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ARCHIE Comics #1 Variant Cover Autographed by Dave Dorman Available Here for Just $20

Posted in Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, GenCon, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Star Wars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Hi Everyone!
I have a fun collectible to offer you. As some of you know, I had the distinct pleasure of doing a variant cover for one of the comics world’s most famous
characters… ARCHIE! Click here to order directly from me now: http://davedorman.com/dormanARCHIE1variant.shtml
ARCHIE COMICS Variant Cover #1 from Dave Dorman for M&M Comics

ARCHIE COMICS Variant Cover #1 from Dave Dorman for M&M Comics

Archie Publications is relaunching “Archie” in July 2015 with a new focus–bringing him and all of our favorite Riverdale characters into the 21st century. While I have been a fan of Archie since I was a kid, he was never a character that I ever thought I would paint. I tend to be more into the sci-fi/fantasy/horror comics genre, and Archie tended towards the more cartoony style. But with this change from Archie’s editors to bring a new look, I took the opportunity from M&M Comics (the retailer I
did the wildly successful Marvel Comics Star Wars #1 Variant cover with) to produce a more realistically painted cover for Archie #1. It was great fun and a great honor to make this comics icon look like he stepped into the real world.
This M&M Retailer Variant will only be available from myself and M&M Comics. The book will hit the stands on July 8; however, I am offering a pre-release sale of the Archie Variant #1 Comic Book. You can order the book directly from me, bagged and boarded, and PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by me. The cost of the book is $15 plus $5 shipping. You can order as many as you like. AND AS AN EXTRA BONUS, only available through direct ordering from me, you will receive an EXCLUSIVE mini-print of the original pencil version of the cover art, also signed by me. This print will not be offered anywhere else. This edition is limited to ONLY 1,750 copies (and I only have a portion of these to sell personally) so please do not hesitate to order if you would like your own copy for your collection.
What: Archie Comics Variant #1 by Dave Dorman, personally autographed by Dave Dorman, bagged and boarded.
Cost: $15 plus $5 Shipping
Limit: None! Order as many as you like!
Extra Bonus Available Here Only: An exclusive mini-print of the original pencil version of the cover art, also autographed by Dave Dorman!
Link to Order: http://davedorman.com/dormanARCHIE1variant.shtml
I will ship the orders out the week of July 13 (as I will be at San Diego Comic Con Booth #4500 during the store release) and you will receive a tracking number when your order goes out. Thanks again for your support of my work and for sharing in this very fun and unexpected project with me!

And Now for Something Completely Different: A Dave Dorman ARCHIE COMICS Cover!

Posted in Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

ARCHIE Comics has just revealed all of their Variant ARCHIE #1 covers. I am happy to say M&M Comics had me do the art for their shop’s variant! (We worked together on the Marvel STAR WARS #1 Variant as well!!) So, I am now able to post the artwork for all of you to see!

ARCHIE COMICS Variant Cover #1 from Dave Dorman for M&M Comics

ARCHIE COMICS Variant Cover #1 from Dave Dorman for M&M Comics

It was a whole lot of fun working on this cover and great to be able to give ARCHIE a more realistic look for his fans. He and the gang at Riverdale are such famous pop culture icons, and I hope I did him justice. Both M&M Comics and I will be offering this Limited Edition Book for sale. Keep your eyes here for an announcement coming very soon! And please enjoy “something completely different” from the Studio of Dave!

If you would like to connect with me on social media, here’s where you can find me:

http://linkedin.com/in/thedavedorman

http://facebook.com/davedormansstudio

http://facebook.com/davedormanwastedlands

http://twitter.com/davedorman

Dave Dorman’s Lantern City Variant Cover Named One of the Top Covers for May 2015

Posted in Denise Dorman, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Painting, Pop Culture, WriteBrain Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

Denise found that Behind the Panels had mentioned my Lantern City variant cover for Boom! Studios as one of the Top Covers for May 2015, so I am sharing that with you here. If you haven’t heard of Lantern City, do check it out – it’s Bruce Boxleitner’s very cool, gorgeously rendered world – a Steampunk action adventure tale. Here is the variant cover art for you. Let me know what you think of it.

Lantern City Cover Art

Lantern City Cover Art

Dave Dorman Art Now on EveryDayOriginal.com Art Site

Posted in Blog, Blogger, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, Nerd Culture, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Hi Everyone,
I have joined a new group/website and I wanted to share it with you. It is called Every Day Original (http://www.everydayoriginal.com/). It is a group of very talented artist; some are my friends in the fantasy art field, some are new to me, but all are worth taking a look at. The concept behind the website is to add an original piece of art every day–a small piece priced at $500 or under–and it can be any subject matter the artist chooses. There are quite a few artists already on the site, so you won’t necessarily see a piece from any particular artist for weeks at a time. I think this is a great idea to get exposed to many different artists and new styles of work.

