Posted at 10:00 AM Apr 07, 2010
By Jill Pantozzi
I never understood the whole tentacle hentai thing. Squid are cool. Naked ladies are certainly cool. But the two together, sexually? Usually, I'd steer clear, but suddenly I find myself compelled to know more, thanks to artist Ben Templesmith, King of Cephalopods.
You may know Templesmith from his work on 30 Days of Night or Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. If you aren't familiar, let's just say, if he can throw a stray tentacle in there, he will. He loves them, can't get enough of them! He's also fond of drawing pretty, naked ladies, so it was only a matter of time before he combined the two into something spectacular. Or should I say, Tentacular. His new art book is called SquidGirls, and it's safe to say it's meant for adults.
Available only at conventions and www.templesmitharts.com, it's a limited edition book that comes in three versions: Colossal, Kraken and Humboldt. For $50, you can have this 100-page hardcover signed, numbered and with an original painted sketch inside for you. Sign. Me. Up.
Besides nudie books, Templesmith's latest comic work is with writer Ben McCool at Image Comics. Choker, a detective noir, has had the first two issues sell out. Templesmith had this to say on the subject, "I don't know what we've done to have the Space Squid bless us with such luck and support from both publisher and reader alike but I'd like to think it shows that people are still willing to take a punt on brand new creator owned comics and that it's worth putting the time and effort into them." Space Squid?! Hey, whatever works, but McCool is a man after my own heart with his sentiments on their success: "All of our readers deserve a pint for their stellar support!"
The Eagle Award nominations were recently announced and Templesmith is up for an impressive seven awards this year, including Favorite Writer/Artist and Favorite Cover Published During 2009. He's nominated for Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6, which happens to be one of my favorites from last year. No squid involved in that one, though. I should really ask him one day where his obsession with tentacles came from. Then again, I'm not sure I want to know the answer.
Choker #3 is out later this month and SquidGirls is available starting in May.