Today, we’re taking the Art Appreciation Moment and giving it a unique twist.  Instead of featuring sketches, or finished pieces from previously published work, we’re taking a look at Sean Gordon Murphy’s work from the upcoming Joe the Barbarian series by Grant Morrison and published by Vertigo.

Here’s a two page spread I just finished after 3 days.

The kid is in a dream state where he’s seeing all his toys come to life as they’re fleeing their village after an attack. It’s fun to create generic characters based off of existing characters, but to change them just enough to avoid legal problems. Then add screws on their joints and–presto–now they’re toys.

And drawing a Transformer that turns into a yellow CRX (my first car) means I can die happy.

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Very cool.

Here’s how Grant Morrison describes the series

I’ve wanted to do one of those Narnia-style worlds in a wardrobe-type stories but I didn’t want to do it until I had the energy and time to do it. It’s about a little kid who has diabetes, which makes you hallucinate if you don’t take your medicines. And something happens to him in his home. The Hollywood pitch is “Home Alone” meets “Lord of the Rings.”

via Deviant Art


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. I really liked the way the writer Tony Chromatic covered Sean in his interview on Media Disorder. I think its nice you guys also gave him props here.

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