To follow up on my Jan. 29th post, IMAGINE FX dedicated its March cover story to Classic Fantasy Film Art, celebrating what was the last great era of illustrated movie posters. Amsel was among the artists profiled. I had a nice exchange with writer Garrick Webster about the late artist's work, though it resulted in only a few small snippets within the article itself. Now that the issue has been on news stands for some time, here's a PDF of the cover story. There are also some
With all the press coverage of the late Nancy Reagan, so much debate has surrounded her undeniably checkered legacy. Even Hillary Clinton's recent mischaracterization of the late Reagans' stance on the plight of AIDS sufferers (admittedly, a gross whitewashing of history if there ever was one, even when framed within the context of a sanitized eulogy) has set many political hearts afire, and reopened old wounds. President Reagan first mentioned AIDS publicly on Sept. 17, 1985
While the former First Lady shall forever remain a controversial and contentious figure within both the LGBT community, and those affected by AIDS, her passing is worth mentioning here -- as Richard Amsel's portrait of her was one of the last covers he did for TV GUIDE, just a few months before the artist's death in 1985. (Coincidentally, Amsel died just a few weeks following Rock Hudson.) This portrait is owned by artist David Edward Byrd, and remains available for purchase.