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Exclusive: Paul Hornschemeier tests mutant mettle in Strange Tales II #2

As promised, here’s another preview page from next week’s Strange Tales II #2, Marvel’s sequel to their indie/superhero mash-up anthology. This page features Colossus vs. Colossus (Colossi?) by Paul Hornschemeier (Mother, Come Home; The Three Paradoxes).

Check it out after the jump, then be back at 11 a.m. Pacific for one more!

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Straight for the art | Paul Hornschemeier’s Colossus vs. Colossus

Colossus by Paul Hornschemeier

Colossus by Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier shares some preliminary art for his story in the upcoming Strange Tales sequel. “I can now authoritatively say that drawing Colossus beating the snot out of Colossus (or is it the other way around?) is a good time,” he said.

Strange Tales 2 a go

Strange Tales cover by Peter Bagge & Chip Kidd

Strange Tales cover by Peter Bagge & Chip Kidd

A sequel to Marvel’s surprise-hit alternative-superhero anthology Strange Tales has long been rumored, and now a post at cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier’s blog reveals the truth: Strange Tales 2 is on its way. No official word on when it’ll arrive, or on who else will be joining the anthology this time out, but based on what The Perry Bible Fellowship‘s Nick Gurewitch has said about a Galactus strip he’s working on, and this table of contents from Jeffrey Brown’s Process minicomic boasting the inclusion of Strange Tales sketches, they seem to be likely candidates. Meanwhile, I’ve heard tell that Becky Cloonan and Michael Kupperman will be making their triumphant returns to the project. Stay tuned!

Straight for the art | Paul Hornschemeier prints

Project: Superior print by Paul Hornschemeier and Chris Pitzer

Project: Superior print by Paul Hornschemeier and Chris Pitzer

They once were lost but now are found: Cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier of Strange Tales and All & Sundry fame recently discovered extra copies three very cool prints he thought he’d sold out of long ago, and is offering them for sale on his blog for $30 a pop. Included are promotional prints for AdHouse’s Project: Superior anthology (above), Hornschemeier’s book Mother, Come Home (once published by Dark Horse and soon to be rereleased by Fantagraphics), and an appearance by the artists of The Holy Consumption, the now-disbanded collective that consisted of Hornschemeier, Jeffrey Brown, Anders Nilsen, and John Hankiewicz, drawn by all four artists. Your wall wants ‘em.

Hornschemeier, Pope, Rugg and more in Marvel anthology

Because I was at WonderCon, I missed this past weekend’s MyCup ‘o Joe when it popped up on MySpace, but Paul Hornschemeier points out a question from a fan about Marvel’s upcoming “indie project,” for lack of a better name (and I’m sure there is one) that’ll feature stories by Hornschemeier, Jim Rugg, Stan Sakai, Paul Pope and, holy crap, Jason, among others:

Paul Pope draws the Marvel Universe

Paul Pope draws the Marvel Universe

At the New York Comic Con, CB Cebulski mentioned that the Marvel “Indie Project” was coming along nicely. I’m wondering if you could tell us any of the talent involved or tease some artwork. Anyone in particular you are stoked to have on board?

JQ: It’s definitely moving forward—and looking better and better every day. There are some huge names in indy comics involved with this project and we couldn’t be more excited about the work they’re turning in. Just to name a few of the talents involved, we’ve got Paul Pope, Stan Sakai, Paul Hornschemeier, Dash Shaw, Junko Mizuno, Jim Rugg, Corey Lewis…and a bunch more small press superstars contributing some truly amazing stories. We just got some outstanding pages in from the cartoonist JASON and I gotta tell you, this is going to be one awesome book. Stay tuned!

Marvel.com has several sample pages, including one from Hornschemeier’s Nightcrawler/Molecule Man story and Rugg’s Machine Man story.


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