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HARVEY PEKAR and ME

Posted in DAVE DORMAN NEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I’ve had a lot of questions over the past 24 hours about Harvey Pekar - what did I think of him, did I know him, etc. So, here’s the scoop:

I met Harvey at a comic book convention years ago. True to form, he did his curmudgeonly schtick at the show, just like the person you saw on The Late Show with David Letterman. He knew my work and liked it. His wife approached me and asked me to do an entire Harvey Pekar comic book for FREE, because she apparently felt that I wanted or needed to hitch my wagon to Harvey’s star. At that point in my career, I had already won an Eisner, had a best selling art book with Ballantine, a worldwide fan base, etc. Also, while Harvey’s American Splendor comics appealed to those fans who enjoy that slice-of-life style of comic, they held zero appeal for me personally. Mind you, his wife approached dozens of comic book artists for free comics – not just me. So, while I enjoyed Harvey’s David Letterman appearances very much, I can’t say I was a true fan of Harvey Pekar. Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of Harvey in American Splendor was brilliant and spot on. If you’ve never seen this movie, put it on your NetFlix list or rent it at Blockbuster as soon as you can.

The David Letterman-Harvey Pekar phenomenon is yet another indication that having an abrasive, abrupt or odd duck personality will get you booked on talk shows in a New York minute, but those of us in comics who are merely pleasant or not somehow socially retarded in our talk show  interviews rarely have media “juice.” I’ll have to adopt some weird schtick to appeal to those producers – let me know if you have any kooky ideas for me.

My next posting will be my San Diego ComicCon schedule. I’m doing 3 different panels this year and as a featured guest, I have autograph signings slated a few times with the convention, aside from those at my booth. I am at Booth #4500 this year. Joining me will be artist Charlie Athanas, Blueberry/Star Wars artist Colin Wilson, his agent Royd Burgoyne and Australian indie publisher Wolfgang Bylsma.

As many of you already know, at San Diego ComicCon this year we will be unveiling my new book from IDW Publishing/Desperado Publishing, “ROLLING THUNDER: THE ART OF DAVE DORMAN,” and remember – 10% of my earnings from this book will go to USACares.org - the not-for-profit raising money for financially challenged military families. Comedian and radio personality Dennis Miller is their official spokesperson, and I look forward to promoting the new book on his radio show soon. The book will be in all nationwide bookstores as of August.

Rumor has it that my friends Tom Baxa and Mark A. Nelson will be sitting right next to me at the show, so this show will be even more fun than usual. Mark used to teach illustration at my wife’s alma mater, Northern Illinois University, and used my Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman book as his required text book for class. Those added book sales were much appreciated!

If you are looking for my usual San Diego ComicCon booth cronies, e.g., Christopher Moeller, Scott Hampton, John vanFleet or Durwin Talon, they will be in Artists’ Alley this year, and by the time of the show, I should have data on their exact booth #s to hand out to you, as well as a promo piece on Comix Academy, which we will do next year the week before the show.

As always, thanks for reading. Until next time,

Dave.

My podcast: http://www.itscomicbookday.com

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Dave Dorman: Next Big Announcement

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Hi Everyone,

As I mentioned a week or so ago, I had a big announcement, but was just waiting on the final word – the news is that Star Wars / Blueberry artist Colin Wilson, one of my all-time favorite artists, will be sharing my booth with me at San Diego Comic-Con this year. I hope that you will all join me in giving Colin a huge welcome so he keeps making that exhausting flight over here  from Australia every year.

I first discovered Colin’s art from reading the “Blueberry” series that he was doing back in the 1980s. He was able to capture the feel of Giraud’s style, yet give it his own flair and storytelling. Next, after that, I encountered him doing some wonderful Judge Dredd artwork for 2000 AD. I followed his work through other graphic novel projects such as “Tex,” and “The Black Sun” and “Rain Dogs.” Fortunately, the American comics scene picked up on his talent and Wildstorm brought him into American comics with “Point Blank.” Now that he’s involved in doing Star Wars comics with Dark Horse, the world will finally get to see his talent on a major popular project.

On a San Diego-related topic, for those of you who are deciding whether or not to sign up for COMIX ACADEMY,  I can tell you that it will be money well spent.  Not only will you be getting coached on your art projects for six days from professional, internationally renowned illustrators and comic book artists, but you will also have the opportunity to meet with some of the top comic book editors today. That alone would have been worth any price to me when I was trying to break through and get noticed in the early days. This is the class I yearned for when I was starting out, and that’s what it’s so important to me to be a part of this and “pay it forward.”