 

 

Dave Dorman contribution to Everyday Original, "The Creature."  8 x 10, acrylic and oil on gessoed wood block

Dave Dorman contribution to Everyday Original, “The Creature.”                             8″ x 10″, acrylic and oil on gessoed wood block

Which brings it to me. My first piece is going up today! I would love it if you could take a moment and point your browser to the EDO site (http://www.everydayoriginal.com/) and take a look. While this is my first piece and reflects some of my film/ genre interests, future pieces will allow me to play with other interests and subjects that I would not necessarily get to work on in my commercial work. But fear not! You will occasionally see something that is very familiar as well! (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more….)
So please take a minute to see some wonderful work by some very talented artists… and me!
Thanks all!
Dave

Order Your Star Wars Variant Cover Direct from Dave Dorman: One of the Scarcest On the Market Today

Posted in Blog, Blogging, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Marvel Comics, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Star Wars with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dave Dorman MARVEL COMICS STAR WARS Variant Cover #1

Dave Dorman MARVEL COMICS STAR WARS Variant Cover #1

Dear Friends,
I have finally gotten around to organizing the sale for my Marvel Star Wars #1 Variant. I have been pretty busy this past few weeks, including painting a new variant cover for Marvel’s Darth Vader #2!  This #1 Variant is the variant produced by M&M Comics and limited to 3000. This number makes it one of the scarcest variants on the market. (And a personal thanks goes out to Mike at M&M for having me paint this cover!)
I am now selling my variant cover issue for $25 including postage and insurance. 
Order my Star Wars Variant #1 from this page: http://bitly.com/DDSWVariant1
BUT WAIT!!!…There’s more! You not only get a mint copy of this book signed by me, (bagged and boarded), but I will also include in your package one additional item from my personal vault of collectibles. These will be all Star Wars items (signed of course) that may include convention programs, signature cards, trading cards, bookmarks, or other collectibles from my files, dating back almost 30 years. Most of these extras are hard to find and will make a fun addition to your Dorman Star Wars collection (like a mini-Dorman LootCrate!)
I have a very limited number of these so please do not hesitate in ordering. I must limit the purchase to one copy per person.  I will remove the page when I have sold out. (It is possible I may get more in the future, but that is not guaranteed).
It’s great to be back doing more Star Wars covers! I look forward to creating more great art for Marvel. Thank you all for following me as we move into a new era of Star Wars!
Dave.
P.S. Follow me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/davedormansstudio

A Short Anatomy of My Star Wars Painting: Lord Vader’s Persuasion

Posted in 501st, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Cover Art, Cosplay, Darth Vader, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, DAVE DORMAN NEWS, Entertainment, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman
Dave Dorman's Star Wars Painting: Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim

Dave Dorman’s Star Wars Painting: Lord Vader’s Persuasion of the Outer Rim

I’d like to take a moment to clear up some misconceptions and explain my thoughts on creating my painting “Lord Vader’s Persuasion…” The main reason for creating this piece was to show Vader leading his troops into battle. I wanted to actually show him in the midst of his beloved 501st Squad, being the leader he was born to be. This was not a scene we were able to see in the films themselves, and obviously, it would be a scene taking place between Episodes 3 and 4. This art has caught the imagination of Star Wars fans around the world, and has inspired me to create other scenes capturing potential story elements that were not in the screenplays, but are part of the canon of the Star Wars history.
The two most confusing elements of Lord Vader’s Persuasion are the inclusion of the Imperial Guards (the red armored figures surrounding Vader) and the fact that Vader is rising above the squad. The Imperial Guards were introduced in Episode 6 as visual elements in the background, in scenes featuring the Emperor and Lord Vader. They are not exclusively the Emperor’s private, but the elite of the Imperial forces used to protect those of the highest power. So the Imperial Guard would certainly be on hand to protect a high value target such as Vader during an invasion operation. Vader’s loyal 501st troops form a phalanx around them, always pushing forward towards Victory!
Why is Vader above the troops? He is not on a hoverboard, nor is he standing on a trooper’s shoulders! We know from the end of Episode 3 that Anakin/Vader is fearless in carrying out the Emperor’s order. Why would Vader not be fearless in leading his Troops into battle? Like any commander worthy of his troops’ respect, he will join them in battle. And as a powerful leading figure, he will not hide behind his troops, but will be where they can see him and be inspired by him. During the course of the battle, Vader uses the FORCE to levitate himself above the fray, leading and directing his troops ever forward, knowing he will become the primary target of his opponents. He is unafraid because he uses the power of The Force for protection.
I have also taken an artistic license and compacted the field of battle so that I could show a few other elements that would be involved in this type of skirmish. The officers and scouts to the far left would not so close to the battlefield in a real situation, and the ATAT/ATSTs would not be so packed together. But the art I wanted to create would show the full impact of all elements of the Imperial Forces, so I pulled a few visual tricks out of my creative hat.
Aesthetic Placement of Elements in the Art: Speaking artistically about the art, there are reasons I put elements where they are in the art. As you can see, there is an explanation for what is the battle scene from a “warfare” point of view. But to paint what I wanted, I had to have both an “Artistic” reason and a “Realism” reason. When laying out the the art, the first thing I noticed artistically was that the piece was primarily black and white. Black and greys in the Vader figure and white and greys in the trooper armor. I found working the Imperial guard into the piece not only added a focusing element, to bring your eye towards the main element–Vader–but also added that bold stroke of color I needed. That red would eventually tie in with the red of Vader’s lightsaber and the red/oranges of the explosions in the background. With that element of red, it was no longer necessary to add another bold statement of color, because the contrast of the dark figure of Vader made him the focus against the whites and the greys of the rest of the piece.
One Last Visual Element to Note: There is one last visual element that you may not see right off, but if you look closely at the art and let your eye roam, you will probably focus on Vader first, then follow the line of his arm and hand deflecting the blasterbolt. Your eye will follow the red of the ATAT explosion and smoke back over Vader, then follow the path of his Lightsaber back down to the far left of the art, now seeing the Officers and Scouts. As your eye follows where they are looking, it catches the front-most Stormtrooper with his arm raised, pointing the troopers forward. We follow that line through the bottom of the art into the field of troopers. From here, the curve upward of the red and blue blasterbolts brings the eye back up to the exploding ATAT in the background and then right back to Vader.
There was much more that went into this piece and the contribution of the 501st Midwest Garrison in helping me shoot reference for this cannot be overstated. But this should help you understand a bit of what is going through my head when creating a piece of art.
A special thanks to Jesus Diaz of the SPLOID column for Gizmodo who wrote this piece today about my Star Wars art (including Lord Vader’s Persuasion):
Thank  you, Jesus Diaz!

