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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 7:50 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

Comic-Con Journey to the Heart of The New Summer Vacation


Americans have a long summer vacation tradition of visiting the foreign capitals of the world and being sure to spend at least one day in each nation’s most iconic art museum. In Paris, we visit the Louvre. In Madrid, the Prado. In Rome, the Borghese. We feel far more comfortable in identifying the different peoples of our planet through examples of their greatest art works than we do about identifying ourselves as being represented by any one iconic “American” art museum or artist. Maybe the country is just too big for one musuem and so it has always fallen to our pop arts to carry the true visual narrative of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of the masses.





Comic-Con has become the new arts and culture go-to in domestic summer vacation destinations. It makes sense that so many are drawn to this mecca of re-connection with the roots of our first awakening into the joys and wonders of mythical and fantasy narratives. Where our organized religions and public school civics classes have stumbled, our comic books have for the last century taken up the slack in teaching us our codes of decency and chivalry and world citizenship. Now we are drawn to spend some hard-earned vacation time in enjoying what over the years has become for so many of us our guiltiest sheer pleasure, the feast of dynamic art and creative storytelling that is the All-American art form of the comic book, as well as a celebration of the movies and games and all else that has sprung from these simple works of ink on paper.





deviantART at San Diego Comic-Con International


We are hosting five panels covering the superstars of deviantART, yuumei, yayacosplay, Fan Art Law and "How To" on using deviantART as a publishing platform. And just like last year, deviantART is bringing the digital world to the comic convention floor in Artists' Alley.


Click here for detailed information about our various panels!



Scholarship-Winning Deviants


Of special interest to deviant ARTists spending some vacation time at Comic-Con this year will be the works of six scholarship-winning deviants that will be on display in Artists Alley and will be critiqued by leading industry professionals. The winners were chosen by comics industry veteran DeevElliott. Also, deviantART is hosting a cosplay art show culled from over 15,000 photographic submissions. Prints will be available through silent auction, with proceeds going to the Shriners Burn Hospital.






deviantART Comic-Con on Pintrest


Take a look at the work of over 100 deviants participating in Artists' Alley on our Comic-Con Pinterest board!




In the comics world, we project the best of ourselves and our hopes and dreams for our lives and the lives of all others on the planet. Of course our fantasy narratives are missing many of the key “real-world” pieces that doom real-world efforts at achieving peace and tranquility, but our intent is pure and good. And until we figure out the really difficult real-world solutions to solving our cultural, political and environmental impasses, let us be sure to safe-keep our dreams of peace and justice, if only on the pages of our comic book art.





Questions for the Reader


  1. Is there any one artist who best defines your particular country's art for the world?
  2. Do you feel that fine artists like Pollock and Warhol tell the story of America as well as what might be understood by reading comic books?
  3. Have you been more inspired as an artist (or an arts enthusiast) by comic book artists or by fine artists (American and other)?
  4. Which art museum in the world would you most like to visit before you die?
  5. Which comic book or pop artist would you most like to meet before you die?



Comic-Con journey to the heart of the new summer vacation. Americans have a long summer vacation tradition of visiting the foreign capitals of the world and being sure to spend at least one day in each nation’s most iconic art museum. In Paris, we visit the Louvre. In Madrid, the Prado. In Rome, the Berghese. We feel far more comfortable in identifying the different peoples of our planet through examples of their greatest art works than we do about identifying ourselves as being represented by any one iconic “American” art museum or artist. Maybe the country is just too big for one musuem and so it has always fallen to our pop arts to carry the true visual narrative of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of the masses.
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:iconvictoriarosenight:
victoriarosenight Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student General Artist
love it and comic-con
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zdnew23 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
i like it!
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aviao3000 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
amore
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AngelDemonLOLZ Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
im jealous!!! i wanna go!!!! but i heard just the admission thingy is like $50!!
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f2mi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
wooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww coollllll man
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f2mi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
oh my god this is cool man...
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:iconreasonbeautifulchild:
FFFFFFFFFFFFFF Yuumei's going to Comic-con. I wish I lived in San Diego or was even on that side of the US.

For #3 and #5, Yuumei inspires me the most and I wish to meet her before I die lol.
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bluebrothers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Well we become he dreams of peace and justice we safe-keep and build. Because we become what we th-ink of most of the time. This journal is really the best, keep sharing this magnificient obsessions. [I can relate, I was comics between my 14 and 17th, I knew everything from Krazy Kat to Clowes and all the commercial stuff too lol]. Thanks
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Abberz1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Great journal, I hope I can visit a Comic-Con one day, it looks amazing :)

1.Is there any one artist who best defines your particular country's art for the world?
(England) L.S.Lowry or Banksy.

2.Do you feel that fine artists like Pollock and Warhol tell the story of America as well as what might be understood by reading comic books? I think that all art can tell you an incredible amount about a countries culture and history.

