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Back from Fabletown and the Beach

FABLETOWN AND BEYOND

Over on the Locust Moon blog, Chris Stevens provided a wonderful reaction piece to our unforgettable time in Fabletown (née Rochester), Minnesota. You really ought to read it.

The journey truly started on Tuesday night, three days before Fabletown and Beyond would be underway. Josh O’Neill in Philly and I in New York, we talked on the phone like protective parents of our partner Chris. “Make sure he has all his chargers. See if Rob can tie up that banner stand so it won’t give him too much trouble.” “I feel like I should pack him a lunch in the morning.” “Fill a bag with food that’ll stay good for a few days, in case he gets hungry on the last leg.” And so on. If you haven’t read his recap yet, you might not realize that the next morning, Chris would be boarding a train from Philadelphia to Winona, Minnesota. That spelled a 30+ hour trip each way. Josh and I had it easy. We got to fly.

Two things struck me within hours (really, the first hour) of my arrival in Fabletown, MN: how fascinating the indoor (post-apocalypse-ready) mini-metropolis of Rochester was, and how aggressively nice all of the people there were. But it wasn’t just the locals who treated us well. Something about Fabletown seemed to bring out the best in folks, and the good vibes permeated every nook and cranny of those subways and skyways and buildings that bled and fed into each other from block to block. Every last person we dealt with was kind and helpful – especially our international team of convention organizers, including Bill Willingham, Stacy Sinner, Mike Sinner, Stephanie Cooke, Brad Thomte, and all of those awesome volunteers.

Chris covered the key events and joys of the weekend pretty wonderfully, but I thought I should share some of personal favorite photos from the weekend here, as well.

Here’s our favorite character from the weekend…P1000150 Continue reading

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To Fabletown…and Beyond!

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This Friday through Sunday (March 22-24), you’ll find Once Upon a Time MachineAndrew Carl (Editor; Writer, “John Henry”), Chris Stevens (Producer; Writer, “The Boy Who Drew Cats”), and Josh O’Neill (Creative Advisor; Writer, “Bombus and Vespula”) in Rochester, Minnesota at Bill Willingham’s Fabletown and Beyond convention!

What is Fabletown and Beyond?

Fabletown and Beyond will be a convention entirely designed to discuss, promote and celebrate comic books that fall within the Mythic Fiction realm.

And what’s this Mythic Fiction?

Mythic Fiction comics are Fables and Sandman, The Unwritten, Bone, Kill Shakespeare, Mice Templar, Stuff of Legend, Memorial, Fairest, The Abominable Charles Christopher, Mouse Guard, Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Arrowsmith, House of Mystery, Castle Waiting, and dozens more truly wonderful books.

Mythic Fiction is that magic-bound alliance of fairytales, folklore, myth, legend, talking animals and characters from literature, given new life, new challenges to face and new adventures to chronicle.

So who else will be there?

To name a few of the comics heavyweights in attendance: Bill Willingham (naturally), Mark Buckingham, Shelly Bond, Kurt Busiek, Mike Carey, Bryan J. L. Glass, Gene Ha, Adam Hughes, Steve Leialoha, Mike Oeming, David Petersen, Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges, Chrissie Zullo…and a whole bunch more. See a more complete guest list at the convention’s website.

You’ll find us, the Locust Moon Comics crew, in Fabletown’s intimate Artists’ Alley. We’ll be there with books, prints, and stories in tow.

And on Sunday @ 11:00 am, Chris Stevens will be speaking on the Artist Alley panel in the so-called “Boring Panel Room”!

You can also check out Fabletown and Beyond on Facebook.

Hope we see you there!

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March Appearances!

2013’s properly underway, and this Time Machine ain’t slowing down!

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Left to right: Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, Chris Stevens, and Kelly Writers House Program Coordinator Alli Katz.

In January, a handful of Once Upon a Time Machine creators –  Andrew Carl (Editor; writer of “John Henry”), Chris Stevens (Producer; writer of “The Boy Who Drew Cats”), Josh O’Neill (Creative Advisor; writer of “Bombus and Vespula”), James Comey (creator of “Kid Yimage and the Really Big Hole”), Rob Woods (creator of “The Venusian Shepherd Boy Who Cried Space Wolf”), and Dave Proch (artist of “A.L.I.C.E.”) – were honored to be this year’s guests of the annual Charles Bernheimer Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. You can listen to a recording of our talk here, but you’ll be missing out on our visual aids and physical comedy.

