In less than two weeks, Comic-Con descends upon San Diego. It's probably the biggest and most publicized pop cultural event in the world, and it only gets bigger each passing year. I've gone a number of times -- as a visitor, a panel participant, and as an artist -- and there's nothing else quite like it. It's fun, exciting, but also exhausting, expensive, and claustrophobic. All qualms aside, it's always a memorable and worthwhile experience.
This year's event includes a very special panel that's dear to my heart, and some of its key players are featured in my documentary.
MASTERS OF THE ILLUSTRATED FILM POSTER takes place on Friday, July 19th, from 1-2pm in room 23ABC at the San Diego Comic-Con Convention Center. Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and artist Paul Shipper, it's sure to be worthwh...
One of my all-time favorite illustrators is the late, great J. C. Leyendecker. In an indirect way, his work played a significant factor in renewing my interest in Richard Amsel...and, in turn, my making the documentary.
Back in late 2007, I found myself out of a job due to the television writers' strike. I wasn't a member of the guild, but the strike so crippled the industry that the post house I was working for made a wide number of layoffs, including yours truly. One of the first things I did in my free time was go to art exhibits and museums to calm my mind. I also wanted a little creative inspiration, and it helped.
So when I read a blog post on Bill Stout's website touting a new exhibit in Fullerton, CA, of J.C. Leyendecker's work, I had to see it -- and it was something of a revelation...
Last Thursday I did a Skype interview with Ed Dolista for the Indycast blog. We discussed the Amsel documentary at length, and it was great to reconnect with Ed and the show again. The podcast is now live... You can listen to it here.
We discussed artists whom Amsel admired, later artists who were inspired by his work, and other wonderful people who've participated in the film. (Name dropping time: David Byrd, Drew Struzan, Bob Peak, Mark Raats, Paul Shipper, William Stout, Sam Jones, John Alvin, Steve Chorney, Bruce Vilanch, Judy Goldman and more.) I also talk about Erik Sharkey and Kevin Burke's respective documentaries on movie poster artists, to give credit where credit is due.
I was recovering from a respiratory infection, so listening to the broadcast makes for a great drinking game --...
Working on this project over the past few months, there have been times when I've felt the weight of the world upon my shoulders. I question myself, my abilities, and if I'll muster the will and strength to keep moving forward in what seems, at times, like an uphill climb.
But then you meet a guy like William Stout -- and suddenly all the bullshit in the world falls to the wayside. Inspiration flows through your veins again. You're reminded of the youthful dreams that had motivated you to embark on a creative career in the first place, whatever uncertain future was in store. Doubts and regrets no longer make a difference, and you find yourself walking away giddy, no longer self conscious about being a nerdish fanboy or wannabe artist. You revel in it.