3.Have you been more inspired as an artist (or an arts enthusiast) by comic book artists or by fine artists (American and other)? First of all In my opinion comics/manga are a form of fine art they takes just as much or maybe even more effort as "traditional fine art" so should be considered the same and I'm inspired by a lot of different art mostly anything that expresses a great deal of emotion.

4.Which art museum in the world would you most like to visit before you die?
Already visited it, the Tate Modern in London but I wouldn't mind visiting the Lourve in Paris.

5.Which comic book or pop artist would you most like to meet before you die?
Any, I would just like to get advise on how I can create professional work like there's.
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:iconedd-zilla:
EDD-Zilla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Y en Hermosillo, Sonora México. ¿no abra?
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HeronyMiro Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Is this in America?
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abasi1976 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanx
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TlatoSMD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
1.) Is there any one artist who best defines your particular country's art for the world?

I find it a bit oversimplistic and superficial to sum up a country's culture by one single artist. Heck, with most Western national cultures, I wouldn't even be able to sum up mediums or genres by a single artist. Picking just one or two examples is really only what you do when looking at something from outside of it.

2.) Do you feel that fine artists like Pollock and Warhol tell the story of America as well as what might be understood by reading comic books?

Do they really have to be mutually exclusive? Also, don't you rather mean to say, "Can comic books be as sophisticated as fine art?" Because the way you've phrased that question, you're only getting people's opinions on Pollock and Warhol.

3.) Have you been more inspired as an artist (or an arts enthusiast) by comic book artists or by fine artists (American and other)?

See 2.)

4.) Which art museum in the world would you most like to visit before you die?

It may be a sad thing to say, but I guess most good art is on the internet already, or soon will be. I don't need to pilgrim to the physical originals to appreciate them. Which doesn't mean I'd consider it in excess that millions are spent on preserving, often even restoring mankind's greatest achievements on a physical level. When all our data servers crash, we still need to be able to photograph the original Mona Lisa, telecine the original camera negatives of [i]Lawrence of Arabia[/i], or scan Edison's original wax cylinders, just as our digital memory will have to double for the originals after a global disaster such as WWIII or an asteroid hit.

5.) Which comic book or pop artist would you most like to meet before you die?

Why do I have to meet a famous celebrity or artist in person? I'd bet that once they reach a certain level of stardom, most of them get their share of fan craziness enough so that they just wanna live in quiet rather than another nutcase gushing all over them. Another thing where web communication may have made things easier to handle for a lot of people.



Anyway, I just wanna say that the Ninth Art at question here is one out of the 4 artforms (cinema, short stories, popular music, and, well, comics) where North America really excels as long as you'll remember that comics are so much more than those flashy, violent superheroes. It's starting to feel like we Europeans have come to know much more what comics are about than you do.

You guys really need to start appreciating and honoring your true classics like Carl Barks, Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Bill Griffith, Winsor McKay, Walt Kelly, or, heck, even Dave Sim more (the thing with Sim is that I heard he has pretty weird outlooks presented in his works). The superheroes have taken over your comics so much that Don Rosa is an unknown in his own country while he's a superstar here in Europe, and hardly anybody remembers a certain fowl named Howard the Duck from a highly sophisticated satire comic series other than by a very, very bad life-action flick that rather shoulda been animated and much more like [i]Fritz the Cat[/i].

And yes, the Ninth Art is a general Western phenomenon that began at the very latest with caricatures in periodicals and pamphlets around the 1600s and 1700s that already had speech bubbles for what the characters were saying. The first artist to group those caricatures into sequences to tell stories by was Swissman Rodolphe Toepffer in the early 1800s, and around the mid-1800s, German cartoonist Wilhelm Busch really developed the artform. North America is just the first place where comics got really popular and a national industry in the form of newspaper funnies ever since [i]The Yellow Kid[/i] began appearing in [i]New York World[/i] in 1895.

Hmmm...I guess the Ninth Art is a lot like modern democracy. Started in Switzerland, fine-tuned by brilliant European individuals, first put into wide practice by North America, and upon crisis in America carried on by a Europe that has been converted by America. And curiously enough, both are pretty much mirrored invertedly with post-1945 popular music that really started in America and was then reflected back in the British Invasion that was played by whites but constituted a much better blend of black and white American music than any Americans had been capable of until then. (Side comment by Eric Idle: "Blues, that's black music, mostly sung by whites...")
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Dungeoneer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Q: Is there any one artist who best defines your particular country's art for the world?
A: Germany: Franz Marc, Hans Arp and Joseph Beuys

Q: Do you feel that fine artists like Pollock and Warhol tell the story of America as well as what might be understood by reading comic books?
A: I think Andy Warhol told the World a lot about America's culture and esp its odds; I dont know any comic which had such such an impact

Q: Have you been more inspired as an artist (or an arts enthusiast) by comic book artists or by fine artists (American and other)?
A: I got some inspiration for coloring from Franz Marc and the the Surrealists; and found it also most inspiring to see the original 'Demoiselles d'Avignon' (Picasso) at the MoMA, NYC

Q: Which art museum in the world would you most like to visit before you die?
A: The Solomon R: Guggenheim Museum in NYC - I have quite a talent to stand before its doors when out of opening hours or when it's under maintenance it appears.

