| October 5, 2003 | Perez's Baltimore 2002 Sketch
Why George Perez is the Coolest Cat in Comics
posted 10/5/03 4:32 AM
At last year's Baltimore Comic Con, I
asked George on Saturday if he'd be able to do a sketch of my wife in
her wedding dress on the following day. He was already booked up for
Saturday, but he took the picture I'd brought anyway and WORKED ON IT
IN HIS HOTEL ROOM THAT NIGHT.
This is the photograph I gave him:
And this is what George came up with:
This was one of her Christmas gifts that year (she's a big fan of George's work on Wonder Woman) and you have NO idea how hard it was for me to keep my mouth shut about this sketch for three months. :)
She loved it, George. Thanks again.
And that's why he's the coolest cat in comics.
There are also a couple of other Pérez sketches on
Russ Anderson's ALL ABOUT RUSS. I am hosting the images above because geocities does not allow direct image linking.)
From Marcus Mebes
| June 20, 2002 |
Ebay Item: 2114208693
Wonder Girl (5), from jean.valjean via Ebay
Ebay Item: 2114779585
Ebay Item: 2114701404
From serialfan, via Ebay:
Just created at HeroesCon 2002 in Charlotte.
Up for bid is an Avengers sketch featuring 7 great artists and 7 great
charachters. The piece is drawn on an 11 X 14 Bristol 100pt page. It
features: A George Perez (Avengers/JLA) pencil/ink full figure THOR, a
George Tuska (70's Iron Man and Silver Age artist) pencil only Iron
Man, an Art Adams (X-Men, Monkeyman & O'Brien and cover artist par
excellance) pencil/ink Hulk head and shoulder, Kevin Nowlan (Batman/Dr.
Strange) pencil only Beast head shot, Georges Jeanty (Bishop/Weapon X)
pencil/ink Scarlet Witch full figure, Gene Gonzales (Showcase)
pencil/ink Ant Man/Wasp, and Ron Garney (Captain America/Hulk)
pencil/ink Captain America head and partial shield shot.
Avengers artist jam
(Vu: I've noticed this trend where
people at convention line up to get free, or paid, sketches, only to
sell it a few days later on Ebay,
hoping to make profit. Although, I don't agree with this practice, it
does give some opportunities for those who can't attend the convention
to get original art.)
From Heroes Convention
| June 14, 2002 |
Heroes Charity Auction
Sunday, June 16
4.00 pm -- 2002 Charity Art Auction, to benefit the Saving Baby Jordan fund. For more information, click here.
2002 CHARITY ART AUCTION
In 1987, Heroes Convention
offered the first of its Charity Art Auction, to benefit the now-late
Sam Grainger. Sam suffered from diabetes and struggled with hospital
bills in his last years without health insurance, and convention
promoter Shelton Drum decided there was something he could do to
help--along with the assistance of that year's attending professionals,
raising over $4,000.
In 1995, at the
suggestion of then Ash writer/penciller Joe Quesada, we brought the Art
Auction back, this time to benefit the Charlotte Firefighters Burned
Children Fund. Over the years, we have gotten one-day totals as high as
$25,000 for the Burned Children Fund, owing not only to the donations
of art by participating professionals, but also to the donation of
signed books and time by luminaries like Quesada and Perez.
Recently, we have
gradually moved the focus of the Art Auction towards more
industry-specific issues: in 1997, we donated half of the proceeds to
the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. In 2001, we split the proceeds
again, this time giving half to a fund benefiting Harlan Ellison's KICK
Internet Piracy lawsuit versus AOL/Time Warner.
This year, we've decided to dedicate the entire auction's proceeds to the
Saving Baby Jordan
fund. Two year old Jordan Atherton is fighting Medulloblastoma, a rare
form of brain cancer, and one exceptionally resistant to treatment.
Jordan is the niece of fan-favorite comic artist John Romita, Jr; the
entire Romita family has worked incredibly hard to help cover some of
the expenses for Jordan's care and treatment, not covered by the
family's insurance companies. The expenses will be staggering, to say
the least. JR JR recently set a Guinness book world record for
continuous sketching in Times Square, doing over 450 drawings and
working for over 51 hours straight--if he can put that sort of effort
in, we figure this year's Art Auction is the least we can do.
"We intend to have this
comic art auction benefit someone in need within our comic community
every year," says convention promoter Shelton Drum. "You don't have to
wear a cape to be a hero."
All you have to do to help is purchase
or bid on an item during this years Charity Art Auction. The
now-legendary event offers one-of-a-kind collectibles donated by
attending artists, as well as originals from creators unable to attend
this year, but still willing to help out with a good cause. Many of the
artists will be producing original drawings or painting on easels
throughout the show, with the final products to be auctioned off
Sunday, June 16, beginning at 3 pm. And with an auctioneer like George
Perez, it's worth it to stop by even if you're short of funds, just for
the entertainment value!
