Be Here Now: Albany Comic Con @ the Holiday Inn, 11/11/12

November 9th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

Albany Comic Con 2012

The fifth annual Albany Comic Con – the premier comic book and collectibles show in the Capital Region – takes over the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany from 10am-4pm on Sunday (November 11). Admission is $5.

20 exhibitors and vendors will host display tables at the convention, and more than 40 comic book artists and writers will be on hand, as well. The convention will also feature a costume contest and several panel discussions with professionals, covering such topics as “The Art of Inking,” “Writing Fantasy 101” and “Comics to Movies.”

In addition, the convention will host a silent auction of original comic book artwork to benefit the Capital District Ronald McDonald House Charities. Local comic book professionals – including Joe Sinnott, Lee Moder, Paul Abrams, Fred Hembeck, Tom Raney, Mark McKenna and many others – have donated original sketches, which will be up for bidding from 10am-3pm.

There is no admission charge to enter the silent auction. Admission to the rest of Albany Comic Con is $5.

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INTERVIEW: Dick Ayers, Master Comic Book Artist

October 26th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
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“We had had no school to go to,” says 87-year-old comic book artist Dick Ayers. “You went to a regular art school, and that’s what I told ’em in the art school. I got upset. ‘You guys are all the camera, the single Kodak camera. I’m the movie camera. I’m telling them a story.’”

One of at least 36 comic book artists scheduled to appear on Sunday at the Albany Comic Con at the Holiday Inn Albany on Wolf Road, Ayers may be less high profile than some other artists appearing at the convention – like Joe Sinnott, Jim Starlin, Fred Hembeck and Bill Anderson – but he has been a personal inspiration to me since I was seven years old.

I remember the moment I saw my first painted cover edition of The Lone Ranger 60 years ago as if it were yesterday. It was on the middle shelf of Eaton’s Drug Store in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and it featured the masked man punching out the bad guy. The motion captured in that painting and the expression of determination on the masked man’s face completely captivated me.

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Be Here Now: Rock N Roll Expo & Albany Comic Con, 4/17/11

April 13th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Pop culture collectors will likely be zipping up and down Wolf Road in Colonie on Sunday. There’s a double-header – with the Rock N Roll Expo at the Albany Marriott and the Albany Comic Con at the Holiday Inn.

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