Good friend and fellow Batman aficionado Andy Fish asked if I would take part in a show at Friendly Neighborhood Comics celebrating 75 years of Batman. Naturally, I can't say no to either Andy or Batman.
I'm putting the finishing touches on my illustration as we speak which features Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder surrounded by their big four baddies: The Riddler, Joker, Penguin and Catwoman.
A number of elements inspired the piece. One of which being Tim Burton's initial character sketches for both Joker and Catwoman. And Lewis Wilson's costume for the 1943 Batman serials. The '43 Batman has gotten the unfortunate distinction of being "unwatchable". This is actually not the case. The subsequent serial in 1949 is actually the one that I can't even watch for three seconds before I eject it from my DVD player. Robert Lowery, the actor who took over for Wilson for that series, actually needed to be given oxygen in between takes because he was so horribly out of shape.
I kid you not.
Despite its myriad of shortcomings, technical or otherwise, the 1943 serial is actually highly entertaining. And its the first time Batman appears on celluloid.
Friendly Neighborhood is also having a call of artists. Here's the info:
Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham Ma is unveiling a new gallery component to the store and the first show is coming up fast!
75 Years of Dark Knights: BATMAN!
Celebrate 75 years of Batman with YOUR interpretation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s legendary creation. Open call—all artists are welcome to submit (see details below) and work will be selected on a juried basis.
All pieces should depict BATMAN and his related line of characters in any medium of the artists choosing. Any era (including imaginary ones) is encouraged—have fun with this!
DEADLINE: Thursday May 22nd is the physical delivery deadline, digital images to be considered for inclusion should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight May 17th. We will notify you by email if your work has been accepted. All works should be shipped via priority mail to ensure they arrive in time for the exhibit. Works will be on display for the opening event Friday May 23rd at 8pm and will remain on display until June 8th.
The artists and Friendly Neighborhood Comics will split the proceeds of all sales 50/50.
Artists are responsible for the delivery and return of unsold works* whether in person or by mail.
Work should not exceed 12x18 in size.
Framed or Unframed will be accepted.
Unframed art will be displayed in Mylar Sleeves.
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION FOR THE ART WILL BE FRIDAY MAY 23 from 8-10pm please bring all your friends!
*all artists have the option of waving return shipping and offering their work (should it remain unsold during the gallery hours) for a no minimum bid auction to be held in July on the premises of Friendly Comics. Artists will receive 75% of the final price for their works sold at the auction. This allows you to save money on return shipping and guarantees you will get something for your artwork.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS SO FAR!!
Brian Stelfreeze, Bob Layton, Trevor Von Eeden, Christos Gage, Mike Briggs, Alison Cowell, Tim Bradstreet, Ramona Fradon, Toby Cypruss, Tony Millionaire, Brian Flint, Bret M. Herholz, Bernie Wrightson, Veronica Fish and Andy Fish.
MORE TO COME!