Conventions and Sketches
My inbox is becoming full of inquiries regarding pre-con sketch requests and sketching at my remaining shows this year as well as some shows I've already committed to next year. Figured I would cover the subject here...
Pre-con sketch requests: Simply not enough time at home to open a request list.
Pre-con sketches to bring to shows: As of late, not enough time for that either. When my schedule permits enough days between travel, I try to bring a few.
Sketching at conventions: I attempt to create some head sketches or sometimes remarques on books or comics. Unfortunately, that ranges from none to very few depending upon how many folks are lined up for signatures.
BTW, my 2015 convention schedule is still listed in the March 9th post below, with 5 shows remaining through November. I'm starting to select shows for 2016 and will post that information here sometime before year's end. At the moment, planning to do a few less than this year's grueling schedule :-/
Gallery Exhibit in Maryland
A small exhibit of my art is currently on display in the Mosely Gallery at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The pieces in this exhibit, from the collection of Charles Costas, range from preliminary drawings to published art and are available to purchase. For more on the exhibit, visit this page at the University site. For a view of the art on display and pricing, visit this page at Charles' ComicArtFans gallery.
Convention Update 5
I survived my five-weekends-in-a-row convention schedule that culminated with San Diego Comic Con, and now gearing up for 3 weekends in a row,.. Kansas City, Connecticut, and Chicago. That should be easy enough?? Continue to reference my convention list in the March 9th post below to see where I'll be appearing throughout the balance of the year.
You may notice a few things missing from the right sidebar. I'm no longer offering the "Raw Fury" books as mail order items. Very few left of both the hard and soft cover editions and I'll be carrying what I have left to my convention appearances over the next few months. If you're planning to be at one of my August appearances and haven't picked up a copy yet, now is the time! Same goes for the Walking Dead #1 variant cover. Down to just a couple of the color cover version.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to offer some kind words at Des Moines, Charlotte, Miami, Montreal, and San Diego. You're what makes it worthwhile!
Convention Update 4
SDCC is approaching and here's the latest...
My main purpose this trip will be to sign the "Con Edition" of my "Classic Marvel Stories" Artist's Edition. Make sure you stop at the IDW Publishing booth to pick one up and get there early since they are limited. I plan to sit with the IDW crew for a few hours each day. No schedule as of yet but hopefully they'll have something posted at the booth.
IDW's Con Edition cover is from Captain America Annual #8. If you can't make it to the Con, check it out here.
I'll also have some table space to sign comics and offer some prints and books. That will be within the "Big Wow Art" group and most likely be booth number 5002. If it changes I will only be a step or two away so find the Big Wow section and you'll find me. See you there!
Convention Update 3
Adding yet another event to my convention schedule this year. I'll be heading back to the Baltimore Comic Con during the September 25-27 weekend. John Beatty will be joining me this time around so check that off as another stop on the 30th Anniversary Secret Wars Tour this fall! Check the convention list in the March 9 post below for a complete list of show dates and links.
Looking forward to my very first visit to Arizona next weekend. Hope to see some of you at Phoenix Comicon.
Convention Update 2
It's been about 30 years since I last appeared at a convention with Jim Shooter. Starting this summer we're going to be tour buddies again! Once Shooter, Beatty, and I committed to appear at the Florida SuperCon, other organizers saw the benefit of bringing the Secret Wars team together again. This being the 30th anniversary of the original Secret Wars and this being the year that Marvel is publishing a new Secret Wars series, it only makes sense. So something of a "Secret Wars Tour" is forming!
Note that I've added yet another Wizard show to my schedule... Wizard World Tulsa. (see the March 9th post below) I'm also going to note which shows on my schedule will also include Jim Shooter, John Beatty, or both. That way if the "tour" visits a city near you and you want to get a bunch of signatures on your Secret Wars issues with one stop, plan to come see us. If the schedule changes or if the line-up changes, I'll try to update here asap.
Looks like the San Diego Comic Con trip is a go. I'll at least be appearing daily at the IDW Publishing table signing the SDCC copies of my Artist's Edition. I've also added Akron Ohio (November 7-8) to my 2015 appearance schedule in the post below. My frequent inking partner, John Beatty, will also be at Akron Comicon, so a good one-stop signing opportunity for Captain America, Punisher, Secret Wars, and many more books and covers.
2015 Convention Schedule
Plenty of convention travel still ahead of me this year so I'm posting a list of scheduled appearances here for those who are within travel distance of the shows. I'll update the list if there are any additions or deletions (These all look pretty solid with San Diego maybe the only one that isn't 100% locked down yet.)
Click on a convention name to visit their home page...
