Bill-and-Ben

A shade of grey

This promt! Just something quick cause I can’t sleep, I felt like writing and the prompt was just too good! Haha! Of course this is set after the series end or near that cause the age, but who cares.


         “What the hell?!” Larry shouted in horror from the bathroom.
         “What’s wrong?” Stretch asked panicked as he rushed to see what was matter.
         “Look!” Larry pointed his temple.
         His eyes were wide of shock. Stretch hadn’t seen him this horrified since…since…never? He looked at what the fingers pointed.
         “What am I supposed to look at, Kid?” he asked after pondering a while.
         “The grey!” Larry wailed.
         “Oh, that.”
         “What you mean ‘ oh, that?’?” Larry snapped. “This is disastrous.”
         “I mean… I thought you knew. It’s been there a while.”
         The blank expression on Larry’s face was quite amusing to Stretch. But his lover had turned all pale.
         “… a while?” the words barely got out of Larry’s throat.
         “Well, yeah, not very long, but –“
         “You didn’t bother to tell me?” Stretch feared Larry was going to hit him, but just let out a long list of curses. “People have seen me like this! Getting old, grey, slow and weak.”
         “No one is gonna think you’re slow or weak cause you got a couple grays, Larry” Stretch folded his arms and shifted his legs. This was getting ridiculous.
         “How did this happen?” Larry started himself from the mirror. “How?
         “Well, you are in your forties, the life you live isn’t exactly easy, or stressless. And you smoke a lot, and drink. Not to talk about all the fights. Also stop thinking so much.”
         “You drink and smoke as much as I do” the dark haired raised his brow accusatorily. “You get in fights more than I do. Why you don’t got any?”
         Stretch just shrugged.
         “Maybe cause I’m younger than you.”
         “By one year.”
         “Still younger. And I got better genes. ”
         “The hell with you, beanpole.”
         “If it bothers you that much, lets either pick them out or dye your hair. Problem solved.”
         Larry groaned.
         “Oh, c’mon, it’s not that bad. You still got your looks, smarts and health. You don’t look a day older than 35 and you have absolutely dashing sweetheart who loves you despite your persintent.. persant… What’s the word I’m looking for?”
         “Persistent” Larry helped.
         “Yeah, that. That’s what you are. Now, let’s groom you up or stop whining like an ugly baby.”
         “Get the tweezers…” Larry sighed in defeat.

9

“It just doesn’t matter!”: 20 things we learned at fictional summer camp

Summer camp: It’s not just a place where we go swimming, learn to tie knots, and try to talk other kids into sharing the giant bags of candy their parents sent them. It’s also a place we learn important life lessons. Happily, pop culture has made it so we don’t even need to attend camp ourselves. We can just watch other people go to camp, in movies and television, or hear about it in songs. In honor of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer sequel, the following is a list of some of the more valuable lessons we’ve learned at fictional summer camps through the years. Pass the s’mores.

1. Counselors, don’t have sex when you should be watching the kids. (Friday The 13th)

4. You’ll inevitably bunk with a bitch that later becomes your best friend. (Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, “The Tale Of The Watcher’s Woods”)

8. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. (Moonrise Kingdom)

11. Giraffe’s tongues are black, adults are jerks. (Salute Your Shorts)

13. Don’t waste precious camp time on letters home. (Alan Sherman, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”)

14. It just. Doesn’t. Matter. (Meatballs)

Read our full list at avclub.com

Awards and Onwards

So… it’s a bit of a heady time here in the land of the Locusts.

Andrew went to San Diego, and came back with these things:

Those globes are actually spinnable, and the base is made of solid wood. But beyond even their fine craftsmanship, these objects also have symbolic value. They are Eisner awards, assigned by a jury of our peers, recognizing the transcendent beauty and Herculean it-takes-a-village communal effort that is LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.

Our collective labor of love was recognized as BEST ANTHOLOGY, and Jim Rugg’s (jimrugg) gorgeous work on the package was singled out for BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN. 

We’re humbled. So much dedication and care went into the crafting of the 118 beautiful pieces contained in this collection. And we couldn’t be prouder to be behind one of the projects spearheading this surprising and splendid Winsor McCay revival – between our anthology, IDW’s RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND mini-series, Taschen’s complete Little Nemo reprint, and Katherine Roeder’s academic work WIDE AWAKE IN SLUMBERLAND, our man was the recipient of, count ‘em, _eight _Eisner nominations and _four _Eisner awards. These are some pretty voluminous coat-tails, and we’re riding 'em in good company, hanging on for dear life.

