The book that brought Locust Moon together is coming back with a sequel! Once Upon a Time Machine began as a grassroots, pie-in-the-the-sky idea for an anthology by a bunch of folks trying to break into the industry (helped out by a few of our favorite artists, including Brandon Graham, Jill Thompson, Khoi Pham, & Todd Klein). It was picked up by Dark Horse and published as a big, beautiful, Harvey-nominated book – and inspired Chris, Josh, and I to keep doing whatever we could do to make more comics. That’s how Locust Moon Press was born.
Now we’re working with Dark Horse again on Once Upon a Time Machine vol. 2 – and where the first book took us on a time-bending tour through world folklore and mythology, this second volume focuses on bringing one specific pantheon into the future: the Greek gods.
Gideon Kendall and I tackled the myth of the high-flying Icarus and his father Daedalus – whose future counterparts build a (titular) time machine and test the limits of discovery in a whole new way.
I won’t spoil it here, but I can’t help but mention that there is one particular page in this short story that marks my proudest moment in comics collaboration to date – I think Gideon and I were right on the same wavelength, and made something really special, particularly in that one moment.
Gideon Kendall is just a fantastic artist and storyteller, in case these few peeks aren’t enough to tell for yourself. If you want to see more of his work right away, check out his gross and wonderfully imaginative comic Whatzit.
– Andrew Carl
February is a time of death. Not a time of dying — it’s the quiet beyond the grave, a time when long-past deaths persist, through all acceptance and despair. It’s the very bottom of the year, the moment when even the blackest magics have been exhausted. The month the earth stands still. February is what it feels like to be alone.
So come where the hearth and the hearts are hot. Eat with us. Drink with us. Make merry with us. For we have already died, and tomorrow we will be reborn.
On WEDNESDAY 3/18 we will be at the Society of Illustrators for the opening reception of the LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM gallery exhibition.
By THURSDAY 3/19 we will be back, probably a little worse for the wear and still dressed in a rumpled rendition of our finest regalia, huddled together Drinking & Drawing.
The following week on THURSDAY 3/26 we will be hosting MAPS FOR EARTHMATES, a gallery show by Us & We Art (aka Joey Hartmann-Dow), who turns old maps into glorious creatures. Her work is original, funny and fascinating.
In the meantime, we’re hard at work on the second volume of ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE (this time it’s sci-fi takes on Greek mythology), a book whose completion beckons ever closer. Seeing the work rolling in by Toby Cypress, Charles Fetherolf and Andrea Tsurumi reminds us that somewhere, there is an eternal springtime waiting to be made new.
Some pencils from my collaboration with surly-but-brilliant Monsieur Fetherolf:
So come. Sit and read with us. We have thousands of books, and they are full of fire. Warm your hands and your godforsaken soul.
Chris and Andrew will be representing Locust Moon at Boston Comic Con for the first time this weekend, August 8-10.
Look for the ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE banner at Table D823 to find us and pick up some books, grab some cool free stuff, beg for a digital sneak preview of LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, chat a little, or take us out to lunch.
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
Friday 8/8: 2pm-8pm
Saturday 8/9: 10am-7pm
Sunday 8/10: 10am-6pm
Click here for a map of the convention floor (we’re at D823).
40. SECRET AVENGERS
Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Doop be damned — this may be the most fun book that Marvel is putting out. Come for the comedy, stay for the wild sci-fi ideas and propulsively energetic storytelling.
39. Alan Moore Interview on Robert Anton Wilson
Robert Anton Wilson has had an outsized impact on comics sci-fi as one of the prime influences of two of its major writers: Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Now, as bonus content for the COSMIC TRIGGER theatrical Kickstarter, you can hear comics favorite curmudgeon spend an hour kvelling about the importance of Wilson’s particular brand of visionary oddball sci-fi.
Charles Soule & Javier Pulido continue making us smile with their latest issue of She-Hulk, taking the jolly green she-giant over to San Francisco to see Daredevil — making for an obviously perfect crossover. The two super-lawyers wonder why they never went up against each other back in NYC, and so do we…
37. THE AMATEURS
Conor Stechschulte’s graphic novel debut is a strange little incantation, a quietly funny nightmare in black & white — the sort of book that lingers in the back corners of your mind.
36. KIRBY NEW GODS ARTIST’S EDITION
The unadulterated tiger-force, delivered straight from the tiger-source.
Locust Moon’s Josh & Andrew will be in Washington, DC this weekend for Awesome Con. Look for the giant banner of Farel Dalrymple’s always-entrancing and eye-catching ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE cover at Table Q12 in Artist Alley.
Here’s the where and when for the con:
April 18 – 20, 2014
Friday: 3pm – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Walter E. Washington
As always, we’ll have all the Locust Moon Press books, as well as prints and fun free stuff. Come find us!
40. SATELLITE SAM
Raymond Chandler meets Paddy Chayefsky, in Howard Chaykin’s sketchy, viciously sharp ink lines.
39. Moebius Nemo
Come back, Jean Girard. How are we supposed to make a proper Nemo tribute without you?
38. Tokidoki Donutella
37. Our Anniversary Party
The Paper Anniversary has to be a lucky one for a comic book store.
One question: if you get this on your hands, how do you wash it off?
35. BEST OF EC ARTIST’S EDITION
IDW just won’t stop with these incredible collections of photographed artwork. Pre-code EC comics like you’ve never seen ’em before.
The nominations for the 2013 Harvey Awards were announced recently, and we were honored and humbled to find our book ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE nominated in the category of BEST ANTHOLOGY. We have to thank everyone who has supported us in buying the book, reading it, spreading the word and, of course, nominating it. For many of us involved, Time Machine was our first published work – and it took a lot of time, sweat, learning, and love to put it out into the world. We have been consistently overjoyed with the response the book has gotten, and this nomination is a big deal and great validation for what we tried and continue trying to do in comics.
If you’re a fellow comics creator, you can vote for what you found to be the best comics of the last year in the final ballot here:
“The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.”
From everyone at Locust Moon and Once Upon a Time Machine, thank you again for all your love and support!