It’s fairly likely, dear reader, that you are sitting at home, scrolling through your celebrity gossip sites and wishing two things: 1) that Beiber would just give up Selena already and call you back; and 2) that your favourite celebrities would create stuff you can buy, hold close, then put in your shrine. Like comic books.
Now, it’s fairly unlikely that Shia LaBeouf falls under the banner of “your favourite celebrities.” But he’s probably high up there, just under George Clooney, Snooki, Rupert Grint and Jesus.
Fortunately for his fan
s that isn’t aren’t you, Mr. LaBeouf is making comics. That’s right, the guy who spends most of his onscreen time running from stuff and looking bewildered is a comic book artist. Don’t believe it? Check out this awesomely sycophantic Rolling Stone article*. Also available is a gallery of some of Mr. LaBeouf’s work.
*Note to Rolling Stone: when someone is a millionaire, they are not “underground.”
As you can see, Mr. LaBeouf is a perfectly capable artist, if not the most prolific or polished. Some may call it “raw.” Others would call it “lazy.” As usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle, right around the “incomplete and rushed” zone.
You probably shouldn’t expect too much from the star of Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark
Side of the Moon. But if you put aside Mr. LaBeouf’s stardom, well… You probably still shouldn’t expect too much from a book titled Let’s Fucking Party.
Grammar nazis will be driven nuts by Mr. LaBeouf’s clear disregard for proper use of “you’re” and the name of one of his projects, “Cheek Up’s.” That said, a simple grammar error didn’t stop The Old 97’s from rockin’ out for the last 20 years.
It’s easy to dismiss these as simple vanity projects, but there’s more to it than that. Mr. LaBeouf doesn’t just slap his name on some comic baring his likeness. He doesn’t just plot some lame Transformers spin-off. Instead, he makes weird-ass comics, which is, well, brave.
A ton of celebrities have done comics before. In fact, the once-relevant KISS is putting out a new comic series soon and it’s called “Dressed to Kill, part 1.” If you’re old, you’ll remember the KISS comics from the late ’70s and early ’80s. The ones that are responsible for the lamest X-Man, Dazzler.
So thanks a lot, KISS. What are you going to bring us next, a mutant with a long tongue that wears gaudy costumes and is kind of old and creepy – oh wait…
Anyway, Mr. LaBeouf is opening himself up to criticism from just about everyone, especially the most unforgiving of publics – the internet. He’ll probably be flamed to a crisp, so it’s commendable that he would put this work out there.
It’d be tough to imagine that he cares about being criticized, though. I mean, at the end of the day, he’s still a multi-millionaire that can lose fights in Vancouver whenever he wants.
It’ll be interesting to see what the majority of the public’s response will be. Longbox of Awesome prediction? A loud, resounding “meh.”
Just for fun, here is the list of celebrities who should make comics, but haven’t. Yet.
1. Clint Eastwood – how badass would that be?
2. Randy Quaid – don’t act like you wouldn’t read that beavershit crazy manifesto.
3. Orlando Bloom – about the one year where he dressed up as a lady and nobody noticed.
Anyone else? Leave it in the comments.