If you want to see some of the gang in person, though, we have some more great events coming up in March!

First stop, Wednesday, March 12:  Wayne, New Jersey
Andrew, Chris, Josh, Charles Fetherolf (creator of “The Crossing”), and Jason Rodriguez (writer of “The Stars Are Not Wanted Now”) will be dropping by William Paterson University to chat with some art students about making comics. A students-only event…but if you’re in the area, feel free to stalk and ambush us as we find dinner thereabouts.

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24: Rochester, Minnesota
Fabletown and Beyond – Andrew, Chris, and Josh will be attending Bill Willingham’s first annual convention “entirely designed to discuss, promote and celebrate comic books that fall within the Mythic Fiction realm.” We’ll be alongside such greats as Mark Buckingham (Fables), Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Mike Carey (The Unwritten), Gene Ha (Top 10), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar). [Facebook]

Saturday, March 30: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Asbury Park Comic Con Come see a bunch of us back in Jersey, where we’ll join the likes of Al Jaffee (MAD), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Herbe Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk), J. G. Jones (Wanted), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and Mark A. Robinson (I Love Trouble) at this one-day convention. [Facebook]

More info’s to come, as we approach this awesome run of events!

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Huffington Post Books Boards the Time Machine!

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Huffington Post Books Boards the Time Machine!

“Do you remember the first time you heard that Goldilocks liked drinking other people’s porridge? The first time you dreamed of your own nose growing after you’d told a lie? How about the first time you imagined what it would be like to kiss a frog?”

Once Upon a Time Machine editor Andrew Carl has written a short piece for Huffington Post Books, to accompany a beautiful slideshow of illustrations from the book…and the Post has given the article top billing!

So click over and give it a read!

And don’t forget what book will make the best gift of this holiday season!

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SFRevu “Highly Recommends” Once Upon a Time Machine!

SFRevu, the monthly online sci-fi magazine, has published a great advance review of OUATM in its September issue.

Here’s a taste:

“Carl and Stevens have done a masterful job, enlisting marvelous creators and unleashing them on nearly every fairy tale an American parent (like me) might imagine. It’s a volume that adults and children will greatly enjoy, with clever, insightful, and witty tales abounding on every page.

If you are looking for amazing new visions and interpretations of classic tales, this is the book for you.”

Head on over to SFRevu for the full review!

 

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Diamond Bookshelf Interview

Recently, Once Upon a Time Machine editor Andrew Carl and producer Chris Stevens (virtually) sat down with the folks at Diamond Bookshelf for a little interview.

We discussed the origins of the book, the creative vision that drove it, and our theories as to what makes fairy tales so enduringly popular and beloved.

Even better, Diamond Bookshelf took the opportunity to share a few never-before-seen finished pages from the book.

Look out for pages from:

Pinocchio, or “The Stars Are Not Wanted Now” by Jason Rodriguez, Scott White, and Jason Arthur

“The Boy Who Drew Cats” by Chris Stevens, Khoi Pham, Jose Villarrubia, and Todd Klein

“The Shepherd and the Weaver Girl” by Saajan Patel, James Giar, Mandy Moore, and Rafer Roberts

Hansel and Gretel, or “Bombus and Vespula” by Josh O’Neill, Senk Chhour, Michelle Madsen and John Workman

And of course, Farel Dalrymple’s cover (it never gets old).

Head over to Diamond Bookshelf’s site to check the interview and pages out…

http://www.diamondbookshelf.com/Home/1/1/20/823?articleID=124177

And let us know what you think, right here or on Facebook!

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Under the Hood: John Henry (designs)

Writer Andrew Carl and artist William Allan Reyes took on the great American folk hero John Henry, and shot him into deep space. Seamus Heffernan and Jason Arthur later joined the crew, on colors and letters, respectively.

Here are some of William’s character (and machinery!) designs for this steel-drivin’ tale.

You can find William Allan Reyes on his deviantART site.

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