I have the excuse of living 3,000 miles away (in Portland, Oregon’s lobster-crazy sister city) but the rest of you really have no good reason to not visit the Benjamin Marra show opening on April 26th at Floating World Comics. Floating World is just about the best comic book retailer I’ve ever been to, and Marra’s work is loads of fun–it’s like he crawled into the technicolor blood-and-guts-infused subconscious of a pimply junior high school student, circa 1987, and pulled out a bundle of spit-covered, trashy bargain-bin comic books.
I’ll just get over that this is marketing that is totally nailing me straight in my “demo” and enjoy the fact that rad comics dudes and ladies are being paid to produce new work. It appears that Johnny Ryan is responsible for curating this crew, and it is hosted by Vice Magazine. It’s certainly not your average marketing campaign for your average big studio “children’s movie”. Usually you’re gonna want to keep children away from reading Vice magazine. See the blog here as they reveal new comics every few days and post interviews with the artists.
A list of the artists involved: Ben Jones, Benjamin Marra, Dan Zettwoch, Esther Pearl Watson, Frédéric Fleury, Hellen Jo, Jordan Crane, Josh Simmons, La Merde, Lisa Hanawalt, Mark Todd, Martin Ontiveros, Matt Furie, Matthew Thurber, Nick Gazin, Ray Sohn, Ron Rege Jr, Sakabashira, Sammy Harkham, Shintaro Kago, Skinner, Ted May, Tony Millionaire, Vanessa Davis.
UPDATE: Well they went and blew their wild load all at once and here is a PDF version of the insert that is being printed in VICE Magazine right here with all the artwork in it, checkitout.