HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND :: THE COMIC ART COLLECTION OF SHELTON DRUM

January 31, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, On the Road

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William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia

January 24 through June 29, 2014
Opening Reception: February 6 from 6-8PM

From the William King Museum:

“Shelton Drum, owner of the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic book store and founder of the renowned annual Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, brings William King Museum a vast array of original comic book art from his private collection. With the help of Neil Bramlette, founder of Bristol’s Out of Step Arts Collective, classic comics, private commissions, and original pages showcasing key artists from the 1950s and 60s as well as artists working today will be on display for the first time. Featuring comic arts past and present, this exhibit is full of recognizable characters that are sure to surprise and delight fans and newcomers alike.”

The exhibit features original art by Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, John Romita, Charles Vess, Mike Zeck, Darwyn Cooke and many more! Over 80 pieces on display!

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, February 6 from 6-8PM. Refreshments will be provided and there will be an optional cash bar. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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STAFF PICKS :: MAD’S GREATEST ARTISTS: MORT DRUCKER HC :: OCTOBER 24, 2012

October 22, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

ANDY’S PICK :: MAD’S GREATEST ARTISTS: MORT DRUCKER HC: As a young fan of all-things comics and movies, one of my favorite memories of preadolescence was catching my mom in a weak moment whilst grocery shopping (incessant whining, no haggard parent is immune to this form of Kryptonite) and getting her to fork out 35 hard earned cents (Cheap!) for the new issue of MAD Magazine. There was lots to love in every issue, Sergio’s Drawn out Dramas in the magazine’s margins, Dave Berg’s Lighter side of ….., Don Martin one page gags and of course the back cover Fold-In from Al Jaffee, but most often my favorite pieces were the Movie Parodies drawn by Mort Drucker. Somehow he could draw any movie or TV star realistically and still figure out a way to make it a slight and effective caricature. Never too much– it was always on the money. What a genius. And now we have a Best of Collection–MAD’S GREATEST ARTISTS MORT DRUCKER– 272 pages for only $30.00 (Cheap). If only my mom were here, she’d have the money waiting for me before I could get home for a quick visit, a little laundry and an incessant whine. Thanks Mom!

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