The other day I got a message from Steve Wyatt, asking me to give him a call. Now, Steve is a retailer, con-promoter, artist and president of C.A.P.S. (Comic Art Professional Society). There were many reasons why he could want to talk, so I called. Turns out he is helping put together a new project and wanted to help spread the word, but not only to reader, but to other comic professionals.
The project is a tribute to Bernie Wrightson. The idea is to put together a high quality coffee table book featuring some of the top names in the comic industry. You'd see a piece of art by that artist on one side and the other would have their picture and how Bernie was an influence to them. Some of the artists already on board are: Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Stephen Bissette, Tim Bradstreet, James O'Barr, Simon Bisley, Richard Corben, Mike Kaluta, Frank Cho, Dan Brereton, and Bill Morrison who offered their assistance from the beginning. The forward is to be written by Steve Niles. You can follow along with new on the tribute here.
The book will be called Nightmares & Dreams; Inspired by Bernie Wrightson.
They're looking to have 100 artists in the book, and while they've already got some big names and received some images… they are still looking for more artists to contribute. They're wish list is over three pages long and includes some amazing names including writers to do written tributes. There are plans for a special edition of the book featuring the signatures of all the artists participating as well as signed prints. These will be used as rewards for the upcoming Kickstarter project.
And after the book is ready, they will be auctioning off the original art with 100% of the proceeds net of the art and book going to Bernie's wife Liz Wrightson. The idea is to not only help alleviate the strain from Bernie's medical bills, but also to help Liz keep the legacy of Bernie alive.
The Book: It will be published and distributed by IDW. There will be both a Hardcover for the Kickstarter and a Softcover to be sold thru stores and distributed thru Diamond and IDW. It will be published in a 8 1/2 X 11 vertical format. Each piece of art will be printed on the right page with a picture of the artist and the inspiration/text from the artist under the picture. Thru IDW we also have permission from DC & Dan DiDio to use their properties in the art.
If you are a comic professional and were influence by the amazing work of Bernie Wrightson, they are still looking for more artists. Check out this video for more information.
Here are some of the pieces already turned in that will be on display at SDCC.