Larry Marder’s Beanworld has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for more than a generation, earning him a spot on the New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Sellers List.
This two-dimensional world, while deceptively simple on the surface, explores a deeply complex fantasy universe where everything ties into everything else, much like the world we ourselves live in. The series offers a delightful way of looking at our own complex world, through the most unlikely pair of eyes.
According to Larry Marder, “Beanworld is Dr. Seuss meets Mutts meets Fraggle Rock as if it had been found in an archeologist’s note book. It’s a weird fantasy dimension that operates under its own rules and laws. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately they depend on each other for survival. I’m so glad that Dark Horse has introduced Beanworld to a new generation of contemporary readers who grew up with Pixar, Cartoon Network, and manga.”
Currently in print are three Dark Horse deluxe hardcover volumes: Wahoolazuma!, A Gift Comes! and Remember Here When You Are There!
Larry Marder was also recently elected President of the Board of directors of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
WHO: Larry Marder
WHAT: Book signing
WHEN: Wednesday, August 25th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
Marder is a firm believer in Marcel Duchamp’s observation that it is the viewer that makes the picture. Shortly after his difficult birth, his mother took one look at his lopsided head and exclaimed, “Why does he look like a bean!” So is it any wonder he’s devoted his creative life to exploring the relationships and adventures that make up Larry Marder’s Beanworld?
Marder was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He spent the first third of his life pursuing art. His interests in comic books and Native American mythology started at an early age. He was educated at Hartford Art School where he became engrossed in conceptual art and underground comix. It was in this period that his iconic Bean shaped characters were first developed. Marder earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1973.
After college, Marder went to work as an advertising executive in Chicago by day, and by night created the most peculiar comic book experience Tales of the Beanworld, first released in 1985 by Eclipse Comics. 21 issues were published until 1993. Then Marder went off to “join the comic book circus” full time, as the Executive Director of Image Comics and later President of McFarlane Toys. What he intended as a short sabbatical from Beanworld, ended up stretching into fifteen years.
To the delight of his fans all over the world, Marder returned to creating Beanworld full time in 2007. Currently in print are three hardcover volumes: Wahoolazuma!, A Gift Comes! and Remember Here When You Are There!
Marder lives in Orange County, California, with his wife, Cory, and their two cats, Olive and Chipper.