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Gumby Appears in New Comics and Graphic Novel

We are thrilled to announce that Gumby has an all-new series of comics by Papercutz, the #1 publisher of kids’ graphic novels. Three brand new issues launched beginning in July 2017, and Gumby’s first graphic novel, Fifty Shades of Clay, debuted in November. In the true spirit of Gumby, these comics are for all ages. Each issue features three unique stories that harken back to the spirit of the original Gumby shows. The books were created by talented comic all-stars, who infused their own unique perspectives on Gumby. Printed in very limited runs, these comics are bound to become collector’s items. >Get yours here before they are gone.

Gumby Graphic Novel - 50 Shades of Clay

Reviews

“Gumby is such a singular entity in the pop culture landscape that his re-introduction back into the popular consciousness here packs a strong, nostalgic punch while retaining the vintage, innocent sheen of the early morning cartoons.” – Comics Beat

“Why do I have a feeling that Gumby will be a dark-horse contender for an Eisner next year? Because weirder things have happened. The premiere issue has a Kyle Baker story and that’s an incredible start.” – 13th Dimension Hot Picks for the Week

“Funny, well-rendered, and the right kind of weird and sure to call back memories of a simpler Saturday morning kind of fun.” – Newsarama

The Issues

The first story is Issue #1, “An Alien Abundance,” is written by Papercutz Assistant Managing Editor (and resident Gumby fanatic) and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jolyon Yates.  Gumby once again meets the triangle people from the very first Gumby episode, “Moon Trip.” Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist Kyle Baker has written and illustrated (in his unique art style) a story entitled, “Model-y Crew” in which Pokey brings home a model he meets at the supermarket. Acclaimed writer Ray Fawkes and Jolyon Yates worked together to create a fun adventure about Gumby and Pokey in the land of ice cream for the third story. Veteran Gumby comics illustrator Rick Geary (who contributed to Gumby Comics in 2005) created the whimsical cover illustration.

Gumby Comics Issues 1-3Issue #2 follows with “Goos’ Gone,” in which our hero and his friends take a whirlwind tour of Paris in search of the Goo, who’s missing. Jeff Whitman (writer) and Jolyon Yates (artist) teamed up for this opening story. Mike Kazaleh’s story, “The Sour Note,” refers to a character from the ‘60’s Gumby series, who is a throwback to Paul McCartney. Next, Gumby and Pokey become Ninja in “All That Nin-Jazz” in this third story by Sholly Fisch and Jolyon Yates. The cover features a well-known painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir with some comical updates by Ryan Jampole.

In Issue #3, Gumby turns “Green with Envy” when a fellow musician woos Tara. Yes, even Gumby can lose his cool once in a while. Eric Esquivel, a true-green Gumby fan, put pen to paper in this opening story, while Jolyon Yates whipped up these dramatic illustrations. Andy and Veronica Fish wrote and illustrated, “The Treasure of the Obellos” in which Gumby goes for a deep sea dive. In “Gumby’s Gran Adventure,” written by Jeff Whitman and illustrated by Jolyon Yates, Granny takes Gumby on a trip to Hawaii orchestrated by the Blockheads. You won’t believe what those troublemakers are up to now. Art Baltazar created the whimsical cover art.Image from Nin-Jazz story

Gumby in 50 Shades of Clay

The stories from Issues 1-3 were compiled into a graphic novel format to create, 50 Shades of Clay. Gumby’s first graphic novel!

Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier explained, “Whether you fell in love with Gumby’s classic TV show years ago or if you’ve always been curious about Gumby and Pokey, but never explored their world, Gumby, 50 Shades of Clay is for you. While some comic book characters have changed drastically with the times, Gumby has remained consistent, colorful, creative fun. His core of goodness, his heart, his innocence will never change. The world may have become a much darker place, but Gumby can deal with it. He’s Gumby, dammit!”

Writer Jeff Whitman shared his Gumby wisdom with an interviewer with Freaksugar.Gumby Land of Ice Cream images

You can read more about these incredible artists and writers on the Papercutz’ website.

More Great Reviews from Publications and Fans

“The art is fantastic and illustrates Gumby and Pokey beautifully. They are just how you originally remember them.” – First Comics News

“Captures the feeling of old cartoons. There is a strong emphasis on friendship, energy, and a touch (or several) of the charmingly weird.” – Adventures in Poor Taste!

