Friday, April 22, 2011

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Group Show at Dark World Gallery

Just wanted to pass along another great show I'm taking part in. Which just so happens to be taking place the same day as Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 7th. Dark World Gallery on Grafton Street in Worcester MA is having an opened reception for their Sci-Fi and Fantasy Group Show starting at 7PM.

I will be unveiling my latest illustration Legend of the Turtleboy which takes Worcster's iconic Turtleboy sculpture and reimagines it as though it was something right out of The Dark Crystal or Never-Ending Story.

The idea for the show came out of a chat I had with artist Jonathan Hansen after the pin-up show. We had both mentioned our love for movies like The Dark Crystal and I mentioned it would be great to have a Sci-Fi show.

And now I hope you all can come and check it out because it's going to be great!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Boston Comic Con Art

I've finished four more illustrations for Boston Comic Con. One of which was inspired by Tim Burton's original concept art for the Joker. Which I would have actually rather seen them go with for the Joker rather than the cheesy 1980's version of 1930's gangster's outfit they went with.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Elisabeth Sladen

Those who know me very well know I have been a huge fan of Doctor Who for a long time now. And my favorite companion has always been Sarah Jane Smith played by Elisabeth Sladen who first appeared alongside the Third Doctor played by Jon Pertwee and later with the Fourth Doctor played by Tom Baker.

I always got the sense watching the episodes that her character seemed to have more of a connection with Tom Baker. There was this real best friends/school chums type of camaraderie between the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane and you got the impression that the two were good friends off camera as well.

I was very shocked and saddened to find out that Elisabeth Sladen passed away today at 63 from a long battle with cancer. Much like many people I didn't even know she was sick. Which almost seems inconceivable nowadays where it seems like every small shred of information is telegraphed all over the web. Especially when you're in the public eye.

However, I feel like a serious illness should be a private matter for the families going through it and shouldn't be telegraphed all over the web.

I'll miss Elisabeth Sladen. I am glad she did get the opportunity to not only return to the role she made famous in 1973 but also perhaps have bigger success than when she left it.

In the words of Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor: "Till we meet again, Sarah."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Boston Comic Con Pen and Ink Sketches

I just completed five new pen and ink sketches for Boston Comic Con. A couple of them like the Bat-Girl and Robin and the Wonder Woman are retreads from earlier attempts. I thought I did the Wonder Woman (1920's style) better than my earlier effort. The Penguin is actually one I haven't tried yet.

I always liked the character design they did for the Penguin Batman Returns. However, I never cared for the dirty old man persona they gave him.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy 30th That's Entertainment

It's amazing to think That's Entertainment, Worcester's own Pop Culture Emporium, has been around for 30 Years!! I've been going there since sometime around either the 6th Grade or Jr. High School. I got fed up with the "Comic Book Guy" attitude of another Worcester based comic shop on Main Street and I decided I would much rather go to a place where I am told that (imagine Comic Book Guy's voice in your collective heads now) "I am not to read that magazine. This is not a library".

You can argue in his defense all you like but how are you to know if you will like a particular book or magazine unless you take a look inside? Wouldn't you feel totally ripped off getting your issue of Fantastic Four home opening the cover and finding both the story and the art sucked?

One of the things I encourage when I'm doing a show is for people to read my books. If it's not their cup of tea then I would much rather they find out there than to get the book home and be disappointed.

But having grown tired of being reminded a comic book shop and a library are two different entities, I found out there was another comic book store in the area. One that was more customer friendly and actually allowed the customers to look through the books!

From that day forward, with the exception of the years I was going to college, I have been going to That's Entertainment.

So kudo's to TE for 30 years and to all the people who work behind the scenes to make every visit welcomed and enjoyable for me.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Indie Art Market Promo

Well, even though Indie Art Market was JUST last night and the next one is a month away, no time like the present to unveil my latest promo for the next show. This time the artwork is borrowed from a comic book of the television show The Loves of Dobie Gillis to keep in line with the Beatnik theme. No profit is being made in the use of this image. So cool it, you square ;-)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Indie Art Market is tonight!!

Nothing to do on a Tuesday night? Why not stop on down to Indie Art Market happening at Beatnik's Bar TONIGHT from 6pm till 9pm and check out some really great local artists and handmade items!! Hope to see you all there!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Art and Summer Classes are up and running on the WAM website!!

The Worcester Art Museum has just posted my classes for April Art Week as well as my Summer Classes. Scroll down to Classes at the Worcester Art Museum being taught by Bret M. Herholz on the right hand toolbar of my blog and click on the link to the class you wish to sign your child or teen up for.

I will be teaching classes in Cartooning and Pop Art for 8 to 10 and 11 to 13 year old students this Summer.

Classes fill up fast so sign up today!!