Thank you, Jesus Diaz!

and to writer Marlon McDonald of MoviePilot.com who wrote this article today as well:
Thank you, Marlon McDonald!

Thank you, Marlon McDonald!

Thanks for reading!

Dave Dorman 2015 Schedule and More

Posted in C2E2, Chicago Comic Book Artists, Collectibles, Collections, Collectors, Comic Book Art, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Convention, Comic Book Cover Art, Comic Books, DAVE DORMAN ART FOR SALE, Entertainment, Facebook, Fan Culture, Geek, Geek Culture, Illustration, LinkedIn, Nerd Culture, Painting, Pop Culture, Wasted Lands, WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS, WriteBrain Media, Writer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2015 by DaveandDeniseDorman

Dear Friends,

My Star Wars Marvel Comics variant cover for M&M Comics came in the mail today, so here’s my first look at it:

My New Star Wars variant cover for Marvel/M&M Comics

My New Star Wars variant cover for Marvel/retailer M&M Comics

If you’re not one of the 5k people already following me on my personal Facebook page, you might enjoy seeing my new “Art Director” as Denise calls her – our newest addition to the family, Jonesy the Cat. Yes, she is a Sphinx/Hairless Cat, to accommodate the allergy sufferers in our household (not me).

Me and my new "Art Director."

Me and my new “Art Director.”

And speaking of science fiction-related stuff, I’ve been chatting with Facebook friends about how excited I am to see Philip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle,” which is available online now, I believe, for free. It imagines what life would be like if the Nazis had been successful in overtaking the U.S. After I read it, I was unhappy with the book cover because it didn’t really represent what the book was about, so back in the 1980s, I painted this one:

My painting inspired by Philip K. Dick

My 1980s painting inspired by Philip K. Dick

Dave Dorman Official 2015 Appearance Schedule (So Far):

January 29 – 31 = Salt Lake City Con

February 21 – 22 = I’m teaching a class at the International School of  Comics in Chicago

February 27 – March 1st = Pensacon, Pensacola, FL

March 21 – 22 = SC Comic-Con in Greenville, SC

April 16 – 19 = Big Wow Con in San Jose, CA

April 24 – 26 = C2E2 in Chicago, IL

May 22 – 24 = Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City, KS

July 9 – 12 = San Diego Comic-Con International

September 11 – 13 = Alamo City Con, San Antonio, TX

Here’s where you can find me on social media:

http://twitter.com/davedorman

http://facebook.com/davedormansstudio

http://facebook.com/davedormanwastedlands

http://linkedin/com/in/thedavedorman

Also, I should mention that Denise and I are mentioned (with some of my art) in the new issue of Imagine F/X magazine for January 2015, if you happen to pick it up. And here is a link to pick up my WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS, published by Magnetic Press, if you are interested in dystopian action adventure in another world similar to ours – it’s my creator-owned I.P. and my favorite thing I’ve ever worked on, which is saying a lot!

As always, thanks for reading!

Dave

 

 

 

 

 

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