Thursday, January 14, 2010

Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1

Here are the original scan and final colored art for the cover of Forlorn Funnies Volume One, due out this fall from Fantagraphics Books.

As for what's in the first book, here are a few teasers/descriptions:

Our principal concern of this volume, “Obvious Amenities,” is Act One of the story of Edward Molson, salesman. After the untimely osprey-induced death of a co-worker, Molson is thrust into a cross-country speaking engagement, a chance to revisit youthful diversions, and a potential extra-marital love affair. But for now, he has to walk his wife’s dog. Again.

In “Huge Suit and The Sea.” the deity/fate/ deus ex machina Huge Suit – who first appeared in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – returns to his intervening ways, prodding and poking at the destiny of a relentlessly smiley boatman. The boatman travels from island to doomed island until taking on employment pulling ghosts into a basket. Soon enough the basket of ghosts is overflowing, and the locals send him, still smiling, back to the waters, where Huge Suit waits.

The prose offering for this inaugural issue “Whither Mountain Man?,” joins a nameless protagonist on his search for a mythological beast sighted in the hills of an early 1900’s Montana. But the neighboring hunters and mining interests have other plans, punctuated with rifles.

“The Epistemics” (the beginning of what will be an ongoing serial) follows a team of military specialists and scientists in their role in the colonization of the planet Themis IV. In this first adventure, Tech Sgt. Artemis Tol is undergoing a bizarre ritual, the separation of the myriad creatures of which he is a composite, when The Epistemics must respond to a call of distress in one of the outlying camps. What they find in that camp is unlike anything they – a team made of clones, aliens, and grizzled space war veterans – have ever encountered. And Tol’s absence proves unimaginably costly.


Tim said...

Sounds good! But quite frankly you had me at the old-school ray gun on the cover.

Paul Hornschemeier said...

Oh, ray gun, you get me every time.

Jonny Mess said...

This looks amazing. Also: ray guns can't be old-school. They are always of the future!

Paul Hornschemeier said...

Thanks, Mr. Mess.

Carlos Gurgel said...

Amazing work.
Congratulations, Paul.