Vanguard Productions, publishers of the critically acclaimed Popular Artist Sketchbook Series launches it's new "Drawings" Series with the renowned comics and fantasy illustrator, Michael William Kaluta!
Michael William Kaluta has been referred to as the artist's artist. He has earned that reputation by immersing himself in the worlds he draws, offering up his visions with painstaking detail -- from Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age through the noir era of The Shadow to the delightfully retro sci-fi worlds of Starstruck, and all places in between.
Echoes collects drawings from the myriad periods of Kaluta's notable career and reveals the artist's unique passion for historical accuracy and unbridled fantasy, traits that have inspired more than one generation of artists and aficionados.
This treasury presents Kaluta's most memorable characters and illustrations with compelling new and heretofore-unseen studies and projects including the artist's motion picture/TV and theatrical work. Writer/ Designer Dean Motter (Mister X, The Prisoner, Terminal City) and J. David Spurlock (Space Cowboy, Williamson Sketchbook, etc.) have designed and compiled this provocative collection of drawings from Kaluta's personal archives with the artist's full participation. Commentary by Concrete creator Paul Chadwick and M. W. Kaluta.
The Limited Edition, gold-foil embossed, leatherette, hardcover, is signed by Kaluta and features a 16-page bonus portfolio not found in the trade edition! Both editions feature an appreciation by best-selling Sandman author, Neil Gaiman!
"The production-values in Vanguard's ECHOES: DRAWINGS OF MICHAEL Wm. KALUTA have an apparent edge over NBM's WINGS OF TWILIGHT... Richness of tone in Vanguard's inks brings out something more like the luster and depth of glazed oil paintings (true also of the B&W work that predominates in ECHOES: even pencil roughs seem varnished and resonant in this presentation). NBM's quality of inks is certainly true to the splendid watercolor renderings that predominate in its WINGS, but Vanguard has pushed production-values further."
-- Kenneth Smith THE COMICS JOURNAL, Special #3 (Winter 2003)
Whether one first discovered the work of Michael William Kaluta with his comic book rendition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Carson of Venus, the romantic fantasy prints produced in concert with his colleagues Jeffrey Jones, Bernie Wrightson, and Barry Windsor-Smith in The Studio, the art deco tour-de-force Metropolis or his series of beaux arts cover illustrations for Vertigo's The Books of Magic; Echoes will both take you back and reveal previously unknown dimensions of this gifted illustrator..