From Heroes Convention
| June 14, 2002 |
Proving himself to be the biggest fanboy
at the show, convention promoter Shelton Drum shows off two pieces he
picked up at the Art Auction. "But it's for a good cause!" he insisted,
but we know the truth. Fanboy.
(Drum is the owner of the art jam, which Pérez started off the jam,
despite the fact that he could not attend the 2002 convention. See
related: Heroes Art Jam Piece.)
From George Pérez
| June 5, 2002 |
From George Perez (04 Jun 2002)
First, my wife Carol I want to thank all of you who sent well wishes and
sentiments regarding my father-in-law.
My wife's dad, Thomas J. Flynn, passed away sometime between 8 and 8:30 PM
on June 1st, 2002. Dad died about a half-hour before we got there, but at
least he's at peace. He was buried at the State Veterans Cemetery in Black
Mountain, NC on June 4th. Carol and I just returned from the funeral. Due
to Dad's earlier-than-expected passing, and with encouragement from both my
wife and mother-in-law, I will still be attending the Heroes Con in
Charlotte this Father's Day weekend.
Mom said that Dad would have wanted it that way.
Take care all,
(From Vu: If you want to send your condolences, please email them to me and I will forward it to George. This is really a tragedy, considering that George's 48th birthday is on the 9th of June.)
From George Pérez
| June 1, 2002 |
From George Pérez
Due to a family illness (my wife's father is in the final stages of cancer
and has been given a very short time to live) I will likely not be attending
the Heroes Con this year. While my father-in-law lives in Asheville, NC and
I may be in the area during Father's Day weekend, it would be inappropriate
for me to attend the show since my wife will need me for support during this
time. If my father-in-law dies before Heroes Con I may be able to come to
the show to handle the auction (barring funeral arrangements causing
schedule conflicts), but my participation in the show would understandably
be limited to that. I've already spoken with convention organizer and
longtime friend Shelton Drum about this unfortunate turn of events and
really regret not being able to attend this very special show. I hope
everyone understands and I apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience
this may cause.
COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1491 (14 Jun 2002)
| May 31, 2002 |
Heroes Con Turn 20
HEROES CON TURN 20
written by uncredited
transcribed by Vu
The Heroes Con Charity Art Auction offers one-of-a-kind collectibles
donated by attending artists, as well as originals from folks not
appearing at the show this year but still willing to help out with a
good cause. Many of the artists at the show do on-site at the con. Art
will be produced live on stage throughout the three-day show, with the
auction of all pieces, as well as additional works donated by
non-attending artists, to be held at 4pm Sunday, June 16. Perennial
HeroesCon "family member" George Pérez will again be the auctioneer,
continuing a tradition started in 1987. he volunteered that year to do
the auction that benefited the now-late Sam Grainger. Grainger suffered
from diabetes and struggled in his last years without health insurance.
After his death, Heroes Con sought another worthy local beneficiary to
receive the annual proceeds. In past years, the show has teamed up with
Pérez and other regulars like [Joe]
Quesada to donate money , time, and product to the Charlotte
Firefighters Burned Children Fund - one of the art auction's past
beneficiaries. This year's proceeds will be donated to the "Saving Baby
Jordan" fund (www.savingbabyjordan.com).
As reported in CBG #1487, 2-year-old Jordan Artherton, the niece of
artist John Romita Jr., is fighting a rare form of brain cancer. The
Romita family has worked to help cover some of the staggering expense
for the child's care and treatment not covered by the family's
insurance companies. Romita set a recent Guinness world record for
continuous sketching in Time Square, doing more than 450 drawings and
working for more than 51 hours straight. "We intend to have this
comic-art auction benefit someone in need within our comics community
every year," said Drum. "You don't have to wear a cape to be a hero."
Heroes Convention was established in
1982 by Shelton and Cynthia Drum, owners of the Charlotte-based comic
shop Heroes Aren't Hard to Find.
[ Read more on COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1491 (14 Jun 2002) ]
From George Pérez
| January 8, 2002 |
Convention Appearances 2002
I just wanted to clear up some info regarding my 2002 convention
appearances. Due to my heavy workload on JLA/AVENGERS (I'm pencilling the
second issue and am almost 1/3 through the inking of the first) I will be
doing only four conventions this year. They are:
MegaCon (Orlando, FL) in February,
Pittsburgh Comicon in April, Heroes Con
(Charlotte, NC) in June and Baltimore Comicon in October. Unfortunately, I
will not be attending either of the Wizard shows and will not be present in
San Diego this year.
I'll keep you up to date of any changes.
Thanks for the great job you're doing with this site.
From HEROES #20
| October 19, 2001 |
Heroes Con 2002
HEROES CONVENTION CHARLOTTE
June 14-16, 2002
Charlotte Convention Center
you & all of the regulars