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, Aug 01, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Spaceman Jax - Sheer, dumb luck

Curio & Co. looks at how seemingly dumb characters, like classic 1960s animated TV character Spaceman Jax, can be so successful. Image from Curio and Co. of Spaceman Jax from the vintage comic Spaceman  Jax Through the Mantagon Minefield.

A hero with a heart of gold, but the intellect of a Ploridian Lunar Beast.

Spaceman Jax isn’t the brightest star in the galaxy, not by a long shot. He consistently makes mistakes – and miscalculates, misfires and just generally misunderstands the situation. So how is he so successful in all of his adventures?

For starters, he isn’t exactly stupid. No, really. Stay with me here. Even Jax’s close friends would have to admit that, although I’m sure they’re sometimes tempted to think otherwise. Jax demonstrates average intelligence and general knowledge, as well as skills in a range of areas from navigation and spaceflight to defense tactics and combat strategies. It’s just that his thoughts and his actions don’t really add up.

His first problem is that he drastically underestimates the risk of an action or situation. Artie’s told him (and us) repeatedly that those zandabite crystals he ships for a living are volatile and have to be treated with care if you don’t want them exploding. But nearly every episode Jax is tossing them about as if they were made of foam because he just doesn’t see the danger. And since Artie is always keeping an eye out, Jax is never around when they do explode. So as far as he’s concerned, there isn’t any cause for alarm. This is true for all kinds of situations – Jax puts himself (and quite frequently, those he’s in the process of rescuing) into danger for the simple reason that he doesn’t see the danger as being all that serious. He sees that nothing bad has happened to him so far, so there is no reason to think that anything will happen in the future.

It’s his overwhelming belief in himself, however, that really causes the trouble. Spaceman Jax is not just self-confident; he has an unshakable faith in his abilities that makes him overestimate what he can actually do. As a result, he trusts his gut and doesn’t bother to look before he leaps. Of course, this makes him seem rash and impulsive to others who don’t have as much confidence in his instincts. And just like underestimating the risks, his own (over)estimation of his abilities seems to him to be justified since he always manages to succeed through the help of his friends, and through sheer dumb luck.

Maybe all of this just goes to prove that Spaceman Jax is definitely the luckiest man in the galaxy. But in true Spaceman Jax form, he’s just too dim to realize it.

, Jul 29, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Spaceman Jax Comics Coming Soon!

Curio & Co. announces a sneak peek at the Spaceman Jax comic for visitors to San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Image of Spaceman Jax - Through the Mantagon Minefield comic, courtesy of Curio and Co.

Comic-Con got a sneak peek of another jewel.

Comic-Con is always a lot of fun: big stars, great swag and aisles and aisles full of amazing collectibles that turn you into a kid again. But maybe one of the best things about Comic-Con is getting an early sneak peek at exciting things to come. So Curio & Co. was very excited to share a soon-to-be-released treasure from the vault with visitors to Comic-Con.

In October of this year, we’ll be officially releasing 1000 copies of the first issue of Spaceman Jax comics, Spaceman Jax – Through the Mantagon Minefield. But if you just can’t wait that long and you’re heading to Comic-Con, you can get your hands on them before anyone else.

These are the comics you remember reading as a kid. Spaceman Jax – that intrepid but dimwitted hero from the animated series Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures – saving the day and causing mayhem in an adventure adapted from the screen by Ringer Comics.

Reading new comics today just feels different. Maybe it’s the paper. In today’s comics the paper is glossy but cold; comics back then had paper that was softer. Sure, this might have caused the inks to bleed a bit or push the registration off a little, but there was something more accessible and friendly about those old Solver Age comics.

This one is 48 pages of galactic hijinks along with the original ads and the charming letters to Spaceman Jax section. I wonder where those kids are today?

You can pre-order the comic online, but you’ll still have to wait to get it. But once you do, you’ll want to sit down right then and there and read it right away!

, Jul 21, 2014
by Ned Wazowski

Comic-Con Panel Discussion on Tricky Books

Curio & Co. announces a panel discussion for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with Calista Brill of First Second Books, Peter Maresca of Sunday Press Books and Dave Marshall of Dark Horse Comics, hosted by Curio and Co.

Join Curio & Co, for a look at Horror Stories of Creating Comics.

We are thrilled to be organizing a discussion panel at Comic-Con this year, and we hope you can join us.

The panel, called ‘Horror Stories of Creating Comics: How to produce tricky books’, will be chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories of making some of the most interesting books around. We’ll be discussing the red flags to watch out for on the long journey to get the details right… with our friends Calista Brill (Senior Editor, First Second Books), Peter Maresca (Editor, Sunday Press Books) and Dave Marshall (Editor, Dark Horse Comics) and sharing hilarious stories of where things went wrong.

Producing complicated and unusual books takes more than just ink and paper – sometimes it takes blood, sweat and tears. For anyone who’s ever been interested in making their own books, join us for this funny but informative discussion!

Thursday July 24th from 8-9PM in Room 30 CDE at the San Diego Convention Center.

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