• Mar 13-15... Indiana Comic Con
• Apr 3-5... Fan Expo Vancouver
• Apr 24-26... Wizard World Las Vegas
• May 7-10... Wizard World Philadelphia
• May 28-31... Phoenix Comic Con
• Jun 12-14... Wizard World Des Moines
• Jun 19-21... HeroesCon (w/ John Beatty)
• Jun 25-28... Florida SuperCon (w/ Jim Shooter, John Beatty)
• Jul 3-5... Montreal Comic Con
• Jul 9-12... San Diego Comic Con
• Aug 7-9... Kansas City Comic Con (w/ Jim Shooter, John Beatty)
• Aug 14-16... Connecticut Comic Con (w/ Jim Shooter, John Beatty)
• Aug 20-23... Wizard World Chicago
• Sep 18-20... Cincinnati Comics Expo (w/ John Beatty)
• Sep 25-27... Baltimore Comic Con (w/ John Beatty)
• Oct 3-4... Hamilton Comic Con
• Oct 23-25... Wizard World Tulsa (w/ Jim Shooter, John Beatty)
• Oct 30-31... Wizard World Austin (w/ Jim Shooter)
• Nov 7-8... The Akron Comicon (w/ John Beatty)
• Nov 20-22... Wizard World Reno (w/ Jim Shooter, John Beatty)
I'm on... for Tampa Bay Comic Con!
The Tampa Bay show has grown to be a major Florida event, so I'm happy that I'm finally finding an opening to attend. It's been many years between Florida shows and I'm hoping to see some familiar faces there. Have a look at their great guest list and other activities at their home page HERE or click the image below.
I'll be there all three days with the possibility of maybe having to leave an hour early on Sunday in order to catch my flight out. I plan to bring both editions of the "Raw Fury" gallery catalog (see post below), the Punisher limited edition print and other prints, and any available sketches. And of course, I'll be signing all day, each day. See you there.
Big Wow exclusive Punisher Print
I mentioned earlier an exclusive color print created for and sold at next month's Big Wow ComicFest. It's printed now, it's the Punisher, it's 11X17 inches on card stock, it's a signed and numbered print and limited to 250 copies.
Available exclusively to Big Wow attendees. Come see me on Saturday for a low number!
Raw Fury: The Art of Mike Zeck
The gallery show featuring over 50 examples of my key original paintings, covers and other art is now underway at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. It opened on April 5 and will be displayed through August 10. This museum event, my appearance at the Big Wow ComicFest in May, the original art display at Big Wow, the limited edition gallery book, and the exclusive convention print at Big Wow are all a result of the efforts of long-time friend and art collector, Charles Costas. Here's some information about the Cartoon Art Museum show in Charles' own words...
"For 2014, instead of focusing on purchases, I wanted to focus a little more on how I could give back to this hobby after my many years of collecting. Starting April 5 at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is an exhibit that is the culmination of many months of work as well as 28 years of collecting. The exhibit Raw Fury: The Art of Mike Zeck is the first retrospective on this artist who is best known for his work on Master of Kung Fu, Captain America, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (including the creation of the Black Spidey costume), Kraven's Last Hunt, G.I. Joe, as well as the classic Punisher Limited Series which redefined the character and made him one of the most popular characters of the 1980's.
"For me, pulling together this exhibit was a thrill. Not only was it a way to celebrate the Punisher's 40th anniversary, but was a way of taking a look back as to why Mike Zeck became one of the most popular comic artists when I was growing up.
"It was hard to pick and choose the pieces to feature. There are over 50 original art pieces in the exhibit. Highlights include:
- All 5 painted Zeck and Zimelman covers from the Punisher series - these have never been seen all together since I first met Mike back in 1986.
- All of Zeck and Zimelman's classic Punisher posters as well as the painted cover to Return to Big Nothing
- All 6 covers to the Kraven's Last Hunt series that appeared across all the Spider-man titles
- The classic Cap vs. Wolverine cover from Captain America Annual #8
- The three most memorable covers from Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars including #1, #8 and #10!
- Some of Mike's classic G.I. Joe covers including G.I. Joe Yearbook #3.
"And there are many more classic pieces - including some vintage ones that have never been seen before!"
And you can click this link to visit the announcement page at the Cartoon Art Museum site.
A 64-page softcover book reproducing the art on display will be available for purchase at the museum. A variant cover hardbound edition will be available at the Big Wow show as an exclusive. The image below is not scanned from the book itself but I think represents the final design for the cover of the musuem edition.
Making plans for Big WOW ComicFest!
My next scheduled convention is the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, CA, May 17th and 18th. Plenty of plans underway for this event... a gallery of my original art at the show, a separate gallery of my original art on display at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, a limited edition gallery book, and a limited edition art print drawn exclusively for the convention. More info on those as the show draws closer.
