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Dave Dorman New Star Wars Crimson Empire Art, Horror Art, Some Studio Pictures and Some News

Posted in 501st, Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Cosplay, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, eBay, eBay Auction, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Holiday Gifts, Horror, Horror Art, Illustration, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Star Wars, Tony Akins, Toys, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media, Writer, Zombie, Zombie Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

First off, here’s a video of the new SPECTRUM 18 book: My art is featured at about 2:18 and 5:18 in this videohttp://bit.ly/uOTP3G

Also, here’s the new-on-the-retail shelves cover I did for the first new STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE comic by DARK HORSE:

STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE COVER ART By DAVE DORMAN

I got a nice review from Geeks of Doom, which you can see here: http://bit.ly/rSyjuC

I hope some of you are coming out to the “MALEFICIUM” multimedia horror art show at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery on Saturday night in Westmont, IL – a Chicago western suburb. It is on the order of more of a New York show with the caliber of talent involved, so we hope to see some of you there. I did a fun new horror piece here below, and in keeping with my sense of humor, I did a little “Rocky and Bullwinkle” thing with the title, which I am calling  “The Portrait of an Artist as a  Tortured Soul ,” or: “Cthulu! Gesundheit!”

Cthulu: Gesundheit! by Dave Dorman Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Okay, here are some goofy pictures of a quick walk down to my “Dave Cave,” a.k.a. my studio. We have a house built into a hill, so we have a walkout basement, and I have taken the entire basement over as my studio. It’s sort of like a “garden apartment” with a lot of light coming in the windows, which are above ground. I didn’t stage any of this, just took some impromptu pictures, so forgive the mess. More pictures to come, but I really must clean some of the mess before I go posting them on the web.

Here’s what you see when you come down the basement stairs. My wife and I are big fans of BBC comedy League of Gentlemen, hence the Royston Vasey signage. At the foot of the stairs is a piece that brings me a lot of joy, a Star Wars painting by my friend Christopher Moeller. On the right you’ll see the hint of my Rocketeer cut-out, which was a character created by a dear friend, the late, great artist Dave Stevens.

Entrance to the Dave Cave...Beware!

When you get to the bottom of the stairs, here’s what you’ll see – my treasured autographs from 501st Members from around the world that I gathered during Star Wars Celebration shows. It brings me a lot of joy to see these every day.

You Are Now in the Dave Cave...

Another Viewpoint of the Entrance to the Dave Cave

My father-in-law built me all of these wonderful built-in shelves and I really use them. You’ll see there’s a “Dog Fight” game on my shelf. My brother Jeff and I played this game as kids. We were never allowed to keep our toys as we were military brats, always moving from base to base and having to give up all of our toys. I saw this one day on eBay and I HAD. TO. HAVE. IT. Now I’m addicted to toys, and intent on keeping every toy I have. Sometimes I share with my son, but not always.

Here are some paintings you may recognize to the right wall walking toward my great room of the Dave Cave. The cleavage painting in latex on the right is for sale. Make me an offer.

Right Hallway of the Dave Cave, Leading Into the Great Room

Here is the wall to the left, walking down that same hallway.

Crimson Empire Cover Art Rests on the Left-Side Hallway Wall

Thanks for the Birthday Wishes & Dave Dorman News

Posted in 501st, Action Figures, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Convention, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, GI Joe, Hasbro, Horror, Horror Play, Horror Play Competition, Illustration, LinkedIn, Lucasfilm, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Social Networking, Star Wars, Transformers, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Thanks to all of you who have emailed or Tweeted or called today with birthday wishes. I stopped having birthdays at 39, but someone at AARP must’ve lost the memo. A special thank you to my G.I. Joe enthusiast/collector friend Joao, who even sent a special gift that arrived today that my whole family will enjoy. Joao came up from Florida to visit me last month and added some fun pieces to his G.I. Joe art collection:

My Friend, G.I. Joe Collector Joao Paredes

Last week I did a demonstration at Blick Art Supply in Wheaton, IL (a special thanks to Kevin Sandstrom for arranging this for me) during which I started a Boba Fett painting. I decided to do continue with the live painting demo during the Detroit show last weekend and the fans really liked seeing me work, so that was gratifying. Here is the painting I did (below), already purchased by a collector:

Star Wars' Boba Fett by Dave Dorman 9-2011

I was very happy to get my copy of STAR WARS: COMICS by Abrams Publishing this week. Here’s a picture of me with my new book:

Dave Dorman Star Wars Art on Cover of New Abrams Publishing Book

I want to remind everyone that next weekend, October 8-9, I will be at the Dallas Star Wars Fan Days Show and I hope to see many of you there. My friend Jose from Puerto Rico will even be attending, so it’s really pulling people from all over and should be a great show.

