Squeeze into your tights and leap over to Pittsburgh's Toonseum for the Superheroes: Icons & Origins exhibit this May. Focusing on legendary heroes from both Marvel and DC, Superheroes explores the history of characters as legendary as Batman, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, Spiderman, Superman and Wonder Woman (to name a few) with rare original sketches, comic pages and covers by master artists the likes of Neal Adams, Gene Colan, John Buscema, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Todd McFarlane, Frank Miller and John Romita.
Toonseum director, Joe Wos, assures us the Superheroes exhibit is crammed full of entertaining and informative features: biographical information on the artists, a time-line interweaving historical events with Superhero introductions and plot-lines, connections to classical mythology, the science behind the “super”, and retrospectives of the changes that each character has undergone in the hands of different artists and eras.
Superheroes: Icons & Origins runs from May 6th through August 28th, 2011, at Pittsburgh's Toonseum.
Free Passes! It doesn't cost that much to walk in the door at the Toonseum and see a roomful of amazing comic/cartoon art just about any day of the week. Nevertheless, I have two free passes that I'd like to give away. So, if you want these passes here's what you need to do: Share this post. I don't care how you share it (facebook, twitter, digg, whatever), just share it. Then (and this is the important part) email me a link to where you shared it along with your postal mailing address. The first email I get with a link to the shared post gets two (2) free passes to the Toonseum. (Offer applies to comic geeks living in the contiguous United States only.)
Fake Batman Cover. I've done a couple other posts about the Toonseum. In each one, I have a little fun at the expense of museum director, Joe Wos. To date, I've made him into a cantankerous museum director and a lecherous museum director. But this month he hits the big time and finally achieves the status of evil museum director. And he has the dubious honor of getting his chops busted by The Dark Knight himself! Technically, that makes him a full-on super-villain.
I designed the illustration to look like an old comic book from the '70s that you might find at a garage sale, complete with bizarre, pseudo-psychedelic cover art and that weird, grey-and-blue Batman costume. I never understood how he was supposed to strike fear into the hearts of criminals dressed in powder-grey and baby-blue. In any case, the work-in-progress steps are below. And if you enjoy the process of creating comic art, then I hope to see you at the Toonseum this May. -v