Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Comics to Film :: Elephant Graveyard

tomer :: towards the end of the last century I've started working on a fictionalized biography in comics form of Johnny Weissmuller, one of the early actors who played Tarzan on the silver screen. I've watched those black and white movies as a child and the most memorable detail was the one communicated by my dad after the screenings-- the actor's later years, which where spent in an insane asylum believing himself to be Tarzan, walking the halls and ripping the air with his trademark Tarzan scream. An invitation from Jim Higgins to create a story on the theme of identity for a comics anthology he was editing (called New Thing) prompt the whole project into gear and a slim fourteen pager found it's way into print. the story attempts to imagine Weissmuller's last day, reminiscing on his time as Tarzan and as a (problematic) Hollywood player without the ability to tell apart fiction from reality and past from present. Now, almost a decade later, the comics was picked up by filmmaker Avi Belkin who created a short film based on it. the film is currently playing the festival circuit. as you can see bellow the art in the comics leaves much to be desired to put it mildly, but it was a chance to look at some obligatory comics to film moments and a few other production shots.


  1. Wow. I had no idea that happened to Johnny Wiessmuller. I'd like to learn more about that.

    The story looks great, and I'd like to try and see the short film as well.
    Well done.

  2. I LOVE Elephant Graveyard! It made me cry and impressed the shit out of me when I first read it. I used to reread that story a lot, and showed it as an example of creative comics storytelling to anybody who'd listen (even got to show it at a comics class). When I was still working at a comic store I used to sell The Placebo Man by saying it was worth the price of admission for "Elephant Graveyard" alone. I hope the film turns up online somewhere! :) I miss your comics, Tomer! Make more!

  3. Awesome concepts and works man !!! :)

  4. Anonymous7:58 AM

    I agree with what r said above. stand out in placebo man. absolutely amazing!

  5. I bought the New Thing anthology at either SPX or MOCCA solely for this story...It still stands out in my memory even though I have no idea where that book is now. Would love to see the film version some day.

  6. I still like this art. I just sold a big pile of books, but kept New Thing for your story.

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