“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Friday, July 17, 2009


[**EDIT: I will be in Artists' Alley, Table II-17**]

I should make a point to say that I will be at this year's annual geek/nerd cattle drive known as the SAN DIEGO COMIC CON.

If you've never been there before, well... I don't have the words to describe it. But let me be absolutely clear that it's the farthest thing from a comicbook show that you'll ever find - regardless of how it's advertised or its age-old moniker. It's like saying that Jabba is only a little fat, or that Anakin (in all of his incarnations) was just a little stupid. And the fact that they still insist on calling it 'Comic Con International: San Diego' is just slightly left of ridiculous.

But I digress.

I'm not going for there for the beast. I'm going for the beauty. And by 'beauty' I'm speaking of the people whose company I'm keeping while I'm in Artist's Alley: MR. TIM TOWNSEND, MR. JONBOY MEYERS, MR. MARK IRWIN, MR. ALEX GARNER, and MR. DAN PANOSIAN - I like to refer to these guys as the 'cool kids' in the school. They've all hung around each other in past shows, they've all got that 'Rat Pack' type of history, and I've always wondered what it felt like to get up on stage with Dean-O, Sammy and Frank. This year I get my chance. I hope I make for a pretty good Peter Lawford. Or maybe I'm Angie Dickenson? Yeah, okay - I can live with that. I just hope I don't embarrass them too much.

That said, at the suggestion of my good friend and art rep Jason Schachter, I'm going have a portfolio book called 'INT[e]RMISSION'. The book is 24 pages long, filled with select images from the first portfolio book called 'PREMIER[e]'. I know what some of you may be saying,
"Didn't you say that you'd never sell a sketchbook type thing unless you actually had a product worth making a sketchbook for? What happened to '...a supplemental disc with no movie'?"
Here's the thing - I guess not everyone can afford a $250.00USD 'sketchbook'. Who would've thunk it? So basically, this issuing is for those kind folks who'd like to show their support for my work, it's for the ones who'd really like to walk away from a show like SDCC with something from me (it baffles me, I swear), and it's for those who'd like to get a quickie sketch without breaking their weekend budgets.

But fear not, owners of PREMIER[e] - this new book is nowhere near as extensive nor as exhaustive a collection of my works as the copy you own. Like I said, INT[e]RMISSION is only 24 pages in length (full color and B&W images) and it's a mere sampling of the 4oo page monster that you dropped some serious coin on. And, as before, all the profits will go towards the LIGHTBOX project I'm involved with. If you've no idea what I'm refering to, please scroll down to the earlier post where I mentioned LIGHTBOX and what we're trying to do.

The book is $25.00USD and comes with a free sketch from me on the inside of the fancy pearl finish cover that you see above. Please drop by, support my dangerous comicbook production habit and let me have the distinct pleasure of shaking your hand in order to thank you personally for all the support that you've shown me and my work. And maybe... just maybe... we can do a little dance, make a little love...and, you know....get down tonight.

Have a great weekend everyone and for those attending the cattle drive, I'll see all of you very soon.

I will also be taking on commissions during the four day event as well as selling original 90 minute images at my table. If you'd like to get on my commissions list before the show opens, please contact Jason Schachter and he'll be more than happy to set up the terms with you.

And speaking of original art, I'll be hanging out with my friend MR. SEAN GORDON MURPHY - who (I hope) will bring all of his original pages to sell. If you've neer seen Sean's work, then you're in for a REAL treat. And if you've never thought about buying artwork from an artist before, you should genuinely make your first a Sean Murphy original. The guy is humble as hell (and unlinke me, he's not fake about it), and from my last recollection at NYCC, his originals go for a song. Sean... you fool. If you folks don't buy them - well, GOOD. I'll buy them for myself. I loves me some SGM art.

Again, thanks a bundle for all of your support and I hope you and I get a chance to talk.


Lara West said...


...but I can't be there for the Comic-Con...;_____;

Can I send an ambassador for me?

I love your art and you know that I'm honest! :)


Tom said...

I wish I could make the show and thank you in person for all the inspiration and entertainment your work has provided!

Will the sketchbook be available for online purchases?

Also, Sean Gordon Murphy is amazing!

Nonie said...

Hell yeah, man. I'll swing by and get one. I have some trinkets I shall bestow upon thee as well. What booth, pray tell?

kevgasmic said...

You wouldn't happen to still have a few copies of PREMIER[e] would you? lol

Koolistar said...

Fantastic, gonna get this book, what is your booth number?

Andre Szymanowicz said...

This is one of those things I'll have to reserve some money for! I'm glad you did this!
I have a lot of new stuff I want to show you. See ya there Eric!

Kimmychu said...

*gasp* Your blog is back! So nice to see new art from you again!

Is there any way for people to buy the book online? I can't go to SDCC this year, but I'd love to own a copy of your book!

Oh, and about Premiere ... any chance I can still purchase a copy?

Chrispy said...

This news really hurts, not only will you be there with a new book to boot, but you will also be chilling with my boy Sean, this sucks, but its all good man, i really hope you guys have a great time, and i will be getting that book from you too, lol. Take care E! PEACE!

Guy Mann said...

Personally, I'd rather see a larger sketchbook from you. Your sketches are fascinating to me. That is why I would find a sketchbook more intriguing. To me sketchbooks have more to pour over and study rather than finished art. Plus, 24 pages isn't big enough for me.

andy kuhn said...

see you this weekend, bro! :)

Christopher Soprano said...

Artist's Alley will always be the best part, especially when graced with your work.

maxime said...

hello Eric,
it was a pleasure meeting you in san diego, even for a few minutes (i was the shy french guy, hanging out with olivier coipel)
i'm really happy to and see your website is back online too.

your art is awesome and it really inspires me to draw more and more