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Behind the Scenes with BENNY BREAKIRON – Part 1

December 11th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments

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As part of the press promotion for the new BENNY BREAKIRON film in France, Peyo’s daughter, Veronique Culliford, wrote a terrific article on her father, his creative process and why Benny holds a special place in her heart. It’s a must read for any Peyo fan!

GROWING UP WITH BENNY

1960 was the year my father decided to create a new comic strip
series. He wanted it to appear in the leading Belgian daily Le Soir, which
was already running his story about a little cat called Pussycat, which
the publisher, Dupuis, wanted for its list. My father agreed to withdraw
Pussycat from the newspaper and hand it over to Dupuis but he was loath
to abandon the newspaper because it had offered him a chance when
was just starting his career. This is why he developed Benny Breakiron.
However, when Dupuis found out about the new work, they actually
preferred it to Pussycat !

My father always created likeable, very thematically structured
characters. After dwelling in the Middle Ages with Johan et Pirlouit
(Johan and Peewit) and the Schtroumpfs (the Smurfs), Benny Breakiron
offered him an opportunity to write stories set in the modern world.
Benny’s visual setting is very 1960s, the era when he was created.
I was only two when the character was unveiled to the public. He really
formed the background to my formative years.

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BENNY BREAKIRON – A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO

My father’s idea in creating Benny Breakiron was to take a stance opposite
that depicted in the case of the American superheroes of the time, so he
invented a character who was not an all-powerful adult but a child who
nonetheless had the ability to react to anything that stirred his anger.
My father always liked to play around with the adult child concept and,
in the case of Benny Breakiron, the hero expresses himself like a child.
His way of thinking is not as articulate as that of an adult, and that
contributes to the light and refreshing feel of his adventures. He has
no qualms about saying what is on his mind. Benny has reached the
age when things can fill him with a real sense of indignation. He cannot
stand injustice.

I was about eight when I first read the adventures of Benny
Breakiron. I started from the beginning, with The Red Taxis. Like all
children I just looked at the pictures to start with. Then, when I was
about 10 or 11, I really started to understand the meaning of the texts.
As with all my father’s books, the adventures of Benny are multilayered,
thus featuring surprises for children of every age. My feeling as a girl
was that Benny needed protecting because he was alone! At times you
long to share his adventures, to put yourself in his shoes, at other times
you want to help him. We can all also relate to him often being rejected
by children of his own age because he is different from all the others.
We are on his side. He evokes strong feelings, even though we know it is
only a comic book. He is also very endearing because his parents are not
around. But he does not seem to be unhappy being alone. He is looked
after at home by his guardian, but we are never told if he might have
parents who have to work far away. I think my father’s approach was
intended to focus on his character, tell Benny’s story rather than getting
involved in the story of a family. Children think about themselves but
not always about their surroundings. This gives his perspective a kind
of authenticity that reminds us all of something.

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As he does not always manage to get close to people of his own
age, Benny has very close relationships with adults. Mr Dussiflard is
a man on his own, and Ms Adolphine is a woman on her own. Benny Breakiron
seeks the company of those who have time for him. He would like to
tell them about his amazing powers but he is always thwarted from
doing so by circumstances! He is not keeping a secret, he just never
manages to share the secret. These are the kinds of things children may
experience and express later on when they reach adulthood. Parents
do not always realise either… I believe it is something quite powerful, a
childhood theme that is particularly relevant nowadays.

Unlike superheroes who are able to do anything they want and
can save the world every day of the week, Benny Breakiron is just like anybody else.
He is incapable of solving a problem if he has a cold. His vulnerability
makes him someone special. He possesses powers that all children
dream of having but he continues to be normal. However, this does not
prevent him from creating one or two disasters to add a bit of spice to
his adventures!

BEHIND THE HELMET: AN INSIDE LOOK AT POWER RANGERS

December 10th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments

It seems preparing for the holidays happens earlier and earlier each year. After Halloween, the stores transform and deck  the halls in green and red.We published “Going Green”,  MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol. 2  last month and the reception has been RED hot (see how we worked in a  Christmas theme?).

POWER RANGERS colorist Mindy Indy posted a behind the scenes look at MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol 2. She explains her favorite scenes, color choices she had to decide and more detail at her coloring process!

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Our MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series caters to fans young and old.  MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #2: Going Green makes an excellent gift for anyone who grew up in the 90s or enjoyed the reruns.  Our POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE and POWER RANGERS SUPER SAMURAI series are  also perfect gifts for fans of the franchise.

NOTES FROM THE DRAWING BOARD: Scott Shaw! Reports From Somewhere Called California

November 17th, 2012 // by JesseG // No Comments

ScottShaw WEB 268x400 NOTES FROM THE DRAWING BOARD: Scott Shaw! Reports From Somewhere Called CaliforniaAloha, Papercutz World! Scott Shaw! here. Since I’ve been at a few recent comics-related events with copies of the free ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION, Jesse asked me to post a travel report, and I’m always happy to both travel and report, so here I am!

First, from October 19-21, I was a special guest of the first annual San Diego Comic Fest in Mission Valley. Other guests included Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Sergio Aragonés Groo The Wanderer), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law, Radioactive Man) and the legendary Murphy Anderson (Hawkman, The Atomic Knights, John Carter Of Mars).

This was a small-ish convention intended to re-create what it was like at the early San Diego Comic-Con Internationals back in the 1970s. Almost a thousand happy fan-folks were there, many of whom made a point of dropping by my table and picking up a copy of ANNOYING ORANGE. Mike Kazaleh was there on Saturday, so both of us wound up signing quite a few of the freebie funnybook previews. In fact, between the Annoying Orange fever at my table and the eight different panels and presentations I had scheduled (including two different versions of my Oddball Comics Live! Show), I never got a chance to walk around the exhibit hall or buy any vintage funnybooks for my collection!

orange cvrBig1 NOTES FROM THE DRAWING BOARD: Scott Shaw! Reports From Somewhere Called CaliforniaThen, on October 28, Mike and I were special guests of the Bakersfield Comic-Con in Bakersfield, a small farming community just east of Los Angeles. Other guests included Nate Watson (Star Wars: Detours, Toy Story comics), Tone Rodriguez (Mars Attacks!; Simpsons Comics) and Mike Hampton (Eagle Eye).

Like the San Diego Comic Fest, this convention attracted about a thousand attendees, but unlike the former event, most of these folks weren’t hardcore comic fans, just people who were curious about the world of comics, gaming, cosplay, etc…and boy, were they crazy about our ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION! We gave out copies willy-nilly, even to (mostly) adults who admitted that they found Annoying Orange to be a bit too annoying for them! (Wotta bunch of wimps!)

Again, it was a very busy day, with another performance of my Oddball Comics Live! show around lunchtime. And speaking of food, after the convention, we were all treated to an outrageous feast at Famous Dave’s barbeque restaurant! Mmm-mm!

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And finally, I’d like to thank David Levy and his staff at Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall in Sherman Oaks for handing out free copies of the ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION to their copious kid customers! Here’s a terrific drawing that Annoying Orange Fan #1, Aidan Jones (age 9), submitted for my (and your) approval! Cool, eh?

Anyway, that’s my report! Hope you dig ANNOYING ORANGE #1: “Secret Agent Orange” as much as Mike and I dug writing and drawing it!

 

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ANNOYING ORANGE #1: “Secret Agent Orange” is on sale December 11, 2012 at bookstores, comics stores, and fruit carts everywhere!