On Monday, October 10th, I will be attending the fund-raiser for my favorite horror theater group, WildClaw Theatre. If you can join me there, that would be great. Here’s a link: http://bit.ly/qESwCT  If you can afford to support amazing horror performances, please contribute to them.

WildClaw Theater is still asking for people to turn in their 10-minute horror plays for DEATHSCRIBE 2011, their annual international competition. If you’ve never attended this event, it’s a must-see. Chicago actors perform each winning play live on stage like an old timey radio show, with a foley artist, etc. It’s one of the most entertaining events I attend  and I look forward to it every year. A special thanks to my friend Charlie Athanas for introducing me to WildClaw Theater.

It was Charlie Athanas who gave me the heads up that my KLOUT.com score was at 70 this past week, which was higher than Trent Reznor’s or Olivia Munn’s. Mind you, I have no illusions that I’m a bigger household name than either of those pop culture luminaries, but it just goes to show you the power of social media. It is all due to the tenacious hard work of my wife’s PR firm, WriteBrain Media, who handles all of my social media and PR for me.

For those of you who read Imagine FX magazine, it’s one of my favorite magazines and I’m honored to be in there again for the newest issue during a quick chat with Editor Claire Howlett at San Diego Comic-Con this last summer:

Dave Dorman in 9-2011 Imagine FX Magazine

I thank all of you reading this for your time and interest in my work. If you want to connect with me aside from this blog, here’s how:

Facebook.com/davedormanartist

Linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman

Twitter.com/davedorman

My Creator-Owned Series: http://wastedlands.com

My Wife & Publicist: denise@writebrainmedia.com

Email: dormanart@yahoo.com

Have a great week. I’ll be posting some fun art from my son this week, so forgive the indulgence. He’s just 6, to set your expectations, but he’s crazy good for his age.

Dave.

 

 

Dave Dorman Confidential: Why I Don’t Attend DragonCon

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectors, Comic Book Convention, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Del Stone Jr., Denise Dorman, Facebook, Geek Culture, Illustration, LinkedIn, Military, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Social Activism, Social Commentary, Social Networking, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

First, let me post my upcoming appearances, so it’s front and center:

* Detroit Fan Fare Days 9/23 – 9/25, 2011
* Dallas for Star Wars Fan Days 10/8 – 10/9, 2011
* SteamCon in Seattle 10/15 – 10/16

My longtime friend and award-winning sci-fi/horror writer Del Stone Jr. has held my secret for all of these years. As DragonCon started growing its attendance trajectory and publicity, more and more people have asked me if, when and why I don’t attend DragonCon. Only Del Stone Jr. and my wife knew the reasons why.

In this article, it proves that original founder Ed Kramer, for whom my distaste, disgust and anger knows no bounds, STILL earns money from the show. I REFUSE to help fund someone allegedly involved in pedophilia. Here is the Atlanta Journal Constitution article that proves Ed Kramer is still earning profits from DragonCon:

http://bit.ly/qClDCu

Here is the most recent article, describing how Ed Kramer was arrested recently, found in a Milford, Connecticut hotel with a 14-year-old boy:

http://bit.ly/nRTnPS

You can draw your own conclusions. You can continue exhibiting at DragonCon. You can attend and support DragonCon. However, I will not be joining you there. The very idea of helping to fund Ed Kramer makes my skin crawl.

Ed Kramer gave me the creeps the first time I met him, and I relayed that to Del. When the allegations began to surface, I knew my creep radar needed no recalibrating.

Del sent me the most recent article via Facebook, which led me to read the other two related articles. My heart goes out to the two young men, now serving us proudly in the U.S. military, who allegedly endured those horrific encounters with the one-man creep show that is Ed Kramer.

