Over the past week, I’ve gotten a couple of emails about an upcoming event that I thought might be of interest to a few of you, especially considering that it involves… this guy:
If any of you live in the Portland, Oregon area–or plan on being there during the first week of December–then you’re probably going to want to stop by Floating World Comics on the 6th for an art show organized by Jason Leivian that could only be called SPACENIGHT: A Tribute to Bill Mantlo.
That’s right: An entire art show dedicated to ROM, featuring work by John Buscema, Al Milgrom, Corey Lewis, and even Jeffery Brown, who I assume will be doing a picture where ROM gets sad because Starshine left him for the guy who works at the local record store or something, but still!
They’ll be selling digital prints and original art, and the best part of all is that the show’s going to serve as a fundraiser for Bill Mantlo, whose legendary career was tragically cut short by an accident while he was rollerblading in 1992. And if you’re not in the Portland area, don’t worry: Leivian plans to make all the work available in a tribute book–the profits from which will also be going to help Bill’s brother and caregiver Michael.
And to top it all off, he’s still looking for artists to contribute to the show. Given that the show opens on December 6, though, you’ll probably want to move fast on that. You can contact him for details at jason [at] floatingworldcomics [dot] com, and he’s accepting high-res art for the show of ROM and the rest of his cast as .tiff or .pdf until November 16.
Long-time ISB readers (and anyone who’s seen the script for my upcoming FlashBack Universe story) will probably recall that Mantlo is one of my all-time favorite writers, and just like David Yurkovich’s excellent Mantlo: A Life in Comics, Leivian’s art show seems like a great way to give back to a guy who gave us so much in a career marked by almost always being better than he had to be.