On this episode of Pages and Panels, Kyle is joined by creator James Harvey . James joins the cast to breakdown his Image debut book, Masterplasty. Make sure to get to stores and try and find a copy of Masterplasty. Image announced it is going to a second printing (regular size) so hunt down that original if you can.
Who likes regurgitated press releases? If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of ‘em, so here’s one for you now: Masterplasty is getting a reprinting at a more usual comic size. I think that might become a tradition for us- maybe we’re going to do a huge version with a smaller print run first and then a regular-sized version for the rest of us.
Allow me to draw your attention to this part of the aforementioned missive:
When pressed for a quote, James responded, “Now you can all stop asking me how you carry this thing home in the rain. Just kidding. I love you.”
I wrote that at about 5 in the morning last night. For some reason I figured they would spot that the ‘I love you’ bit was in there as a joke and take it out for the final thing, but nope- there it is up on their website and also on every comic book news site that reported this story. I am learning lessons, here!
“Socially conscious with a biting sense of humor… get lost in the wildly imaginative mind of one of the industry’s most promising up-and-coming creators.” - The Onion AV Club
“I’m jealous of anyone seeing James Harvey’s work for the first time,” added [Eric] Stephenson. “Because he has such a singular and unique vision that it’s one of the most truly eye-opening experiences in modern comics.”
Hey, thank you, Eric! And thanks for letting me do my crazy bullshit at your comics company.
You can still buy copies of the huge version at comic shops worldwide, or (if you want me to get rich) in my store, here.
Here’s a few pictures of the event. It was stressful, but nothing went on fire and no-one is in jail, so I’m going to call it a success. Thanks, Gosh! comics, for letting us do this.
Above: I followed Ryan Humphrey's incredibly humble and eloquent off-the-cuff speech by drunkenly reading from the foreword I wrote for the zine, which explains why Bartkira is the ultimate nexus of art and culture and the culmination of all human effort. Several conversations had begun by the time this was over.
Above: people having fun. Below: Here’s me saying “and that’s why Bartkira was all my idea” or something like that. I don’t know why there’s so many pictures of me because Ryan is really the guy who made the show what it was. The whole show was pretty last minute, and if he hadn’t shown up with all his beautiful original artwork for us to gawp at it wouldn’t have been anything like as good as it was. Thanks again, Ryan!
The image edition of masterplasty is quite amazing. Thank you for making that happen. Will your comics and stories book happen to make it stateside as well? Specifically at the NY forbidden planet perhaps? Or elsewhere? Best,
Do you see a face when you look at the moon? What does the face in the moon look like, to you? This is a drawing I did showing how I’ve seen it, ever since I was a kid. It’s terrifying.
I imagine the way we perceive the face has a lot to do with the atmospheric conditions/global positioning of your home, and a whole bunch of other factors. Your version, I’m guessing, will be very different. Show it to me! Tag your picture with #faceinthemoon and I’ll reblog some of the most interesting ones at some point next week.
This thing is still out there. You can, like, walk into a comic shop and buy it for the price of a sandwich. This is new to me. I’m still fresh and wide-eyed and excited by this whole process, so I’ve been reading and collecting all the reviews as they come in. Here’s a few of them now:
”I suspect James Harvey is a name you don’t know, but will hear a lot of in the coming months… the comic is just gorgeous. Turning the page you have no idea what you’re in for… The imagery is always compelling and a feast for the eyes.”
”James Harvey is likely to be a name that becomes quickly familiar in the comic book industry… [Harvey] deserves a lot of credit for being able to raise such concepts and questions about beauty and perfection. At times the book looks very modern, and other panels borrow from pop art. What is most impressive is how effortlessly it appears to work… Masterplasty is a fantastic debut.”
"A fun, freaky, and altogether frank look at the psychology behind self-image… Masterplasty is a breath of fresh. It’s unbelievably unique and extremely enjoyable. If you’re looking for something different, pick it up. I can guarantee there’s very little like it on the shelf.”
I’m up against a lot of South Korean artists and then Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Yep. So I’m boned, unless part of the judging involves a live draw-off or a freestyle rap battle. Even then, Alan Moore might be a hot favourite. Still, though! It is the first award I’ve ever been nominated for! So that’s a big deal for me.
Reader! You don’t have to go to Japan to buy this book! It’s coming out in English THIS WEDNESDAY. If your local comic shop is cool they might have ordered some copies in. If not, I guess you can ask them to!