Then we turn around the next week and find that LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM has been nominated for two Harvey Awards, (BEST ANTHOLOGY and SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION; voting open till 8/31), and Locust Moon Press was nominated for a Philadelphia Geek Award for COMIC CREATOR OF THE YEAR. The accolades for this beautiful book are coming faster than we can tweet about them. It’s a remarkable thing, to see the spectacular work and incredible passion of so many visionary cartoonists recognized by their industry and their colleagues. 

BUT – lest you think we’re resting for even a moment on our laurels – we thought we might take this opportunity to give you a glimpse of what we’re working on. 

Friends, this is the calm before the storm. All spring and summer long, we have been planting seeds. 

Soon – the harvest. 

Here’s what’s coming from Locust Moon in the next three months. Gird yourselves, comic lovers.

LITTLE NEMO’S BIG NEW DREAMS

We’re pleased and honored to announce the newest incarnation of our seemingly endless Little Nemo revival project: we’ve partnered with TOON BOOKS , Francoise Mouly’s remarkable comics-for-young-readers imprint, home of beautiful children’s books by Art Spiegelman, Jeff Smith, and Neil Gaiman, to create a miniature, abridged edition of our ginormous compendium. 

Gorgeously designed by Francoise herself, edited by myself, Chris, and Andrew, and featuring an introduction in comic strip form by none other than Art Spiegelman (!!!!), this beautiful new book is our attempt to create some version of our dream-tome fit for libraries, schools, backpacks, picnics, and budgets without room for triple-digit literary line items. 

Due for release on September 1st, this edition is a sparkling treasure smuggled out of Slumberland while everyone was distracted by the cacophonous pomp of the LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM parade. 

Some great early reviews of LITTLE NEMO’S BIG NEW DREAMS are already in from ICv2 and Kirkus.

SHAMAN

This is a project that’s been bubbling away on Locust Moon’s most favored back burner for a couple years now, and it’s finally come to a boil. Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo’s gleeful dismemberment of superhero tropes marks the long-form debut of two top-flight storytellers and one bitingly brilliant comics-making team. Ben and Bruno’s sharp, nimble, contagiously funny creative vision is about to be loosed on the world in the shape of a charming supernatural saga that’s sure to leave readers enraptured and hungry for more. In the never-ending battle between good and evil, the door between life and death swings both ways – and Shaman’s the asshole with the key.

SHAMAN: Volume One, featuring special appearances by the likes of Farel Dalrymple, Jim Rugg, and J.G. Jones, will be in comic shops everywhere October 15.

Make sure your store gets it! Diamond order code JUL151468.

QUARTER MOON: IMPRACTICAL CATS

Yes, this is a whole issue of Quarter Moon about cats. Mostly this cat…

…but a lot of other cats too. 

Our little quarterly-esque comics anthology is growing up, pouncing into the future with its wildest, prettiest and most ambitious iteration thus far. Featuring a cover by Lisk Feng and artwork and stories from a lineup of ringers including Paul Pope, Farel Dalrymple, Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ronald Wimberly, and many more, this celebration of our furry friends prowls and purrs like the fine feline she is. 

The sixth volume of QUARTER MOON will hit shelves by November. Our hope is that the slow boat from China gets in here in time to debut this creature at Comic Arts Brooklyn (comicartsbrooklyn).

PROMETHEUS ETERNAL

We’ve been keeping this one a semi-secret outside of some slightly obnoxious vaguebooking, but goddamn. We’re just too excited to hold back any longer. 

We’re teaming up with the Philadelphia Museum of Art (you know, from Rocky?) to produce a companion to their upcoming WRATH OF THE GODS exhibition – a show featuring representations of Prometheus throughout history, including works by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. 

How do you answer the call to arms that comes in the form of a collaboration with one of the greatest American art museums, in a show featuring a number of old masters? 

You recruit a lineup of the greatest cartoonists in the world. Our PROMETHEUS ETERNAL comic will feature illustrations and stories adapting the Prometheus myth by creators including 

GRANT MORRISON DAVE MCKEAN

LISK FENG

BILL SIENKIEWICZ

PAUL POPE

ANDREA TSURUMI

DAVID MACK

JAMES COMEY

FAREL DALRYMPLE

YUKO SHIMIZU

We’re bringing the visions of these incredible storytellers into a context in which it deserves to be seen: among other great works of art history. If our crazy plan works, this book will be the first of many, and this partnership between Locust Moon and the P.M.A. will mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

A little taste, courtesy of McKean…

View On WordPress