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After a stellar run as the back-up story in Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon, the Michel Fiffe-edited series Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies is making its way toward the bookshelf with a collection that boasts some amazing extras.
The collected Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies is scheduled to hit this July as an over-sized 144 page book, collecting all 12 back-up stories as well as some new material from the likes of Tom Scioli, Jim Rugg, Jasen Lex, Paul Maybury, Zack Soto and others.
If you missed it in singles, this collection is worth a flip through. You have to admire Larsen’s agreeance to allow Fiffe and his team of creators to do this liberal a take on his characters. It really allows each of them to play to their strengths, and wish more creator-owned cartoonists would consider giving over the reins of their characters like this.
This one has been making it’s way around the ‘net over the past few days … Paul Maybury, artist on Aqua Leung and the upcoming D.O.G.S. of Mars, used to work at Whole Foods and would regularly design promotional signs (like the one above) for the store where he worked.
Although it’s a pretty creative sign, apparently not everyone was a fan. He noted on his Tumblr blog last week, “I apparently offended a lot of people with it. Once older white lady didn’t like the angry black man yelling at her. And a Vegan didn’t like that Mr. T. pitied her because she wouldn’t eat meat.” Later he notes that he wasn’t actually fired, but “they just kind of blocked me from any sort of advances and left me with the option to more or less leave, which I did.”
He’s posted several of the signs over on his Tumblr; you can find some here, here and here. The Mr. T post was picked up by Cory Doctorow over at boingboing, a post which now has more than 100 comments … Maybury responded to some of the comments about whether or not he was a good Whole Foods employee here.
Johnny Zito and Tony Trov, writers of Black Cherry Bombshells and Moon Girl, along with Christian Weiser and artist Paul Maybury (Aqua Leung, Party Bear), are teaming up with High Treason Pictures to tell the story of Zoe, “the swashbuckling captain of Earth’s first Martian colony. Isolated on the farthest frontier of civilization, order breaks down when unfamiliar hostiles invade. Zoe faces mutiny, death and dishonor; she must sacrifice her humanity if she hopes to survive.”
I spoke with Paul, Johnny and Tony about the new project, D.O.G.S. of Mars, due later this month. Like Zito and Trov’s Moon Girl, the comic will be released digitally via comiXology, with plans for a film down the line. Thanks to Paul for an exclusive look at some pages from the project; for more, check out this video he created.
JK: What is D.O.G.S. of Mars about?
Johnny: It’s about astronauts marooned on Mars and hunted by monsters. It’s like Lord of The Flies and Star Trek.
Paul: So far it’s about surviving as far as I know. This might sound stupid but I haven’t read the script past what I’ve drawn. This is less an action packed Monster book than a study of the character’s humanity in my opinion. I know roughly that characters die, but it’s more interesting to draw them scene to scene not knowing their fates. I feel like this creates an honesty and an interest in each character as I draw them that I might not have if I know they happen to be a throw away character that gets killed three pages later. Like I said, that probably sounds pretty stupid.
Tony: We like to describe the project as being in the genre of space-ploitation.
Although most fans probably know Comixology as the company at the forefront of bringing other company’s comics to the iPhone, the iPad and the Web, they’ve also been producing their own digital comics for distribution across their various platforms. Joining Moon Girl and Box 13 is a new comic called D.O.G.S. of Mars, which will be released in January.
Johnny Zito and Tony Trov, writers of the Zuda strip Black Cherry Bombshells and Moon Girl, along with Christian Weiser, are teaming up with High Treason Pictures to tell the story of Zoe, “the swashbuckling captain of Earth’s first Martian colony. Isolated on the farthest frontier of civilization, order breaks down when unfamiliar hostiles invade. Zoe faces mutiny, death and dishonor; she must sacrifice her humanity if she hopes to survive.”
High Treason hopes to release the D.O.G.S. of Mars comic in anticipation of the film, which is scheduled for production next year. The comic will be drawn by Paul Maybury, artist of Party Bear and Aqua Leung, with covers by Rhazzah.
High Treason Pictures’ previous films include Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Neil Patrick Harris’ The Best and The Brightest.
Welcome once again to What Are You Reading? This week our special guest is Paul Maybury, creator of the webcomic Party Bear. His work can be found in Comic Book Tattoo, various volumes of Popgun and 24seven, and, of course, the full-length graphic novel Aqua Leung. Be sure to check out the sketches he shares.
To see what Paul and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click on the link …
Project: Rooftop is hosting their first “invitational,” where they’ve asked various artists to redesign the members of the Justice League for a “jam” piece they’ll unveil over the coming weeks.
“I obviously love superheroes and superhero teams in general, but there’s something special about the JLA,” wrote the site’s co-founder, Dean Trippe. “The League roster is typically anchored by Superman and Batman, the first two superheroes, known as the World’s Finest for a reason, and Wonder Woman, the most iconic and recognizable superheroine of all time. Collectively now referred to as DC’s Trinity, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman merge the science fiction, crime-fighting, and mythological elements common to superhero origins into the foundation of a very strange universe, made accessible to all three through their mutual friendship.”
The first member to get the redesign treatment is Wonder Woman, by artist Paul Maybury:
Bedrock City Comics isn’t the only Texas-based comics shop offering up a print on Free Comic Book Day … artist Paul Maybury created the above piece for Rogues Gallery Comics & Games in Round Rock, Texas, to help promote tomorrow’s big Free Comic Book Day event.
“Maximillian Larch, the store mascot of Rogues Gallery Comics & Games in Round Rock, Texas, done up in post-apocalyptic style by Paul Maybury,” said store owner Randy Lander. “Paul will be one of ten guests we’ll have at the store on Free Comic Book Day, and we’re hoping to have prints of this piece available for sale that day as well!”
Other guests include Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Paul Benjamin, Alan Porter, Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges, Bill Williams, Paul Maybury, Scott Kolins and Nick Derington.