I would think there must be some way DragonCon can prove Kramer’s association is damaging their brand and disengage from funding Ed Kramer. If they were smart they would have attached a morals clause by which he had to abide in order to profit from the show. Until I see evidence that he is no longer profiting, you won’t be seeing me there.

As always, thanks for reading,

Dave

P.S. Here are links to my contact info, in case you ever want to reach out:

FaceBook: http://facebook.com/davedormanartist

Twitter: http://twitter.com/davedorman

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman (I am an open networker on LI)

Publicist: Denise Dorman — denise@writebrainmedia.com

I’m Appearing at Wizard World Today through Sunday, Table 3850 with Captain America v. Darth Vader Painting

Posted in Captain America, Collectors, Comic Book Convention, Darth Vader, Fan Culture, Star Wars, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

If you’re in Chicagoland, or making the trip up here to attend Wizard World Chicago, stop by and say “Hello!” I’m at Table 3850 in Artist’s Alley and with me will be the new Captain America v. Darth Vader art I created this week that all of the hipsters are buzzing about. Just to reiterate, here’s my new painting:

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments and appreciation – this was a lot of fun to paint! Any media reading my blog today, please contact my publicist denise@writebrainmedia for any and all interview requests.

Thanks again,

Dave.

Dave Dorman Upcoming Convention Appearances & Autograph Signings

Posted in Author, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectors, Comic Book Convention, Cosplay, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Hasbro, Illustration, LinkedIn, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Social Networking, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Here’s a quick look at my upcoming appearances for the next couple of months. I am embedding links to the shows for your convenience.

AUGUST:

8/12 – 8/13 –Wizard World – Chicago/Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont

SEPTEMBER:

9/24-9/25–Detroit Fan Fare

OCTOBER:

10/8 – 10/9–Star Wars Fan Days in Dallas

10/14 – 10/16 – SteamCon in Seattle

A SPECIAL THANKS:

I want to thank everyone who came by to see me at my San Diego Comic-Con Booth 4500 this year! A special thanks to our friends the Watson family from Batavia, IL for joining us this year, to the Lindgren family in Rancho Santa Fe and the Crane family in Riverside for showing us Canyon Lake…!

Dave Dorman at SDCC 2011: Photo by Debbie M. Lindgren

 

NEWS:

I discovered I’m in Morgan Spurlock’s new book Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope (see me featured on Page 99) and I hope to make it into his movie, but we’ll see. They filmed my interview last year. My art is featured in Andrew Gaska’s new Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes by Archaia and I have a couple of other book surprises coming up that I cannot share yet…

This year Steven Spielberg was given an Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic-Con, so now he’s in an elite group with me (ha!). I won my last year, so this may be the one and only time in my life that I ever one-up Steven Spielberg.

My friend Andrew Charon of Acme Digital Laboratories in Minneapolis, a Webby  award-winning developer who did YearbookYourself.com and who just launched the really cool Jewish Sudoku game Judoku as an Apple iPad app, is developing my iPhone/iPad app of art staring in August, so be watching for that in the coming months. Andrew is a longtime cohort of my wife’s and together they have done some really cool and award-winning multimedia and video projects.

I have a few of my first-ever sketchbooks remaining from my one-and-only 250 print run, so if anyone wants to place an order, they are $10 plus $5 shipping and you can email me at dormanart@yahoo.com or Paypal me at dormanart@yahoo.com. A special thanks to my wife and publicist Denise Dorman of WriteBrain Media, who keeps all of these plates spinning on the cue sticks.

As always, I thank you for your support and interest in my work. Lots of fun and exciting stuff coming up this fall…stay tuned!

Dave.

Me on SOCIAL MEDIA:

Follow me on Twitter: @DaveDorman and my hashtag is #DaveDorman

Follow me on Facebook.com/DaveDorman

Connect with me on Linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman

To schedule me for media interviews, please contact my wife and publicist denise@writebrainmedia.com | facebook.com/writebrainmedia or Twitter.com/writebrainmedia

My First Ever Dave Dorman Sketchbook Available Now

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectors, Comic Book Convention, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek Culture, Illustration, LinkedIn, Nerd Culture, Pop Culture, San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Star Wars, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

San Diego Comic Con 2011 is coming up quickly and this year, I decided to do my first-ever Dave Dorman Limited Edition Sketchbook! My new Sketchbook is packed with finished pencil art from some of my more famous paintings, some preliminaries for paintings I am working now in my studio, and certainly some of my fans’ favorite characters.

