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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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Heads Up: IDYL – I’M AGE by Jeffrey Jones

Late to the party again… but life (and laziness!) gets in the way… anyway… last year, near the end of the summer, Donald M. Grant published the first-ever all-in-one collection of two comic strips by Jeffrey Jones: Idyl, which originally ran in National Lampoon in the 1970s, and I’m Age, which ran in Heavy Metal in the early 1980s.

I received my two hardcover copies of the collection in the autumn of 2015 — I ordered from Amazon.com as neither the hardcover nor the softcover edition was unavailable through Amazon.ca, although I suppose I could have ordered directly from the publisher, which would have netted me a complimentary copy of Jones’s cartoon book, It’s Garbage Coming — and now I’m here to let you know that I have one complaint and one concern about the book.

My complaint is that Grant has failed to include one of the I’m Age strips in the new collection and instead of going back to press to correct the error has been encouraging buyers to download a JPEG of the strip via a link on the order page, print it off at home, and slip it into the book, which I’ve done, of course, though I’m not happy about it. The overall number of strips is small. Was it really such a difficult task to create a complete, master list of strips and proofread the collection accordingly? Mistakes happen, sure. And yes, yes, going back to press to correct a publisher’s error (vs. a printer’s error) would have been prohibitively expensive. But COME ON!!!

My concern is that the introductory and other text in the collection completely ignores Jones’s struggle, in later years, to claim a more authentic identity for herself as a woman. No mention, even, of the name change from Jeffrey Jones to Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Now, Jeffrey Catherine Jones was, by all accounts, perfectly content to let her old friends continue to refer to her as Jeffrey, and of course, the major collection of her art published during her lifetime, with her participation, after she began her transition, bore the title, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art. Still, it seems wrong to me for Jones’s “friends” to act, now (or then), as though Jeffrey *Catherine* Jones never existed! The omission is especially egregious in George Pratt’s “Afterword,” which recounts an outing that was filmed, in part, by Maria Paz Cabardo for her documentary, Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones. If you’ve seen the footage, you know very well what I’m talking about!

In fact, I think a strong case could be made that, far from being irrelevant to the strips, Jones’s ongoing gender-identity struggle was central to them. Pity that neither Jones’s publisher nor her friends were ready, willing, or able to imagine the possibility!

Anyway, I do love the work. And I do recommend the book, because the sad fact is, it’s the only game in town if you want to have two of Jones’s three major comic strips available in your non-virtual library in a convenient format at a reasonable cost.

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Heads Up: THE BUS 2 by Paul Kirchner

Received notice directly from Tanibis the other day — hey, look at me, kids! I’m in the loop! — that a second hardcover volume of Paul Kirchner’s the bus strips (56 pages, black and white) will be available in November of this year. Since I obviously haven’t seen a copy yet — although I have, of course, pre-ordered — here’s the publisher’s description, cut and pasted from Amazon.ca:

During the years 1974 to 1986, after working as an assistant to Wally Wood, Paul Kirchner created several comic strips such as Dope Rider for High Times magazine and the bus for Heavy Metal. In 2012, French publishing house Tanibis published an anthology of the bus strips that was nominated at the Angoulême International comics festival, proving that even a 30-year old public transportation vehicle can take part in a Grand Prix.

In 2013, Paul Kirchner surprised commuters when he decided to start working again on the bus. He fixed the old vehicle up, took it out of the garage and called its iconic passenger in the white overcoat back on duty, waiting to be taken on new, exotic adventures. The bus’ unpredictable personality causes him to mimic classic pop culture icons such as King-Kong or Steve Martin while in turn analyzing or teleporting his passenger. And that’s only when it’s not cheating on him with other commuters.

Kirchner’s new ideas are on par with the original strips, proving that his creativity didn’t end with the 80’s. The crazy cartoon logic of the original strips is still present, and wackiness is the norm. Some details, such as the so-called “smart” phones or the passengers’ looks, root the stories in the 21st century, but Paul Kirchner’s universe retains a timeless vintage aesthetic that blends eras, lending these new stories a hint of nostalgia.

The bus 2 will be published in hardcover horizontal format identical to the previous collection published in 2012.

Back in that twilight dimension he calls home, it is rumored that Paul Kirchner is at work on new material for his psychedelic western Dope Rider. After all it seems that the bus’ passenger is not the only one who gets caught occasionally in strange time warps…

Parts of the bus 2 material may have been previously published in magazines in North America and Europe.

Enjoy the ride, bus fans…

Heads Up! · Richard Corben

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 12 September 2015

On Saturday 12 September 2015 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.

All ten of the pages in the September sale are from the graphic novel, The House on the Borderland (2000), adapted by Simon Revelstroke and Richard Corben from the novel by William Hope Hodgson.

And according to the Corben website, all of the pages are drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore 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 12 September 2015 at 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: Corben Art Sale, 18 July 2015

On Saturday 18 July 2015 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.

All ten of the pages in the July sale are from the graphic novel, The House on the Borderland (2000), adapted by Simon Revelstroke and Richard Corben from the novel by William Hope Hodgson.

And according to the Corben website, all of the pages are drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore 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 18 July 2015 at 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: Corben Art Sale, 16 May 2015

On Saturday 16 May 2015 at 12:00 noon CST, thirty-one pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

The sale will include ten pages from Hellboy: The Bride of Hell (2009), ten pages from The House on the Borderland (2000), and ten pages plus the cover art from Starr the Slayer #2 (2009).

According to the Corben website, all of the pages are drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore 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 16 May 2015 at 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: Corben Art Sale, 28 February 2015

On Saturday 28 February 2015 at 12:00 noon CST, thirty pages of original comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

The sale will include eleven pages from Starr the Slayer #1 (2009), eleven pages from The House on the Borderland (2000), and all eight pages of “The Butcher, Part 2: Bye-Bye Miss American Dream” from Eerie #64 (1975).

According to the Corben website, the pages from Starr the Slayer and House on the Borderland are drawn with Sharpie and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore paper, while “The Butcher, Part 2: Bye-Bye Miss American Dream” is drawn with brush and pen and ink, grey markers, and grey Prismacolor pencils on 12 1/2″ x 18″ Bainbridge 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 28 February 2015 at noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.