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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Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 12 April 2014

On Saturday 12 April 2014 at 12:00 noon CST, twenty-eight pages of original black-and-white comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website, while twenty figure drawings by Corben will go on sale via the “Figure Drawing” page.

The sale will include ten pages from Mutant World by Strnad and Corben, eight pages from the tale of Conan’s grandfather, Connacht, as written by Timothy Truman and published in Dark Horse’s Conan the Cimmerian, and all ten pages of “The Well,” adapted from Lovecraft by Corben and published in Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft.

All Mutant World pages are drawn in pen, markers, and grey pencil on 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inch paper. All other comics pages are in Sharpie pens and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch paper. The figure drawings are in markers, grey pencil, and other drawing media.

The small scans that are on the Corben website here and here right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live, 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 on 12 May 2012

Comic art pages by Richard Corben will go on sale Saturday 12 May 2012 at Noon, CST. The sale includes 13 pages from Hellboy: The Crooked Man, 7 pages from Swamp Thing: Missing Links, and — *gasp* — all 13 pages of “Encounter at War” from Anomaly #4 (1972). Here’s page 11 of “Encounter at War,” as it appeared in the published comic:


All of the pages included in the sale are on the Corben website right now for VIEWING ONLY. Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday.

If you’re interested, click here to visit the “Sales” page on Corben’s website.


The cover of Anomaly #4 is NOT included in the Saturday sale, but it’s a classic:


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Look Here, Read: A visit with Richard Corben from 1972…

From Realm #5 (October 1972), here’s “[Journey to] Gore’s Dungeon,” a short article in which cartoonist and fanzine publisher/editor Ed Romero describes a visit to Richard Corben’s home and studio “in the rolling hills of southern Kansas City, Missouri”; also in attendance was a young writer, Jan Strnad, who happened to be in the process of rounding up the stories and cover artwork for Fever Dreams #1:


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Look There, Read: Jan Strnad and Richard Corben on RAGEMOOR


Westfield Comics Blog has an interview with longtime friends and legendary comics collaborators, Jan Strnad and Richard Corben, about their forthcoming four-issue Dark Horse mini-series, Ragemoor, which the publisher describes as follows:

Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help of any human hand. Its owner is mad with jealously, its servants aren’t human, and its secret’s horrific!

Issue #1 of Ragemoor will be available in March. So men let your wallets flop out, and women open your purses, because a man or a woman without a copy of Ragemoor will be suffering with the worstest of curses!

In other words, HEADS UP!

“I’ve had a long career in comics, doing it the way I wanted, mostly. I’m grateful for what success I’ve had. I still love the possibility of comics, as a medium to tell the stories I want to, not just the ones that sell big. I still have some goals to achieve and skills to develop so I don’t intend to retire ever. I’m going to continue doing comics until I drop.”
Richard Corben in conversation, Westfield Comics Blog, January 2012


I’m a bit late with this one, but of course Corben fans will also want to pick up the Murky World one-shot, available in stores now from Dark Horse: