Well, here I am, reminded that I was supposed to point out a little bit of wonder that is in the shop that might be missed by you otherwise.
|The Palencar Project by John Jude Palencar|
The convention attracts a diverse array of creators and fans, and every year I meet new people that go on to become friends and peers, a support network of cosmic scale built hand to hand, face to face, conversation to conversation, idea to idea.
|Meeting the man himself! (That's me with the frizzy hair.)|
If you are curious to find out whether you know his work or not, I invite you to look at copy of his art book, Origins, which I have here at the shop -- signed copies, even!
Here's a silly little timelapse GIF of me putting mylar sleeves on the books when they first came in:
The exhibit of Palencar's work was phenomenal -- to be able to see the artwork full-size and in person was a memorable experience, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those of us in attendance. Even better, we got to meet and talk to John Jude himself, and true, those of us who had our own work hung alongside his paintings felt an extra bit of thrill. The scale and the depth of subtle hues and the intense composition of his pieces rewarded those who lingered or paid second and third visits to the pieces, as many of us did.
This chain of events brings me to the point of this blog post, which is to let folks know that I have copies of the late Fall 2017 issue of Dead Reckonings here at the shop, so that you yourself can take one home! You will find among its pages many delicious goodies, including:
-- my article about and interview with John Jude Palencar
-- an article co-written by myself and fellow artist Dave Felton about the experience of attending Ars Necronomica
-- musings by Ars Necronomica Head Curator, Brian Mullen III
-- a review of Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks from Hell (yay!)
-- a range of historical & contemporary considerations, from Sidney Sime's artwork and Victorian gaslight and ghosts, to an interview with T.E.D. Klein, all the way up to the current horrors of Ramsey Campbell and the Kings' Sleeping Beauties
-- and more...!
... in other words, plenty of ghosts, monsters, and other more abstract horrors and delights.
P.S. If you want to see some of Dave Felton's increasingly amazing artwork, by all means go here!!! https://www.instagram.com/dfeltonillustration/
P.P.S. If you want to see the Ars Necronomica: Wonders of the Visible Weird exhibit, go here:
Ars Necronomica 2017 album, or
see photos of the opening night reception here:
Ars Necronomica 2017 opening night album
Here is my piece from the show (us curators had to demonstrate that we had some chops ourselves!), which was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's story The Dunwich Horror, reinterpreted from the point of view of the locals in the area as Feeding Time at the Whateleys', drawn in graphite.