Asylum Press will be at San Diego Comic Con at booth #1528 on July 9 - 12, 2015. We'll be featuring all new Fearless Dawn comics (Eye of The Beholder, Hard Times and In Outer Space) as well as a backlist of hard-to-find comics and graphic novels including EEEK!, Asylum of Horrors, Warlash, Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell, and Steve Mannion sketchbooks.
Cosplayer Loretta Vampz will be at the booth every day in a new costume including Fearless Dawn.
If you're attending San Diego Comic Con this weekend, stop by the Asylum Press booth (#1528 on convention floor map) and check out our convention exclusive multi-color silkscreened art prints, printed at Family Industries by master printer Old Dirty Joe. The Cartoon Cat is limited to 100 copies signed by the artist and numbered with a thumbprint on the back ($100). Molly's Nightmare is limited to 50 copies signed by the artist and numbered with a thumbprint on the back ($100).
In addition, the booth will have a variety of laser color prints for sale.
Artist Frank Forte will be signing comic books, art prints and original art all weekend. Frank's credits include Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, and LEGO: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Out.
Artist Spotlight – Frank Forte
As an animator Frank Forte has worked on Despicable Me 2, Bob’s Burgers, Allen Gregory, The Super Hero Squad Show, and many many more. He has also written and drawn many comics over the years as well as started Asylum Press. He’s going to be guest editing issue #271 of Heavy Metal magazine along with contributing to the issue and he has an art gallery show coming up. This seemed like a good time to turn the artist spotlight on him.
BLEEDING COOL: How did you get started drawing?
FRANK FORTE: I Started by copying cartoons off the TV – Old Hanna Barbara and Warner Brothers. I would also copy from comic books. I remember a story from first grade where me and some friends were drawing these drunk characters drinking beer. I think because all of our parents drank. But it was pages and pages of these bad drawings of drunk characters chugging beer, falling down, puking – it was hilarious – we were laughing so hard. How would first graders know this stuff? From our parents! where else? Then we got caught. – the teachers looked at these drawings of drunk people and we got in a lot of trouble. Our parents had to come in and the school showed them the drawings trying to say we were delinquents or something. It was the 70′s. For some reason all the kids pointed at me like it was MY idea – they told the school I was the ringleader or something. The next day none of the kids would talk to me. Their parents told them to stay away from me. I was like, “we were all in it together,” why blame me? Anywa, my mom wasn’t too upset. I think she just shrugged her shoulders. I think I still have the drawings somewhere.
BC: Who were your biggest influences?
FF: In comics, at first it was John Byrne and Chris Clairemont’s X-Men. It was early 80′s Marvel. Frank Miller (Daredevil), Michael Golden (Micronauts), Werner Roth, and Sal Buscema. Everyone likes John Buscema, but I was always a Sal guy. Then I got into horror and it was all Bernie Wrightson, Graham Ingels and Tales from The Crypt. Those artists blew me away. They could really draw. That led me to the Warren books, 1994, Vampirella, Eerie and Creepy. Then the magazine racks led me to Heavy Metal. Once I found all these European comic artists, it was all over. I stopped reading tights and capes books and just read Heavy Metal, Epic, The Catalan Books and anything else that didn’t have a comics code. It wasn’t long before I found Zap, Fat Freddie’s Cat and all the San Francisco underground stuff. For animation, I’m a big fan of classic Warner Brothers and Fleischer Studios cartoons. In college, it was Spumco and John K all the way. Also, Beavis and Butthead, Terry Gilliam (Monty Python), Bill Plympton and Liquid Television.
BC: What is your process for doing a page? How long does it take you?
FF: For the Bob’s Burgers comic it was all digital. We would work out rough layouts from the script and pass it by the Supervising Director of the TV show, Bernard Derriman. He would make notes and then we’d finish it. We were free to add our own style to the books and any sight gags we thought might spice it up. So it was fun. Then I’d digitally ink in Photoshop and color in Photoshop as well. These pages took a while. If I did soup to nuts with letters, it was about 1.5 - 2 days per page.
BC: Where might folks have seen your work previously?
FF: Recently, I’ve been self-publishing comics through my indie publishing company Asylum Press. I’ve written and drawn The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Billy Boy and Zombie Terrors, among others. I did colors on some of the Fearless Dawn books by Steve Mannion. In the animation industry, my day job, I do storyboards. I’ve worked on Despicable Me 2 (boarded the El Macho jumping out of the plane sequence), Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, Lego: Hero Factory and Marvel Heroes 4D (A dark ride at Madame Tussauds in London).
BC: What are you working on now?
FF: I’m currently doing storyboard revisions on the Bob’s Burgers TV show. Recently, Kevin Eastman asked me to be guest editor for Heavy Metal Magazine. It was a real thrill. I felt like I came full circle. I gathered together all the writers and artists that worked fro Asylum Press and put together a horror/sci-fi extravaganza that is sure to blow people away. It’s HM issue #271 and will be on sale in October.
BC: What is your dream project?
FF: To write an 8-page horror story. Have Bernie Wrightson draw it. Get Tim Vigil to ink it. Dave Stewart to color and Tom Orzechowski to letter (of course). Then have Jim Shooter do the edits. Yeah, that would be cool.
Bob’s Burgers and Despicable Me 2 Artist Has Art Exhibit in LA
Frank Forte, a storyboard and comic book artist and founder of Asylum Press, will be showing eight new paintings as part of the Laluzapalooza Jury Winners, which coincides with the José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ Profanity Pop exhibit at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. The show runs August 1 – 31, 2014. Frank will be attending the opening night reception on Friday, August 1, 8-11 pm.
Frank has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. His credits include Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, and LEGO: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Out.
“I’m influenced by classic black and white cartoons, old comic books and advertising art from the 1930’s through the 1950’s”, explains Frank Forte, “I’ve taken all of these influences and attempted to capture a vintage feeling as well as incorporate modern themes of pop culture and surrealism.”
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90027
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San Diego Comic Con 2014
Asylum Press is exhibiting at San Diego Comic Con on July 23 - 27, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. We're located in booth 1528 -- next to the Heavy Metal booth. "Girls and Corpses," voted the weirdest magazine in the world" by MTV, will be joining us with special guests: TERA PATRICK (Playboy cover girl and ex-porn star) and FARRAH ABRAHAM (MTV Reality star). Tera will be signing her issue of the comedy/horror magazine on Thursday July 24 and Friday July 25, and Farrah will be there to sign items on Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27. The girls haven't revealed their cosplay outfits yet for the show, but they will be sure to grab eyeballs!
For more info about this mega summer event, visit the SDCC website.
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