Illustrator and cartoonist Michael Cho, whose work has graced covers for Marvel and DC Comics, tackles the search for self-fulfillment in the big city in his brilliant debut graphic novel Shoplifter. His style evokes in equal measure the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein and aesthetics of Silver- and Bronze-Age superhero comics. Cho’s previously published work includes Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes, a collection of sketches depicting Toronto’s cityscape. He created the illustrations for Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy and is well known for his offbeat illustrations of superheroes. One of his stories was included in The Best American Comics 2010.
He is joined in conversation by Chip Kidd, four-time Eisner Award-winning designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schultz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. As an editor of graphic novels for Pantheon Books, he has worked with some of the very best talents in the medium, including Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, and David Mazzucchelli. Kidd is also the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, the Design industry’s highest honor.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
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Mark Chiarello has had to cancel and been replaced by Paolo Rivera.
Mark Chiarello was born on Halloween, in 1960. His book “Heroes of the Negro Leagues” (Abrams Publishing) was named the second best sports book of 2007, by Amazon.com.
A graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Mark was fortunate enough to have as roommates, Kent Williams, John Van Fleet, and George Pratt. He worked as an illustrator for Disney World for a short time in the 1980s, then went on to work for Marvel Comics and ultimately DC Comics, where he is currently Art Director.
Society of Illustrators
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The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of artists Mark Chiarello, Geof Darrow, and Allison Sohn to the line of creators for this year’s show, which is less than three weeks away! The show will take place August 20-21, 2011 at the convention center located at 1 W. Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore.
Mark Chiarello has worn many hats in the comic industry over the course of his 24-year career, including: colorist, penciler, editor, and art director. While working as an editor at DC Comics, Chiarello helmed such projects as Batman: Black & White, Solo, and Wednesday Comics. Currently, he is the Vice President of Art Direction and Design at DC Entertainment and had been working closely with the creators who are shaping the style and design of DC’s “New 52.”
Geof Darrow began his career in animation in the early ’80s as a character designer for Hanna-Barbera’s Super Friends, Richie Rich, and Pac-Man cartoon series before breaking into comics in the mid-’80s. The most notable works over the course of his include Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot with Frank Miller; and Shaolin Cowboy with the Wachowshi Brothers. Most recently, Darrow has provided cover art for Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, and Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games for IDW.
Sketch card artist Allison Sohn’s work has been showcased in several Star Wars trading card sets, including Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 and 5 and the 30th Anniversary Collection. In addition, she provided the exclusive artwork for both Celebration IV and V. Most recently Sohn was the feature of a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International called Comic-Con How-To: Sketching with Allison Sohn, in which she demonstrated her craft using Copic markers.
“We are delighted to have these three talented creators joining us for the show this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Mark, Geof, and Allison each bring a unique talent to the comic industry that sets them apart. This is a real treat for our fans!”
Mark Chiarello, Art Director of DC Comics, opens an exhibition of his painitings on Saturday July 2nd.
Celebrate America’s favorite pastime and the art of Norman Rockwell. Bring your mitt and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities, held both inside and out!
12:30 p.m.: Kori Alston presents Baseball Poetry, including Casey at the Bat and an original poem written especially for the day.
1 p.m.: Jane Shauck, photographer of the New York Mets
1:30 p.m.: Mark Chiarello, watercolor painter of Negro League players
2 p.m.: Baseball Hall of Fame educator Larry Moore presents an overview of the history of the Negro Leagues
2:30 p.m.: meet James Overmyer, author of Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles
3 to 4 p.m.: children may pick up a FREE souvenir Louisville Slugger mini-bat while supplies last. Bats donated courtesy of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville, Kentucky
ongoing: Jane Shauck and Mark Chiarello exhibitions; design your own baseball card; play catch with the Pittsfield Colonials; book signing: A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve with author Douglas Gladstone.
Program free with regular Museum admission.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262