Larry Marder’s Beanworld is a most peculiar comic book experience. It’s a self-contained fantasy bionetwork with its own rules and lingo. Beanworld explores themes of conservationism, culture, and the benefits of art to society. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately, they depend on each other for survival. Marder’s deceptively simple artwork has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for three decades, earning a spot on the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List.
“Beanworld isn’t as place, it’s a process” says Marder, and then he adds “I’m also a firm believer in Marcel Duchamp’s observation that it is the viewer that makes the picture.”