Walking Dead #1 variant cover Artist Proofs
I did get a limited number of Artist Proof Editions of the Walking Dead #1 cover that was created for Wizard World Ohio during September of last year, both color and black & white cover editions. If you're not aware, Wizard has been producing exclusive variant cover editions of comics for each of their shows, each one by a different cover artist. Last year a number of Walking Dead variants were produced and featured cover art by me, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, Neal Adams, and others
My variant cover editions will be available at my show appearances this year and through Eva Ink Artist Group, while they last. Each one is signed and numbered AP #/100 (color artist proof edition) or BWAP #/100 (black and white artist proof edition). Limited to 100 copies each and priced at $100 per copy. Each book comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
See you at Wizard World New Orleans!
Hope to see some of you in New Oleans this weekend. With all the travel I've done in and outside the US, this will be my first time setting foot in the Big Easy! Finally! Look for me along with Michael Golden at the Eva Ink Artist Group table.
See you at Wizard World Ohio!
Something of a special Wizard World weekend for me since I'm up to bat on the Walking Dead Variant Covers. All ticket holders get one which means I'll be signing a ton!! Look for me along with Michael Golden at the Eva Ink Artist Group table.
OTHER COMICS CHECKLIST GALLERY COMPLETE
More scanning and more rearranging galleries this weekend. The OTHER COMICS galleries in the Checklist section all have content now. Deleted the Charlton Comics separate gallery and placed that stuff in with the Other Comics where it belongs. Also decided against separate galleries for things like trading cards. Very few of them anyway, and those can sit in the Miscellaneous Other Comics gallery or in cases like Topps cards, just include them in the Topps gallery. Some Fanzines scanning ahead of me, and I may finally get the Checklist section wrapped up.
A FEW MORE GALLERIES UPLOADED
Continuing to work on the 'Other Comics' Checklist galleries, but having to pay attention to a small coloring project at the same time. The Dark Horse gallery, with the few covers I produced for them, is active,.. the Editions Deesse gallery, with my limited edition Punisher portfolios, is active,.. and the Devil's Due gallery, with my G.I.Joe work that came some fifteen years after I ended my Joe covers at Marvel, is active as well. Clicking [HERE] will take you directly to the Devil's Due gallery.
BYRON PREISS PUBS GALLERY IS ACTIVE
Been scanning and working under the hood on my site this weekend. Hopefully not screwing up my links in the process! The scanning is part of an effort to make some progress with the 'Other Comics' section of the Checklist galleries. The Byron Preiss gallery is up today and I'll hopefully add more content to the Other Comics section soon.
Some people took my Feb. 15th post to mean I was doing some Captain America work for Marvel again. Not exactly. Disney Publishing was working on a storybook featuring Cap's origin. I was lending a "pencil revisions" hand with that. Not completely sure what's going on with that book at this point since some restructuring of projects placed that particular book back at the Marvel offices before the painting process was completed. Hopefully it will be completed and I will see a copy at some point?
To a much smaller extent, I contributed some pencil revisions to an X-Men origins project for Disney Publishing too.
And to a much larger extent, I contributed some finishing pencils for an 80-page Iron Man coloring and activity book for Disney. That one remains in the Disney offices, will be a black and white publication, is in the hands of an inker now, and is of course aimed at young readers. If I see printed copies of the Disney projects as they're released, I'll note it here on the site.
CAPTAIN AMERICA FOREVER!
Seems that way for me anyway. Since I drew the title some 30 years ago and a number of covers after that, a year hasn't gone by where I haven't drawn some Captain America commissions, or pinups, or recreations, or??? And now I find myself lending a hand on a book again.
I don't think I can say much about it at this point. One of many Cap projects prompted by the upcoming movie I imagine, and will cover the Captain America origin. It's undergoing a fair amount of modifications as it passes through the editorial and approvals process and that's where I come in.
I've been revising some figures, helping to bring some characters "on model", and anything else I can do to help. In the end it will be a digitally painted graphic novel and from the few examples I've seen of finished work, it should look really nice. I'll post more info when I can and will surely mention the book here when it's published. Anyway, that's what has been keeping me busy these past weeks. Into my fourth decade now of an on-again off-again relationship with Steve Rogers.
DC COMICS CHECKLIST GALLERIES ARE NOW ACTIVE
Some more scanning and some more gallery building equals some more progress in the Checklist Galleries. All of the DC Galleries have content now. Kind of time consuming, but still trying to find little pockets of time to keep moving forward on the checklist. Would like nothing better than to check that off the 'bucket list' this year. Hopefully back with more soon!
A LITTLE MORE GALLERY PROGRESS
All Marvel Checklist galleries have content now. At some point I'll get back in there and edit and item or two, but much more to look at today than yesterday. (Pictured below, from the Marvel Miscellaneous Gallery, is Nick Fury wearing Gucci for his appearance in the European fashion magazine, Arena.)