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Surf and Sun…

Cory sent a Ron Lim Silver Surfer to which I was to add a background:

While trying to figure out what to do, I amused myself by pasting the Surfer onto my scan of the original art for the cover of Cerebus 111:

But what I ended up going with is this:

When suddenly the weather changed and it’s like the middle of a summer heat-wave. Quick! Pencils down! To the porch!

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Virtual Con…

Comic Art Fans is hosting an online Virtual Comic Art Convention.

Charles Costas will have a “booth” featuring some of my Cerebus original art.

Here’s Charles now:

“To all those who are fans of Gerhard’s art, I wanted to let you know about an online comic art convention that will be happening on ComicArtFans (CAF) next weekend (May 30-31).  Since we’re all in different states of lockdown and there haven’t been any large in-person conventions since February, Bill Cox over at CAF is trying his best to mimic the look and feel of a live comic art show with his Comic Art Live event.  For the Comic Art Live event, collectors and dealers can set up virtual tables that will open at 10AM EST on May 30th for CAF Premium Members and at 12PM EST for everyone else to visit and purchase items.  It closes at 6PM EST on May 31st.

I will have a booth for the event titled “Chuck Costas’ Cherry Blossom Explosion.”  Each booth is limited to showcasing 18 pieces of art so I’ve had to choose wisely.  I’m proud to say that five of those pieces of art will be “fresh” Cerebus pages from Gerhard’s personal collection.  I’ll even let this group know that one of those is a coveted cover!  There may be even be a splash and/or double-page spread 😊.  I expect that pieces will go very fast, so for those that are interested, I’d encourage you to stop by my booth as soon as it opens.  Please contact me through CAF so I can respond to people in the order I receive them.  The first person to send me an e-mail me through CAF confirming that they want it will get to reserve each piece.

Mark your calendar for this fun event… and if you haven’t signed up for your CAF premium membership, there’s still time to do so.

Stay well during these challenging times… and use these times to enjoy collecting!  If you have any questions in advance, feel free to reach out (although I won’t be revealing the exact pieces up for sale until the sale starts).”

-Chuck Costas

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Book cover…

I was contacted by F. Paul Wilson and his publisher(s) about doing an illustration for a book cover:

Other Sandboxes is a collection of the stories — many of them commissioned for anthologies — I’ve written that involve famous characters created by other authors. I’ve got the Joker, Dick Tracy, Dr. Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, Universal’s Frankenstein, Daddy Warbucks, and others less well known. I don’t know what arrangements you have with Tom, but here’s what I have in my head.

A wraparound of a low angle on a sandbox stretched out like a desert nightscape against a black starless sky — The dunes are lit by lumens (featureless floating balls of light) from “The Barrens” floating above it. Also floating above is the Dead World from Pellucidar which casts a shadow on the sand. Protruding from the dunes: maybe a tentacle, a giant Chinese coin (hole in the middle – see attached ref), a balisong (butterfly knife), a pagoda, a beached freighter, a Glock, a swing set, an old vinyl 45 with a “Wonder Records” label, a Joker playing card, A big crawling millipede, maybe a Frankensteinian monster or some artifact referencing the monster, a large oblong sapphire carved with weird runes… Might be eerie and striking in B&W.”

One of Paul’s publishers had originally mentioned doing only a front cover but upon reading the description I, too, envisioned a wraparound. So I did some sketches and a quick mock-up and sent this off to Paul:

But whaddo I know?

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Next week: The one that Paul likes best.