Monday, September 18, 2017

Joe Kubert's Birthday!!!

Mr. Kubert was very nice and encouraging. He had a passion for teaching, drawing, and fighting for the underdog.


We will try to post part of an interview soon.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Claremont, Len Wein, Wolverine & X-Men connection

Claremont started on the X-Men when Len Wein was the Editor-In-Chief at Marvel comics. Claremont, along with Dave Cockrum and John Byrne, made the X-Men the hot property for several years. But before that, Wein and Cockrum created the game changing Giant Size X men, with the all new diverse cast of characters.

recently the Hollywood Reporter spoke with Claremont. he worked alongside Wein, who apparently had the only real office with a door. He was there when Cockrum and Wein worked on Giant Size X-Men 1. shortly thereafter the Giant size books were cancelled and the X-men, regular series returned with Claremont at the helm of the writing chores.

Claremont spoke about Wein, "He loved the medium, and more importantly, he loved the craft."

A note from Alan Moore to Len Wein when they first started on the seminal book.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dr. Soltero presents at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017

The presentation was a success with great artists, volunteer models, and artists of all ages.

Check it out for the next few days--where else can you find Buzz Aldrin.

Soltero was a little under the weather but was able to make it for the late evening event.

There is an interactive STEAM component--bring your kids, students.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bernie Wrightson has died-- fame with DC , Swamp Thing, and Batman

Mr. Wrightson died from brain cancer. He was famed for drawing Frankenstein, Swamp Thing, and Batman.

Dr. Soltero met him in Sacramento, a cordial conversation was had, and Steve Engelhart was there as well.

Wrightson originally show a strong influence from Frank Frazetta and Graham Ingels, later he developed his own version of Franklin Booth inspired Frankenstein images that are uniquely his own.
This work is very impressive.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dr. Soltero presents/demo at Wonder Con 2017

Emilio Soltero will present a figure drawing demo on Saturday afternoon.
He will draw/demo the figure from any angle, and without reference.

Saturday April 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 210

Professionals, beginners, and cosplayers welcome.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Vanguard colorist , Cory Adams passed away.

The great colorist, Cory Adams passed away on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016.
She painted incredible pages on the Muhammed Ali and Superman book. She was the ex-wife of Neal Adams. She started with traditional color art on comics, then blue line work, and later with photoshop. Her work was often seen in products from Continuity Studios.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jerusalem: A complex and compelling new novel by Alan Moore!

The new Alan Moore novel will be published within a week. I recommend his work to those unfamiliar with his work as he has much to offer. He has often delved into historical, spiritual, mystical, and political themes. He has worked on this novel for many years and it is finally here. Like the Voice from the Fire much of the piece revolves around Northampton, his birthplace, and its linkage to past, present, and future experiences.

Here is an excerpt from Jerusalem, the scene taking place as an artist is starting restoration of a fresco:

"...  With a bleak, numb horror moving up his spine Ern realised that without its modelling disturbing the almost-flat plane on which it was described or breaking from the confines of its two-dimensional domain, the angel’s massive face was turning slowly, still within the surface of the fresco, to regard him with a gaze that was head-on." 

"Every note of it seemed to be spiralling away in countless fainter and more distant repetitions, the same tones at an increasingly diminished scale until these split into a myriad still smaller echoes, eddying minuscule whirlwinds made of sound that spun off into the persistent background thunderclaps and disappeared."
Alan has always managed to explore, time, space, and the glue that binds them, showing the magic behind our "reality."
"...In the few moments that had actually elapsed since the commencement of the episode Ernest had clutched at and as soon discarded several desperate rationalizations of his situation. It was all a dream, he thought, but then knew instantly that it was not, that he was wide awake, that those teeth on the left side of his mouth still ached, with those upon the right retaining fragments of fried bread from breakfast. He decided that it was a prank, perhaps accomplished with a Magic Lantern, but was instantly reminded that the pictures cast by such devices do not move."
Moore is also effective at breaking up and holding moments in time, with all of their psychological underpinnings.
Moore's favorite chapter is on Lucia Joyce, where he uses a complex invented language throughout, reminding me of his first chapter of the Voice of the Fire.
Excerpted from Jerusalem by Alan Moore. Copyright © 2016 by Alan Moore. Published by Norton's Liveright Publishing Corporation in the US, and Knockabout in the UK. All rights reserved.
Jerusalem will be available as a three volume edition as well.

The cover image is by Alan Moore, who is also an artist. He started out his career drawing and writing, including bouts of Maxell the Cat, a Godzilla illustration, and much more. Check out his other projects including Electricomics.