BOOM! Studios Announces "The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell"
Apr 08, 2019
BOOM! Studios today announced THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL, a brand new art book with scandalous tales, family gossip, illegally obtained medical records, behind-the-scenes character designs, sketches, and illustrations from the twisted mind of the creator of the acclaimed series, The Goon, available in stores October 2019. Celebrate an obscene number of years of low art and high art, failure and success, and the many other mistakes of multi-award winning writer and artist Eric Powell!
In Nashville, Tennessee lives a man, a recluse, a curmudgeonly high falutin’ cartoonist-type who, as a young child, had a penchant for drawing and making up tall tales. It was at the tender age of 18, he turned his back on a promising career in adult film cinematography and followed his heart into the comic book industry. Out of desperation, Eric kept drawing, painting, and then creating his own characters and worlds culminating with the beloved series, The Goon, currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary.
THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks.
Eric Powell is an Eisner Award-winning writer and artist best known for his critically acclaimed series The Goon, which launched in 1999, and quickly became an indie hit with a die-hard cult following. In 2002, Powell launched his own publishing house, Albatross Exploding Funnybooks, which has been home to several creator-owned titles, including his own series Chimichanga and Hillbilly, as well as Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis, Fabian Rangel Jr. and Logan Faerber’s weird war tale ’Namwolf, and Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. In 2019, Powell relaunched The Goon at Albatross in coordination with the book’s 20th anniversary.
“Ten years ago I thought to myself, ‘I’m a multiple award-winning artist who has been at this for a while. It’s probably time to put out an art book.’ And since then many notable jag-offs have had art books published. Including Justin Bieber’s The Art of the Bieb: A Retrospective of Paintings I Made With My Butt. Unfortunately I did not get an art book. What I got is what I always get… THE SHAFT!” said creator Eric Powell. “But then my friend and editor Sierra Hahn said, ‘BOOM! Studios will do it.’ And here we are. On the verge of the publication of a biography about a backwoods idiot who taught himself how to draw pictures for money..”
“He said we were friends? Well, okay then. This fancy art book chronicles the artistic legacy of Eric Powell, a curmudgeon and one-of-a-kind storyteller,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This book is the culmination of a lifetime of experience in the gutters and trenches of the comic book world and an inspiring how-to for up and coming cartoonists who can learn from his many mistakes . . . This book is also home to some of the best cartooning and painterly work I believe this industry has ever known (and that’s not sarcasm).”
THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy The Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David Lopez; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Danielle Di Nicuolo.
Print copies of THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL will be available for sale October 23, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one),