Back in April my buddy Rod Mojica told me about this awesome opportunity to pay tribute to the late great founder of Comic-Con Shel Dorf who passed away earlier this year. I was honored that I was asked and jumped on-board immediately!
Although the original piece I was to contribute got destroyed by a toothless white haired bridge troll (true story), I managed to pull things together and crank out a brand new piece featuring Dark Seid and Orion of Jack Kirby's New Gods. If you are in town for Comic-Con stop by and check out the original art for sale and bid yall, it's going to be awesome! Here's the low-down.....
Wild Monkey Works, Skidone, and McGill's Skateshop present The First Annual AFTERCON 2010 An artshow to benefit The Shel Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund July 22-24, from 8pm to midnight @ SUTURE GALLERY (5 blocks from the SD Convention Center) 655 10th Avenue, San Diego , CA 92101 (cross streets are 10th and G) Silent auction featuring original 2D and 3D art by over 70 professional artists and special live artists, skatedecks, and downtempo DJs. 21 and up.
Literary Icon Ray Bradbury, Godfather of the graphic novel Phil Yeh, MAD Magazine artist Hermann Mejia, The Simpsons character designer Phil Ortiz, Playboy cartoonist Dean Yeagle, plus many more!
Plus a Shel Dorf Gallery featuring photographs by Alan Light and art by Shel Dorf! Custom painted Vinyl Dolls presented by KidRobot! Custom painted skate decks presented by McGill's Skateshop!
Suture Galley is 5 blocks from the SD convention center and is 3000 square feet and is very well lit! The owners John and Drew are as stoked as all of us. They have a DJ booth and a small bar area in the corner. The music will be mellow and low volume so people can actually hear each other talk.
The Shel Dorf New Talent Encouragement Fund was established in November 2009 by Shel's brother Michael Dorf to provide financial assistance to selected high school and college students who have a passion to work in the comics and animation fields. These grants and scholarships aid in the purchase of art materials, DVDs, and literature to inspire students, as well as assist with their art education tuition. Shel was a mentor to many aspiring artists who later became professional artists. As a comics historian and writer, Shel helped elevate the perception of the comic and animation fields to their respected place within the arts, as well as creating what is now known as Comic-Con International. Shel helped build a strong community of creators who share his same passion for the arts and generosity towards young careers on the rise.