Texeira "Artistic Double-Play" at SDCC 2009
Yeah, we know you've heard of that ball playing fella -- who spells his name wrong... but the artist named Texeira is about to be up at bat now with an artistic "double-play" all his own, as the fine art painter and illustrator hits the San Diego Comic Con with TWO new books debuting for the first time at the paramount comics/media trade show July 22-26. Think of “Ghost Rider,” "Wolverine," "Punisher," "Pscythe," “Moonknight,” “Black Panther,” “Conan,” “Vampirella,” and you think of Mark Texeira and his body of amazing work. A massive 128 pages, the color art book from Vanguard Productions showcases all this and more, with a study of Texeira's classical painting techniques applied to his old world portraiture work, as well as showing how his talent is coupled with modern sequential art to great effect. In fact, "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira -- The Artist's Great Escape," is a lush retrospective of Mark's whole career--from his beginnings in the hard streets of NYC to his rise in the competitive world of commercial illustration. Written by Renee Witterstaetter, with additional research by Patricia Snodgrass, the new book is available in softcover, hardcover and deluxe slipcased hardcover--the later with an additional 16 page portfolio section. "Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira" will be available at the Vanguard Productions booth. Check with Vanguard for special signing and sketching times with Texeira as well. In addition, "Babes & Brawn," a new softcover sketchbook will also be available at SDCC. Measuring 5.5 x 8.5, the new book features 32 pages of art, not duplicated in any other publication, and highlighting sketches produced by Mark on his recent European tour to Brussels, France and The Netherlands. The sketchbook serves as a companion to a hardcover sketchbook due out next year. "Babes & Brawn -- Sketches by Mark Texeira," will be available at Mark's table at the SDCC while supplies last. Be looking for Mark’s newest work in the upcoming Punisher mini-series for Marvel Comics, fantastic painted interiors for Wizards of the Coast; and a new Planet of the Apes painted piece currently on the table! In addition Mark is also scheduled to be the subject of the much anticipated new DVD interview and tutorial from Woodcrest Productions/Eva Ink entitled “Creator Chronicles: Mark Texeira.” In the meantime, you can score your own artistic "home run" by being one of the first in line to pick up BOTH of Mark Texeira's amazing new books at SDCC. For more information on the artist, his work and commissions, contact: www.evaink.com.