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Tom Gianni 1960-2020

C2E2 2017

Tom Gianni was a fantastic illustrator. He was also a courtroom artist for WGN, NBC, and WTTW in Chicago.

I knew Tom through C2E2 and I made sure to stop by his table every year I went back. He was always up for talking shop.

Here’s a quick video from 2011 where he let me take a little video of a commission he was working on. (Sorry for the sound quality, but Artist Alley gets kinda noisy).

And here’s a few pics from over the years…

C2E2 2011
C2E2 2012
C2E2 2016
C2E2 2018

My favorite work of Tom’s was his illustrations of pulp fiction heroes like the Shadow and from Robert E. Howard stories.

©Lars Leonhard Drachmann

Fun side note – His work was awarded the Rankin Award for Artistic Achievement from the Robert E. Howard Foundation.

Best of all, his self-published Mechanic Anna.

An original Tom Gianni sketch on the Title page.

The last time I saw him at C2E2 in Chicago he had to leave abruptly as he was called to do some courtroom sketches. To see him take off harkened back to newsmen of the 1940s racing off to catch a story. And that’s how I’ll remember him…

He’ll be sorely missed…

My business card holder – purchased from Tom.
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Everett K. Ross at C2E2

Word on the street was that Ulysses Klaue was in Chicago April sixth through the eighth looking to fence a stash of stolen Vibranium. My Command Center for the weekend was at McCormick Place – concurrent to some convention called C2E2 (whatever that is).

As luck would have it I found an ally.
Enter – The Black Panther!

Unfortunately before we could pool our resources, Doctor Otto Octavius (street name Doctor Octopus) attacked! Thankfully Spider-Man happened on the scene and was able to subdue him before any injuries were incurred.

Derailed on my search for Klaue, I ran into a new formidable adversary…
Killmonger!

I’ll add that he was NOT at all happy that I called him “Killraven” by mistake.
The look he gave me after the fact was to die for – literally.

But before Killmonger could wipe that smug look off my face, we were set upon by Galactus, devourer of worlds!

Thinking fast, I made it known to the all-powerful Galactus where the nearest McDonalds was (to satiate his endless hunger) and the threat was over.
But Killmonger had escaped!

I barely had time to catch my breath before running into none other than…

Killmonger…AGAIN!

And he had obviously bulked up since our last encounter (something about a heart-shaped herb he ingested – a plant native to Wakanda).

But before he could exact his revenge on me, I was saved  by the combined forces of none other than  Supergirl and Wonder Woman!

My mind reeling from the licensing and copyright issues of a DC/Warner Brothers & Marvel/Disney crossover, I commandeered the nearest vehicle and made my escape.

All in all a successful assignment.

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C2E2 2016 – Artist Alley

A quick sampling of just a few of the artists on hand.
Click on images to see larger.

Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Only artist on this list who had a booth and wasn’t in Artist Alley.

Tom and Anna Richmond
Tom and Anna Richmond

Ramon Perez
Ramón Pérez

Tim Vigil
Tim Vigil

Thomas Gianni
Thomas Gianni

Gene Ha and Delia Jean Hickey
Gene Ha and Delia Jean Hickey

Eric Muson and Chan Chau
Erik Munson and Chan Chau

Douglas Klauba
Douglas Klauba

Dave Dorman
Dave Dorman

Chris Claremont
Chris Claremont

Brent and Nicole Schoonover
Brent and Nicole Schoonover

Billy Tucci
Billy Tucci

Ashleigh Popplewell
Ashleigh Popplewell

Arthur Adams
Arthur Adams

Andrew Pepoy
Andrew Pepoy

Jessica Lynn
Jessica Lynn

Jill Thompson
Jill Thompson

John Bivens
John Bivens

Christopher Jones and Hal Bichel
Christopher Jones and Hal Bichel

Jose Luis Garcia Lopez
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez

Luke Daab
Luke Daab

Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni
Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni

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C2E2 2015 – Sketches

Here’s a sampling of some of the sketches I did for C2E2.

Sally.small

Flash

forth.family

Krazy_Kat

Hil_friends

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Here’s my tools of choice for convention sketches.

markers

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens – here’s some links.

http://www.dickblick.com/items/20759-2023/
http://www.dickblick.com/items/21882-2020/

For a more comprehensive list of what I use in the studio try the following link.
Comics – Tools of the Trade

And for more on the convention, go to C2E2 2015.

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Conventions

C2E2 2015

A few of the sights this year at C2E2 in Chicago.

Line queuing up to enter Friday.
Line queuing up to enter Friday.

Artist Alley
Artist Alley

Me looking all serious at my table in Artist Alley.
Me looking all serious at my table in Artist Alley.


Didn’t get much time to leave my table, but touched base with a couple people….

Tom and Anna Richmond
Tom Richmond and his wife, Anna.

Brent Schoonover
Brent Schoonover

Andrew Pepoy
Andrew Pepoy

Luke Daab
Luke Daab


Wanted to touch base with Brendan Fletcher,
but I hit him at a time when his table was crazy busy.

Brendan Fletcher
Brendan Fletcher

He was kind enough to give Sally Forth a shout out on Twitter
when we featured Hillary dressed up as his version of Batgirl.


Ashleigh Popplewell took time out her hectic schedule to visit my booth.

Ashleigh Popplewell
Ashleigh Popplewell

We had tables next to each other back in 2012, where she gave gave some great pointers – like using the iPad for quick and easy reference.

Ashleigh back in 2012.
Ashleigh back in 2012.


And this year I got to sit next to one of my favorite artists, Lee Weeks!

Wolverine

For more art, check out the following: Lee Weeks
Fantastic to just shoot the sh*t during free moments here and there – great guy!


An added bonus this year was being able to meet up with fellow Kubert School alum Jessica Lynn.

Jessica Lynn
Jessica Lynn

She’s currently promoting her new Kickstarter project Fangirl.
Written by Tom Stillwell – color art by Zac Atkinson.

Zac Atkinson and Jessica Lynn.
Zac Atkinson and Jessica Lynn.

My preview copy  of Fangirl - signed by the artist!
My preview copy of Fangirl – signed by the artist!

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One of my favorite things to do at comic cons is see original art – here are just a couple from dealer Albert Moy.

Spiderman

Williamson


Could fill several blogs with the cosplay there. Here was a personal favorite…

Twins from the Shining.
Twins from the Shining.


Their was a fun list of celebrities there, but as mentioned
I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands for circulating.

Time permitting I would have stopped by to see Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell.
I’m sure with how busy her schedule was she feels the same regret about not being able to stop by to see me.

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter


Last but not least, the great thing about C2E2 is finding out about new artists.
Here’s Batman artist, Joaquin Orta. He was kind enough to stop by my table where we traded tips of the trade.

Joaquin Orta
Joaquin Orta

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All for now – deadlines looming.

A special  thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by my table.
Here’s looking forward to C2E2 2016!