July 16, 2013 2:19pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comic-Con Exclusive: 'Big Bang Theory' Artist Series to Debut
The Big Bang Theory is becoming its own work of art.
Producers Warner Bros. Television will unveil The Big Bang Theory Artist Series this week at San Diego Comic-Con. The series will feature original works of art inspired by the show and created by select artists from around the world.
Seven original pieces will be displayed at the Warner Bros. booth at the San Diego confab, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. Limited edition lithograph prints will also be available for purchase through the Huckleberry booth on the convention floor. Additional pieces of work from the series, from Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, as well as other exhibitions and merchandise inspired by the geek-meets-chic line will be unveiled throughout the year.
WB invited artists from around the globe to collaborate on the series, offering their interpretations of TV's No. 1 scripted comedy, its characters and themes. The response produced works from artists in Korea, Mexico, the U.K., Italy, Germany and the U.S. An array of mediums and styles -- including digital and illustrations -- are included in the series.
To view the first installment, visit the WB booth, #4545, on the convention floor; 250 limited-edition offset lithographic prints of Martin Hsu's Big Bang Cats (pictured below) and Jerrod Maruyama (Little Big Bang Theory, pictured above) can be purchased for $45 at the Huckleberry booth, #3449. Hsu and Maruyama will be on hand to sign prints on Friday at the booth at a time to be determined.
A description of the first seven in the series follows:
• Big Bang Cats by Martin Hsu. The San Francisco artist found inspiration in the peculiar feline characteristics of cat breeds when looking for a perfect match for the eccentric Big Bang characters.
• Little Big Bang Theory by Jerrod Maruyama. Specializing in character concept and design, the freelance illustrator looks for the “cute” in everything and found a natural fit with these adorable cartoon characters in an almost toylike Kawaii homage.
• Zero2Hero by Dez Einswell. As part of his signature style, the artist draws out the iconic nature of each character, blending both superhero and fanboy imagery.
• Doctor Cooper by Nan Lawson. The self-taught Silverlake illustrator found inspiration in Sheldon Cooper’s charming and humorous perspective of how the world works.
• Friendship Formula by David Zajdman X Munky King. Using Munky King’s Omi (designer toy) aesthetic, Zajdman presents his own variable on Sheldon Cooper’s “Friendship Algorithm.”
• In the Beginning There Was Nothing Which Exploded by Richard J. Oliver. The Welsh artist creates a visual representation of the Big Bang characters in the old comic book style fused with that of more contemporary graphic novels.
• The Big Bang by Sakiroo Choi. The internationally prominent Korean illustrator and artist was inspired by Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking research, as well as scientific themes found in The Big Bang Theory. This piece expresses the idea that the singular Dr. Sheldon Cooper -- similar to a black hole -- is unaffected by the gravitational pull of everything that surrounds him.
The Big Bang Theory's panel will be held Friday at 10 a.m. Stay tuned to THR's The Live Feed for more Big Bang Theory news from Comic-Con. Check out Maruyama's piece, below.