Dave_Sketchbook_2011

Here are the details:

First Issue Edition. This has been LIMITED to 250 copies. I will NOT be reprinting this book.

  • 24 pages with black and white interiors and card stock duotone covers.
  • Many of your favorite characters, including Batman, Captain America, Darth Vader… and a special first-ever preview of the preliminaries from my new CAPTAIN NEMO Triptych.
  • Each sketchbook is signed by me, Dave Dorman.
  • All orders made by Monday, July 18th, 2011 will be sent before the start of SDCC.
  • Price is $10.00 and if you order online, shipping is $5.00. If you order more than one, I will deduct all postage over the initial $5.00 shipping.
  • This is a PAYPAL only sale. If you cannot pay via PAYPAL , please do not buy.
  • This is the perfect opportunity for those of you unable to attend SDCC this year to have this Dave Dorman Exclusive, One-of-a-Kind, Limited Edition Sketchbook. Due to the small print run of the book, I cannot guarantee I will have any copies after the show. I know a lot of my fans are unable to make the show this year, so please order your Dave Dorman Limited Edition Sketchbook ASAP!

Order now – here’s your link:

http://www.davedorman.com/sketchbook2011.shtml

If you are attending SDCC, I will be set up in Booth 4500, in your convention book under the name “Dave Dorman,” in an end cap booth near Door G. Please come by and say “Hello!” I will be doing autograph signings for Archaia and possibly Dark Horse, but keep checking back on my blog for updates and accurate information.

As always, I thank you for your interest in and support of my work!!

Dave.

P.S. For media inquiries, please contact my Public Relations Firm WriteBrain Media – Email is denise@writebrainmedia.com

P.P.S. Follow me on Facebook.com/davedorman, Twitter.com/davedorman (Twitter hashtag is #DaveDorman) and I am an open networker on Linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman

Dave Dorman Interview with Vinnie Penn on WELI in New Haven, CT

Posted in Author, Chicago Comic Book Artists, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Denise Dorman, Desperado Publishing, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Horror, IDW Publishing, Illustration, LinkedIn, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman, Uncategorized, WriteBrain Media, Zombie, Zombie Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

I keep forgetting to upload this to share with you, so here it finally is…my Clear Channel station radio interview with radio personality and author Vinnie Penn of WELI in New Haven, CT. If you think his name sounds familiar, that’s because I did the cover for his DJ Zom-B book cover (referenced in a previous blog where I showed you the progressives of the art), or it may be because he’s often on Howard Stern’s show. I had a total blast painting his zombie horror art cover and we’re already talking about a future collaboration. Vinnie’s taking zombies into a fun new direction. Be sure to follow him on Twitter if you’re there – he’s @VinniePenn. (I’m @DaveDorman and my hashtag is #DaveDorman.).

One point I’d like to make about these interviews is that we get into a discussion about the importance of the book cover art, and the importance of the illustrator (in this case, me) REALLY understanding the material before creating the cover art. I think there’s nothing more frustrating to a fan than to read a book and say to themselves, “Self, this has nothing to do with the cover!”

Here are the links to my radio interview. Let me know what you think.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3089239/041811%20710%20%20Dave%20Dorman%20part%201-1.mp3

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3089239/041911%20710%20%20Dave%20Dorman%20part%202-1.mp3

Thanks for taking the time to listen!

If you enjoy hearing about the creative process or hearing interviews with artists, writers, directors, producers, actors, etc., check out my podcast, It’s Comic Book Day, with producer Michael Mennenga of Farpoint Media on iTunes. Here’s the link to the podcast: 

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/its-comic-book-day/id373866909

A special thanks to Walter Mulso of Cougar Media Music in Genoa, IL who created our show’s intro/outro music for us.

Thank you, as always, for your time and support of my career.

DAVE

Buy my new career retrospective art book from IDW Publishing/Desperado Publishing for Grads and Father’s Day Gifts: http://amzn.to/li3Rrs

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