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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 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 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.
Issue #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.
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.
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.
Each 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.
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Leading Comics Publisher Papercutz Develops Monthly Comics & Kids’ Graphic Novels Featuring Iconic Character
Joe Clokey, President of Premavision/Clokey Productions and son of Gumby creator Art Clokey, is proud to announce that Papercutz, “the #1 Kids’ Graphic Novel Publisher” will launch a series of new comics and graphic novels featuring the legendary character Gumby–the stop-motion animated TV star and top-selling toy. The first issue debuts on July 5, 2017.
Papercutz is creating new material based on the original hit Gumby television series. The episodes have found a new generation of fans through TV broadcasts, streaming services, YouTube and DVD releases. Gumby has millions of fans worldwide, and toys, DVDs and other merchandise are sold through mass-market retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target, and specialty stores. This resurgence in popularity is driving the creation of new media. Premavision recently announced development of a new television series (in partnership with the Jim Henson Company) and a feature film. With the recent 60th anniversary of the Gumby TV show, the timing is perfect for the character to return to comics.
“I’m always delighted by how the character my father created has touched the hearts of so many people,” observed Clokey. “The proliferation of user-generated content online, the emergence of Gumby centered fan conventions and the huge reception we’ve received at places like Comic Con International show just how important Gumby is to so many people. We wanted to make sure we found a publishing partner who not only appreciated the property but also shared the approach and values that have made Gumby such an enduring character. Papercutz shares our commitment to creating great stories. And they also have some of the biggest Gumby fans I’ve ever met on staff. That made them the ideal choice for a publishing partner.”
The Papercutz Team and Gumby Love
Chief among those fans is Papercutz Associate Managing Editor Jeff Whitman who will be one of the writers on the ongoing comic book series. “I’ve been a Gumby fan for as long as I can remember,” explained Whitman, “And I think Terry [Nantier] and Jim [Salicrup] wouldn’t have known how to deal with me if we hadn’t been selected as the publisher for these characters. Did I wear a full-size Gumby costume to the office to help convince them we should go after this property? Maybe. What I can say for sure is we’re committed to capturing the magic that Art Clokey brought to his creation and that we’ll be exploring all the different settings and characters in the Gumbyverse while staying true to the essence of Gumby. He can jump into any book (with his pony pal, Pokey, too), so the story potential is virtually endless. We’ll also be finding out more about the Blockheads, Gumby’s sister Minga, his friends Prickle and Goo, and more recently introduced characters like his ‘girl friend,’ Tara. These comic will celebrate Gumby’s past, present, and future. As the theme song goes, ‘If you’ve a heart, then Gumby’s a part of you.’”
“Jeff may be the biggest Gumby fan in the office, but he’s certainly not the only comics creator with a love for the property,” observed Papercutz Editor in Chief Jim Salicrup. “We’ve had numerous people approach us about working on the series and I think a lot of people will be excited to hear the first roster of creators we announce.”
Current plans call for an ongoing monthly comic book series to launch in July with the first issue debuting at this year’s Comic Con International. The 32 page, $3.99 issues will feature a lead story and a five-page backup story, which will provide the opportunity for multiple creators to try their hand at the adventures of the “little green ball of clay.”
In addition to the new comic books, the series will be collected in graphic novel format starting in November 2017. “Gumby certainly has a lot of adult fans, but the character is also one of the great kids’ properties,” explained Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. “The graphic novels will let us place the character in bookstores, schools and libraries and reach a whole new generation of fans. It’s a brand-new format for Gumby to explore, and I’m sure he’ll prove just as popular in this category as he has in other media and toys!”
Added Clokey, “Gumby is a timeless character with universal appeal. I’m excited that we’ll be able to share his new adventures with both Gumby enthusiasts and new fans. Working together, we’ll be able to create a new chapter in the character’s rich history.”
GUMBY #1 will be on sale at comic book stores, online retailers and bookstores everywhere on July 5th.Read More »