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Dear Creature: The beach-side play

Sea Freak

I’ve been waiting for Jonathan Case’s Dear Creature, about “an atomic sea mutant in the ’60s whose poet soul is at odds with his tendency to eat people, since April. It’s only a couple of weeks away now, but Case has found a new way to torture fans: by showing pictures from the play we’ll never get to see that inspired his sea-monster love story.

Case not only wrote Sea Freak, he starred in it. He describes the experience of sewing his costume onto his own body to make sure it fit, then needing the director to sew the last few scales into place on his butt. The best part for me is that he had to make the costume waterproof. He doesn’t say in the post, but since the play was performed on the beach, I imagine his entrance had to do with rising from the waves and shambling to shore. At least, I hope it did.

Check out Case’s blog for more photos from the production. Dear Creature hits stores on Oct. 11.

Periscope Studios helps raise funds for Dylan Williams


The good folks at Portland’s Periscope Studios are holding a fundraiser for Sparkplug publisher Dylan Williams, who is dealing with a serious illness. Several of the artists who work out of Periscope, including Jonathan Case (who painted the showdown between Thor and Galactus you see above), Steve Lieber and Colleen Coover, have contributed artwork to an auction to benefit Williams.

You can find all the available pieces on Periscope’s eBay page.

What Are You Reading?

Hello and welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? Today’s special guest is Shannon Wheeler, New Yorker cartoonist and creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book Too Much Coffee Man, Oil & Water, the Eisner-nominated I Thought You Would Be Funnier and the upcoming Grandpa Won’t Wake Up.

To see what Shannon and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below …

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Dear Creature swims (and snaps) ashore in October

Jonathan Case is understandably excited that his graphic novel, Dear Creature will be hitting shelves in October from Tor Books. I’m excited too and I’ve only just found out about it.

Case describes the book as about “an atomic sea mutant in the ’60s whose poet soul is at odds with his tendency to eat people.” You know, that old chestnut.

If you’re like me and October seems awfully long off, you can tide yourself over with some sample pages at his website.

Periscope Studios teaches those pesky pigeons a lesson during Mad Men art week

Betty Draper by Jonathan Case

If you’ve been jonesin’ for Don, Betty and the rest of the Mad Men gang during the long months between seasons– especially after seeing January Jones in the X-Men: First Class trailer — Periscope Studios has your virtual hook up. Last week was Mad Men week on their Tumblr blog, and they shared all sorts of inspired art — including the above piece by Jonathan Case, a faux ad for the infamous Red Rider BB Gun.

Click on over there for more art by Dustin Weaver, Jesse Hamm, Steve Lieber and more.

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