“Papercutz is putting some major talent on the book.” – The AV Club

“As someone who grew up with original old-school Gumby adventures, and then raised a second generation Gumby fan through the new adventures, we have collected all the Gumby comic books over the years, the 3D issues and Gumby Gang stories, but we are happiest with this new series from Papercutz that really gets back to the heart of Gumby! All the old characters we know and love are back, along with the new generation favorites, the Clayboys, Lowbelly, Tara and Ginger.

Comic Image by Kyle BakerEach story is uniquely handled by fun contemporary artists like Kyle Baker, Eric Esquivel, Andy and Veronica Fish, and Jeff Whitman’s stories are spot on classic Gumby! The right blend of old and new is there as we catch up on what Gumby, Pokey, Prickle and Goo are up to nowadays, imaginative and clever, this collection is a great way to introduce your kids to Gumby.” – Brenda R.

“Great stuff! The creative teams behind these stories really show off their passion for all things Gumby. As a newcomer to the Gumby-Verse, this was a great jumping-on point for a new generation of fans to fall in love with Gumby. I’m sure older fans will also enjoy all of the callbacks to more obscure characters and how these teams have captured the essence of the series. Can’t recommend it enough!” – Megan N.

You can get yours at gumby.com.

 

 

 

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Great Lessons – Gumby in Our School Communities

As we’re settling into the new school year routine, opening our books and our minds, we look at what we have learned and still can learn from Gumby.

Gumby creator Art Clokey was a huge proponent of learning. Early in his career, he spent a few years as an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California. Art loved to read and wanted his Gumby episodes to encourage children to seek out information. He wished to spark their young imaginations and spur them to read into new adventures… just as Gumby and Pokey can walk into any book and find themselves in an historic or futuristic time and place.

Blockhead classGumby’s fun adventures give us a glimpse into history or introduce us to other cultures and people. Gumby has helped George Washington, he whirled with the Dervishes, tamed dinosaurs and chanted with Kachinas. What a creative introduction to significant people, places and events of the past!

This image from the 1980’s Gumby episode, “Blocks in the Head,” reminds us of the significance of the name of the two mischievous trouble makers in Gumby’s world… the Blockheads. Art shaped their heads into blocks to represent square thinking! Gumby models being flexible, creative, using imagination and diving into books as the alternative to being a Blockhead.

Even today, Gumby continues to be an inspiration in our schools…

Musical Creativity

Last spring the Gumby Central gang had the privilege of attending an amazing musical performance inspired by Art Clokey’s works. Secondary school band director Ralph Martin, at the Vacaville Christian Schools in California, obtained permission from the Clokey family to use the musical scores from “Gumby on the Moon” and “Gumbasia” in his lessons and for a non-profit concert.

Radio Jazz performance

The sixth through twelfth grade students in the school’s jazz ensemble, Radio Jazz, practiced for months. They transposed and performed the actual music from “Gumbasia” at their concert in March 2012. View the “Gumbasia” performance.

After listening to the original music to “Gumby on the Moon” and watching the episode on video over and over, the students composed their own original music with several movements to correspond with the passages in the video. The episode was shown on the large screen behind the band as they soulfully blended the hip and mysterious melodies they had written to evoke Gumby’s extraterrestrial experience. See the “Gumby on the Moon” performance.

What talent and creativity! The professional performance quality earned the band gigs as an opening act at the world-famous Yoshi’s jazz club in San Francisco. Congratulations! We applaud Ralph Martin for his dedication and unique approach to teaching. We know the talented students in Radio Jazz will go far.

Stretch for Excellence

In Florida a number of school districts are participating in a program called Stretch for Excellence, a campaign to motivate students and staff to stretch beyond the normal, expected outcomes and to never give up. It is designed to foster that “can do” life attitude that helps a person excel in our information age.

Gumby Stretch for Excellence in Florida schools

The program started first with teachers and support staff in a public school in Florida. They received much needed recognition through the 3” and 6” bendable Gumby, a token or reflection how “flexible” they had been.

Each month honorees were awarded the coveted “Gumby Award.” The program was so successful that it expanded to include students and has been used each year since its initiation in 2009. Gumby green can be found in almost every office and in many classrooms. More and more enthusiastic students challenge themselves as the concept continues to spread to new districts.

Keep on stretching for excellence! As Gumby has shown, learning can be fun.

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