Yes, There’s A Gumby Graphic Novel Called ’50 Shades Of Clay’

by Hannah Means Shannon

Papercutz is going to be publishing a graphic novel featuring our favorite claymation icon Gumby in November with the salacious-sounding title 50 Shades of Clay.

On November 7, 2017, the book, which features the work of a number of cartoonists, will land featuring both Gumby and his pal Pokey.

Writer Jeff Whitman says:

Gumby is timeless. One of themes we wanted to explore in GUMBY ‘50 SHADES OF CLAY’ is that the character is, dare I say, evergreen but also absolutely relevant to today’s audience. Today Gumby is as optimistic, positive and helpful as when he first appeared, but he lives in the modern world, affected by the current societal issues that face us all. He is being challenged in new ways.

The stories in the volume reflect the work of Kyle Baker, Eric Esquivel, Ray Fawkes, Sholly Fisch, Jolyon Yates, Jeff Whitman, Andy Fish and Veronica Fish, and more,  and “explore Gumby’s place in today’s world”.

In “The Sour Note,” by cartoonist Mike Kazaleh, Gumby and the musician Paul Plunk “come together” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their first encounter (Paul Plunk first appeared in “Piano Rolling Blues,” which can be seen here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x494zb4 and on The Adventures of Gumby: The 60s Series Volume 2 DVD).

In “Green With Envy,” by Esquivel and Yates, Gumby’s girlfriend Tara becomes smitten with the lead singer of the punk band Grimey and the Sleazeballs. This pushes Gumby to emulate Grimey, which causes Gumby to take a walk on the Wild Side.

Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier says:

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’ve become a much darker place, but Gumby can deal with it. He’s Gumby, dammit!

Papercutz will publish Gumby: 50 Shades of Clay in both hardcover and trade paperback editions on November 7, 2017.