There it is above, in a picture I stole from the Orbital blog. I think it’s the biggest (as in, size) comic that Image have ever put out. I mentioned it before, but I’m doing a signing at Gosh! Comics on saturday (october 4th). Then in the evening there’s a launch party for Bartkira volume two. BUSY.
(As for the next thing I’m doing for Image, I’m learning not to talk about stuff I’m working on until it’s about to come out, so I’ll keep it under my hat for now. But man, I’m excited.)
People without easy access to a local and reliable comic shop have been asking me where they can buy my new book, so dig this: You can now buy the huge 18” tall english language version of Masterplasty in my store.
I added the option to buy multiple copies in case you wanted one to keep and one to wallpaper your house with, or something like that. Here’s a photograph showing exactly how big these suckers are. My foot is there for scale. Then the K’Nex Toad figurine is there so you can get a sense of the scale of my foot (it is the size of an adult man’s foot).
Your art (especially for Consentacle) reminds me a lot of Asano Inio. If you don't know of this artist, you should definitely check him out! His story "Solanin" is a fantastic exploration of depression, truly.
-Oh wow! Thanks a lot. That’s really flattering. A few people have told me that Inio’s Oyasumi Punpun is one of the most exciting things to happen in comics in recent years but I haven’t gotten round to reading it. I really should.
Here’s some of my favorite cards I drew for Naomi Clark’s CONSENTACLE. It’s an alien tentacle sex card game (yes!) built around “trust, intimacy and communication” between players. It just debuted over at NYU’s No Quarter exhibition. I’m looking at some of the photos over on Naomi’s twitter. I don’t know the rules of the game back to front but it looks like you get to wear plastic tentacles on your fingers while you play, which instantly puts it a cut above all the card games where that doesn’t happen.
I don’t know what the plan for this thing is or if it’ll ever become commercially available, but it would be pretty good, right? If you want to buy this yourself, you should probably bug Naomi about it on her twitter.
Hi, I live outside the US, how can I buy Masterplasty?
You can get it anywhere you can get Image comics. Just go in to your local comic shop and ask ‘em to order it! The US comic industry uses a distribution company called Diamond who I believe ship to comic stores worldwide.
I’m going to be doing an in-store signing of my book for Image on the 4th October at Gosh! Comics, London at 2-3pm. Then, that evening there’s an event to promote the launch of the second volume of Bartkira. Thanks to Hannah from Gosh! for the photo.
This is a pudding I invented today. It’s a delicious, cheap and futuristic-looking dessert made from common household items. It’s also a pretty great vegan alternative to ice cream. All you need is a green popsicle, Stevia™ sweetener and soya milk. Crush the popsicle into a bowl of soya milk and add the sweetener to taste. You can also use frozen green fruit juice. It’s called Green Mile (With Michael Clarke Duncan (The Part Where Michael Clarke Duncan Goes To The Electric Chair))
This is my first time ever in the Diamond Previews catalogue. I got a double page spread!? (Apparently, that’s unusual for a first-timer). I remember reading about Diamond Previews when I was 16 and trying to figure out how to self-publish comics, so it’s kind of a big deal to finally find myself in there. Thanks Camila at Orbital Comics, London for taking the picture (TOO SLOW, Hannah at Gosh Comics, London)
I’m in Orbital Comics, London right now busily preparing for the launch of our Gallery show at 7pm tonight. You can read a little about the show at Orbital’s website. Here’s my bio from the site-
"James had a dream he met Prince and asked him what kind of art he would have made if he was a visual artist. Without missing a beat, the tiny singer said “it would be dangerous. And sexual.” Upon waking, James knew he had to devote his life to making the art Prince would have made had his life taken that path.
"A lot of people have said that James is the Prince of the comics and animation world, and all in press releases that James wrote himself. “He’s exactly like Prince, if Prince was a pale, gangly, half-scottish comics nerd in a checked shirt’, said a real man, today. Like Prince, James is a dedicated artist who marches entirely to the beat of his own drum. Like Prince, James has a restraining order placed on him by none other than Carmen Electra. Like Prince, he will one day die fighting in the laser gorilla war of 2057.
"After studying film and working in animation, James found his way into drawing and writing comics. His book “Masterplasty” is about to come out with Image in october. He’s also working on another thing for them and a book for the UK’s Blank Slate called ‘Zygote’, some pages of which can be seen at this exhibition."