Friday, May 27, 2011

5/27/11 - Next Meeting/Workshop with mini Star Wars TLD!

The Star Wars TLD fun continues at our regular CCG Meeting/Workshop this Sunday, May 29th! For more information see the page tabs for our Meeting/Workshop and Themed Life Drawing  just below our blog banner!

We will also have a guest speaker talking about a local e-magazine that is looking for submissions from local artists work who use digital tools in their workflow.

A North Lexiington comic shop is planning for a Comic/Cinema Art Show in July - come and find out more!

Meet other cartoonists, illustrators and animators living and working in Central Kentucky! Find out about local events and upcoming regional conventions~

Monday, May 16, 2011

5/16/11 - Sunday in Louisville: WonderFest and 21c Cabaret Life Drawing

Gas prices have kept my travel to minimum the last couple of months. But there was too much happening in Louisville this past weekend to discourage me from a road trip!

First there was WonderFest - a great show that hardly anyone one in Kentucky knows about! This is an internationally attended showcase for commercial and garage kit modelers. Fans of Science Fiction and Horror movies are well entertained with the displays and guests. I talked with some acquaintances from past shows: William Stout and Kerry Gammill. Both of whom are very talented artists and were gracious enough to do a sketch for me.

I also met some new faces there - Mike Fredericks is the publisher of the long running Prehistoric Times (Bill Stout and Jim Gurney have been featured in several issues) which is a great resource for comic artists, paleo artists and illustrators who need to study the art and science of portraying dinosaurs.

Next I met the the very nice John Olvevich, who was there for the first time representing his company Glenmarc Industries, Inc. They are the premier supplier of mold making  and resin casting supplies for the garage kit crowd and for many Hollywood special effects studios. He was very interested in mailing connections with sculptors whom he could refer to manufacturers and other customers. If you need to cast something this is company to contact! john had some incredible cast figure samples at his booth from a Chicago area artist, Eduardo Andrade - look for his work to come to prominence very soon!

Then I stumbled on a sculptors table with some really inspired and naturalistic sculptures of dinos. David Silva was making his first visit to WonderFest and blew me away with the painted samples of his work. David is toy sculptor and concept designer for a toy company in NJ by day and dino sculptor in his spare time. Hope to talk more and maybe see him in process sometime soon! Tip: David recommends Greg Paul's "The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs" as a great reference for the latest on saurian anatomy.

Next year I need to plan on attending WonderFest all day or even both days - two hours was not near long enough!

I left about 4:15p to make it downtown to 21c and the Cabaret Life Drawing. It was a small crowd but a fun session. Enjoyed meeting fellow artists Scott McCrory and a  young MICA art student who's name I did not get :-). Wow! Our  model, Desiree, had lots of excellent, if challenging poses! Skylar Smith, the moderator, was her usual calming and generous self! :-)

A stimulating afternoon and evening for sure!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

5/3/11 Free Comic Book Day in the Bluegrass this Saturday

Saturday May 7th, 2011
What Is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.

Watch this space as we try and compile a regional list of events and participating stores! Information is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change.  Please note: quantities are limited for free comics! 

Central Kentucky Free Comic Book Day Events

  • Comic Cosmos - 1560 Hustonville Rd # 101, Danville, KY 40422-2460 - (859) 236-3031
  • A+ Comics - 123 Southland Drive, Lexington KY 40503 - (859) 276-1118
  • Come out and get some FREE comics....We will have sales going through out the store too. Come on in and join us!!! =)
  • Collectibles Etc,115 N Locust Hill Dr #106, Lexington, Kentucky  -  (859) 269-6633
Check out to see which books are this week's KEY books.--FIRST--
WE are going to open ONE HOUR EARLY @10:00 AM
10:00 to 2:00 ~ We will focus on KIDS ACTIVITIES
1) Show up
2) Get Free Comics
3) ONE DAY SALE. SAVE on almost EVERYTHING in the store.
4) Special Guests!!!
5) BLANK COMIC BOOKS (while supplies last)
--Buy a BLANK #1 MARVEL Comic and have LOCAL Artists create your own personal VARIANT COVER. $5.00-$20.00
2:00 to 3:00 MARK KIDWELL will be signing the (sold out) '68 #1!!
(he's got some free comic day image stuff too)
3:00 to 8:00 ~ LIVE ART SHOW. Watch an artist start with a blank page and finish with a piece of art. Then buy their art. And those meddling kids from BOUCOUP POP will be recording an in store podcast!
  •  Heroes Realm1624 Old Paris Road, Lexington KY 40505 - (859) 268-0097
  • Saturday, May 7 · 9:30am - 9:30pm Come meet Mike Holman, R. D. Hall, Scottie Watson, and Billy Tackett, as well as take advantage of our massive sales, and FREE COMIC BOOKS!! 1,000s of COMICS REDUCED TO $1.00!!!!!
Sorry no free comics! But to honor Free Comic Book Day we will have 20% off all full price Graphic Novels! Get Coupon here or at our Facebook page - coupon valid Saturday and Sunday only!
    • The Comic Interlude -393 Waller Ave # 10, Lexington, KY 40504-2914 - (859) 231-9237
    Here at Comic Interlude we are going to be having the following deals available to all on Saturday May 7th, 2011:
    -Buy one get one free on ALL Trade Paper Backs
    -Buy one get one free on ALL new comics (new comics being books currently on our shelves excluding this weeks releases)
    -50% of on all backstock in the store
    We're going to be carrying all of the gold level retailer FCBD items and we will have extended hours on Saturday. We will be open from 10AM to 7:30PM and are happy for any comic readers new or old to stop on in and join us!
    Live art all day! Three chances to see artists draw and paint live! All are welcome and commissions are available. Previous live art pieces have been taken to Half Price for their Comic Book Legal Defense Fund auction. So come in and bid, it all goes to an essential cause!
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m:
    Half Price Books
    Sir Barton Place
    2321 Sir Barton Way
    Lexington, KY 40509
    (859) 264-0848
    3 p.m. - 6 p.m:
    Collectibles, Etc.
    115 N Locust Hill Dr #106
    Lexington, KY
    (859) 269-6633
    6 p.m. - 10 p.m:
    Movie Tavern
    133 North Locust Hill Drive
    Lexington, KY 40509-1532

    • (859) 266-4645