Many Seattle artists (including three Fantagraphics employees -- Jacob, Jenny, and myself) joined forces to create a series of illustrations for 826 Seattle and the Greenwood art walk. There is a piece depicting each of the planets in our solar system (plus Earth's moon) and they all have been made into postcards which can be purchased here:
Also, if you are in the area and have the time, please come out to the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. this Friday evening for the opening reception and to see original art and prints from the project (for sale CHEAP). The weather is forecasted to be completely perfect for an evening walk in Greenwood.
We have never met in person, but, if I can base anything on the books you publish, you are a decent fellow, and, in the wee hours of my 9-month anniversary with my lovely girlfriend, I'd like to make a public appeal to you to allow me to design NBM's upcoming SMURFS books. If I'm too late with this appeal, then ... bummer, but I just heard about your project yesterday (at which time, I made a pseudo-public appeal to you on the COMICS COMICS blog. If it helps, I would happily work for a pittance -- this is the comics industry after all.
I hope this doesn't seem like a crude way to propose this idea to you, and I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes (especially the designers at NBM). This is simply the most public forum I have available to me, and I think some people might support me on this. If I'm wrong, I will back away respectfully and look forward to the book nonetheless.
I just kinda love the Smurfs.
That feels strange to say, but I really do have a soft spot for the little blue halflings. I grew up on them. Here's proof:
"According to the USA Network's "Cartoon Express," Smurfs are four apples tall. This is FALSE assuming Gargamel is of the average human height (+/- 4"). Maybe four CRABapples tall. But not four red delicious-es."
That is NOT from the Smurfs Wikipedia page. That is from a a dusty corner of my brain. I would treat this project with respect, like Seth did with Peanuts, or Jacob Covey would with a TMNT book (attn: Nickelodeon -- get on that one).
P.S. If being pitiful will help: I broke a rib two weeks ago and I'm still two-to-four weeks from being healed. Ouch!
I implore everyone, regardless of your feelings about manga (attn: JACOB), to look through A DRUNKEN DREAM when it's released. Moto Hagio's line is confident and graceful. The material is gorgeous and I'm trying to do it justice (but even if I botch the design, it's going to be a great book).
And we should all applaud Matt Thorn and Dirk Deppey for first exposing us (or me anyway, if I missed the bus earlier) to Moto Hagio's work way back in TCJ #269.
If you haven't already (or even if you have), please check out PROFANITY HILL (again). It a great new Seattle-centric zine distro/community spearheaded by Fantagraphics' own Jason T. Miles (censored above). Support the new underground!
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