Changing Hands Bookstore Hosts Graphic Novel Discussion
Friday, June 03, 2005

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and Beanworld creator (and president of McFarlane Toys) Larry Marder will be the guests of honor at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, this Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

The two are speaking on "The Art and Commerce of the Graphic Novel" as part of the store's ongoing graphic novel series.

The graphic novel has become a hugely successful and popular alternative to more traditional narrative formats. McFarlane and Marder will host a lively discussion on what graphic novels are, where they come from and where they're headed.

Todd McFarlane's Spawn is one of the longest-running independent comic books in history. The monthly comic is gearing up for its 150th issue this fall. Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. Disfigured, homeless and alone, this warrior now known as Spawn wanders the shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.

Larry Marder's Beanworld is unclassifiable. It's a comic book, but it's unlike everything else. As Marder says: "This ain't jes' another funny animal comic book! Heck no! Beanworld is different. It's a weird fantasy dimension that operates under its own rules and laws. Beanworld is about the affinity of life. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately they depend on each other for survival. Highly recommended for fans of all ages."

The discussion will take place at Changing Hands Bookstore on Monday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Changing Hands is located on the southwest corner of McClintock and Guadalupe in Tempe, AZ.

There will be several Spawn and Beanworld titles on sale at Changing Hands. Most of these titles (except for the current Spawn monthly issues) have been out of print for several years and are available in very limited quantities.

Spawn trade paperbacks
Spawn TPB 1
Spawn TPB 2
Spawn TPB 3
Spawn TPB 4

Spawn regular monthly comics
Spawn 143
Spawn 144
Spawn 145

Beanworld trade paperbacks
Beanworld TPB 1
Beanworld TPB 3
Beanworld TPB 4

Beanworld limited-edition
Beanworld book 1
Beanworld book 2

These hardbacks are signed, numbered and each has an original artist pen-and-ink sketch.

For more info, call 480.730.0205 or visit