BERWYN – Reel Art Collectibles and the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo – aka C2E2 – are hosting an in-store appearance of some of Chicago’s internationally renowned illustrators at Reel Art Collectibles, 6727 Stanley Ave., Berwyn.
The artists will be at the store from noon to 3 p.m. March 22. All will have posters and examples of their work for attendees to buy and get signed. Artists will also be available to meet fans and to sign books, comics, prints, posters and more.
The event is free and open to the public.
Free tickets to C2E2, held at McCormick Place in Chicago April 25 through 27, and other items will be raffled off.
Reel Art Collectibles will also be opening its warehouse that week for its famous Warehouse Sale with many items at deep liquidation prices. Here are a few details about the artists:
Gary Gianni’s artwork has appeared in numerous magazines, children’s books, comic books and paperbacks. In 1997, he won the Eisner Award for Best Short Story, “Batman: Black and White,” for DC Comics. In 2004, he became the artist on the internationally syndicated comic strip Prince Valiant. In 2013, came the release of George R.R. Martin’s “Songs of Ice and Fire” 2014 calendar, the book series that is the source of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
For nearly 25 years, Scott Gustafson has worked for many publishers, including Celestial Seasonings, Playboy magazine, Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange, Dreamworks and more. His book, “Classic Fairy Tales,” was awarded a Chesley award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Randy Broecker‘s acclaimed artwork has appeared in books published by many fantasy publishers. He is the author/compiler of the World Fantasy Award-nominated, “Fantasy of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History” and co-author of “Art of the Imagination: 20th Century Visions of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy.”
Hilary Barta has had a long comics career with more than 240 credits working as an inker at Marvel and DC Comics. He is a respected penciler and writer for a ’90s-version of Plastic Man. He draws stories for the Simpsons and SpongeBob comics.
Doug Klauba is an award-winning illustrator, noted for his new pulp cover art. His work is recognized for his dramatic use of lighting in a heroic-deco style influenced by pulp magazine art and retro movie poster illustration. Many have been included in the art annuals of Spectrum, the Society of Illustrators and Imagine FX magazine.
Alex Wald is an artist whose resume includes an Eisner nomination for coloring “Shaolin Cowboy,” and comic art for Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor.” He is art director for 1First Comics in Northbrook. Aaron Miller specializes in fantasy and science fiction art.
Rafael Nieves began writing comics in 1987. His work for Marvel comic book “Bloodlines” was nominated for two Eisner awards in 1993. Since then, he’s written a number of titles including “Hellstorm,” “Prince of Lies,” “The Phantom,” “Haunting Tales of Horrorbles” and “Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown” coming out in April from 1First Comics.