on 19 x 30 inch composition board.

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The small scans that are on the Corben website right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday 09 September 2017 at 12:00 noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 8 April 2017

On Saturday 08 April 2017 at 12:00 noon CST, sixteen pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

Three of the pages (including the cover of issue #2) in the April sale are from Cage (Marvel, 2002), five are from Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse, 2008-2009), three are from Corben and Strnad’s Denz (Penthouse Comix, 1996), and the remaining five are from Corben and Strnad’s Son of Mutant World #1 (Fantagor Press, 1990). All of the pages have been drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pens on Strathmore Bristol paper.

The small scans that are on the Corben website right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday 08 April 2017 at 12:00 noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 19 November 2016

I’m a bit late with this, but here goes…

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On Saturday 19 November 2016 at 12:00 noon CST — tomorrow! — eleven pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

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Six of the pages in the November sale are from Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil (Dark Horse, 2010), while the other five pages are from Margopoulos and Corben’s ten-page comics adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Sleeper,” first published in Haunt of Horror #1 (Marvel, July 2006).

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The small scans that are on the Corben website right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday 19 November 2016 at 12:00 noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.

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Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 20 August 2016

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On Saturday 20 August 2016 at 12:00 noon CST, ten pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

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All seven of the interior comics pages in the August sale are from Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil (Dark Horse, 2010). The sale also includes Corben’s cover for Hellboy: Being Human (Dark Horse, 2011) and two unused promotional covers, one each for the abandoned projects Eram (2007) and Horror in the Pit, a.k.a., From the Pit #3 (2005).

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The small scans that are on the Corben website right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 12:00 noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 13 February 2016

On Saturday 13 February 2016 at 12:00 noon CST, twenty-one pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

Ten of the pages in the February sale are from the story, “Hellboy in Mexico (Or, a Drunken Blur),” aka “Camazotz,” first printed in Hellboy #46 (Dark Horse, 2010), while the other eleven are from Corben’s own Murky World one shot (Dark Horse, 2012).

According to the Corben website, all of the pages are drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore paper, with the Murky World pages having additional rendering in “graphite pencil.”

The small scans that are on the Corben website right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday 13 February 2016 at 12:00 noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Connections · Frank Frazetta · Illustration Art

Connections: Frazetta and Maren

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Dig the fancy bladework of the attacker in Maren’s painting!


BONUS IMAGES:

Keywords: The Black Star by Lin Carter, Frank Frazetta, Conan, Maren, Mariano Pérez Clemente.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Frank Frazetta · Illustration Art · Look Here

Look Here: LOST ON VENUS and two others with cover art by Frazetta

More cover scans today, all of paperbacks in my personal library:

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Keywords: Lost on Venus, Beyond the Farthest Star, The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs; Frank Frazetta.