I want to say a special thanks to the Orlando “Wolf Pack” 501st garrison, who included me in their private gathering during MegaCon this past weekend. I also want to tell Marv Wolfman and Barbara Kesel how much I enjoyed my time with them, as always.  They are both such gifted, amazing writers and people and it’s an honor to know them. As always, I thank the many fans and friends who took the time to stop by and say hello.

For whomever is handling The Last Air Bender’s licensing, please step it up with the product offerings. My son is an Air Bender fanatic, and I couldn’t find a single licensed product to bring back to him from MegaCon this past weekend. That was hugely disappointing to come home empty handed.  I did get a cool Nostromo t-shirt, an Airship Absinthe shirt, and an “Overlook Hotel” t-shirt for my wife, who is as big of a Stephen King fan, Tabitha King fan (and now, Joe Hill fan), as am I.

My next appearance will be at Planet Comic-Con the last weekend in March in Overland Park, KS. Christopher, the show organizer, has asked me to participate in a Star Wars panel, and so if anyone has questions they want me to put forth to the moderator, please let me know. I’m never sure what people want to know about.

This year, a career retrospective art book of my last 30 years of work will be coming out, and I’m in the throes of determining who will write my FOREWORD.  I’ve crossed paths with many famous people who are my fans, but I’m always reticent to ask someone to do me a favor.  If you are famous, a fan and you’re reading this, please let me know if you want to write my FOREWORD…it will get great publicity, and you’d be welcome to join me in book signings…

Again, thanks for reading,

Dave.

Dave Dorman Special Guest at SDCC 2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Hi Everyone,

As always, thanks for reading my posts. I received great news this week that San Diego Comic-Con would like me to be a Special Guest this year. It is a great honor to be recognized by the folks at SDCC, especially since the Con is at its apex in terms of popularity and traffic through the show. To the folks at “Attack of the Show,” I AM available to you for interviews this year. As always, I will have an end cap booth this year, same bat time, same bat channel with WriteBrain Media. I’m kicking around ideas as to who will be with me in the booth this year, and I may have a really fun announcement to make, but I’ll have to wait a while longer to share that news.

The Joe Kubert School has asked their distinguished alumni – and also me – to join in an international gallery exhibit, so I just shipped some fun pieces to them for display in Spain, which officially makes me an “internationally exhibited artist.”

We are still working with Farpoint Media on the logistics of my podcast, and I will keep you all posted on that. I do know it will be available via their site and iTunes. Anyone interested in advertising on our show, please let me know. It will be a weekly show about “insider” news in the comic book industry, interviews with artists, writers, creators, pop culture celebrities and more. I hope you all really like it, because it’s a huge investment in time and energy.

In other news, I will be a featured artist doing a live painting at WildClaw Theatre’s big fund-raising event, “Dance of the Demented” at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago on Saturday, February 20th. My other artist friends painting there will be Charlie Athanas, Tony Akins, Alex Wald, Ray Frenden Anthony Kosar and Jessica Joy. This event is a horror/art mash-up, so be sure to bring your sketch pads or tablets. For details, please visit http://wildclawtheatre.com.

Speaking of horror-meets-art, my best friend’s son is in a band called the Turbo Vamps. This is a punk rock horror band in Chicago, so if you like this kind of music, check them out at http://www.myspace.com/turbovamps.

I want to say a special thank you to Chris Ryall, Editor in Chief at IDW for mentioning me on his blog, and to all others out there who post my stuff and comment on my work. I appreciate it.

Also, a special thanks to Colin Wilson, who just emailed that he saw the Imagine F/X issue featuring me in December. For those of you who don’t know Colin Wilson’s gorgeous art work, I’ve been a fan of his for years and finally got to meet him in person this past year. He is committing to making the 15 hour flight to San Diego again this year, so watch for him there. He’s a great person and it’s an honor to know him.

I don’t want to go buzzkill on you, but I must mention that we are mourning the loss of my wife’s longtime business partner, motorsports legend, Mr. Jan Gabriel, or as gearheads know him, the voice of “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” He was a mentor to my wife and a steadfast friend to our family. He even filmed our son’s baptism. The loss is huge for us. Keep his family & friends in your prayers, if you’re the praying sort. If you’re New Agey like John Edwards’ mistress, just send good vibes.

I also send a shout out to my brother Jeff, sister-in-law Vicky, niece Stephanie and nephew John who are being snowed in this weekend in greater D.C. Stay safe, Bro & Co. To my sister Nancy in Alexandria, LA and her husband Dave, I have revoked your license to complain about your weather.

To Howard Feltman up in Michigan, I hope you’re staying warm.

Until next time, thanks for reading,

Dave.

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