Q: Which comic book or pop artist would you most like to meet before you die?
A: No preferences; if I meet one here or at vernissage it'll be fine for me, but I'm not "after" such a meeting
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MagicKittyOfFire Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Cool!
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Olivefire Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow thats EPIC!!! ;)
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super-illustrator0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
1. I generally don't follow the works of others.
2. ...first I'd have to do a bit of research on those 2 people.
3. Comic Book creators.
4. ...No opinion on museums.
5. ...No opinion on people. People are only as important as their accomplishments, so I worry about that instead.
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cherrynahme Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Wish I could go u,u
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:iconchildersart:
childersart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
AWESOMENESS!!!
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:icontomisastro:
Tomisastro Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
it's to far,,
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thestitchlover626 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i wanna go!
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:icondeadwood24:
deadwood24 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
am missing heavenhttp
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bryankam04 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
OO
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:icondeyma:
Deyma Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
amazing
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:iconpuddle-of-buttons:
puddle-of-buttons Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Sigh. Again I ask - why not Australia? We exist too
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videakias Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
the worst of all comics are marvel and dc comics,seriously why everyone likes that much those plotless series of some super cosplayers that save humanity from badass lunatics that think that rulling the world is something easy and possible?(the only vilain that actually can rule the world is ultron,since he is a machine)
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VermillionFenrir Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see someone who also like manga than DC comic like you XD
I understand that,and manga have more complex and variable plot than just a normal plot like DC comics :iconfoxxdplz:
But I respect anyone feeling here,both for manga fans or DC comic fans :)
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SallyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
nope!! you are an idiot
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videakias Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
here are the reasons that prove that comics suck and are much lesser than manga:
those comics are tottaly plotless,the only thing you see in those comics are those:either a new villain appears the hero(es) beats them or an old villain appears and the hero(es)beat them,the only difference is that the villain(s)are different in every story and they dont always have the same plan.
also why always the superheroes spend all their live to the battle against vilains(like justice league and teen titans)?don't they have any personal life?and their stories are competely unrealistic,the vilains say out of the blue their evil plans to the hero(es)regardless if they know that this is a lots of times the reason of the failure of their plans.speaking of unrealistick things do you really think that rulling the world is something simple?rulling the world means that you become a politician,if youi are neither immortal nor a machine which can coppy her program and beeing everywere at once it is technicly impossible to rule the world,because even if the citizens of the world don't manage kill you then what happens if you die naturally?whos going to rule the world and controling the lives of everyone?and only think that rulling one country is by itself difficult rulling just imagine how it is rulling a planet.
Also it is rare to see people that have change of hearts(it happens much more times in manga than comics).
I never understood why everyone that has superpowers there has to use them either for good or evil,if I had superpowers(if I had to choose I would choose to be a carbon alchemist)I would not use them at all,I have personal life and I don't want to change everything.inn manga we always see REAL plots,have you ever read the manga fullmetal alchemist,kuroshitsuji,bleach or naruto?only after you read them you will understand what a plot is.(warning,as about fullmetal alchemist there are 2 anime,fullmetal alchemist and fullmetal alchemist brotherhood,the first one sucks a lot and does not follows the manga plot,by the other hand fullmetaql alchemist brotherhood is awesome and follows mang)
I CHALLENGE YOU TO REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE
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SallyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I accept, i will reply to your book. I'm a fan of both manga and comics. Yes, some of the comics do follow the whole basic scheme you described but so do a lot of mangas. Seven times out of ten a manga starts out with a wimpy guy who either finds/gets powers or finds some super hot chick with big titties who has powers. I'm not saying every one of them is like that because it's not true. (I've read Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Psyren, After School Nightmare, Karen{aka Chibi Vampire}, 1/2 Prince, some of Fullmetal Alchemist, Bloody Monday, World Embryo, and many many more) Bleach is exactly what I described and I still love it.
If you have read any of the comics that you are "dissing" you would know that they do have back stories. My personal Favorites is Spider-Man but I also really like Batman, Superman, Thor, the X-men, and the Fantastic Four. They all have great back stories. Their Hero side is only one piece to the whole story. A lot of times the villains even interfere in the hero's personal life and create a whole different plot.
Now I don't know what comic book or show you've been watching where the villains will just blurt out their whole plan but to me it sounds like The Power Puff Girls. Are you talking about Mojo Jojo?? And the whole take over the world thing??? Stop Watching Pinky and the Brain. They aren't going to tell you what happens in a comic book.
So yes I have read pretty much all of the mangas you listed and yes they have good plots but not ALL mangas do. Comics are the same way. Not every manga is great and not every comic is great but they both have some really good ones!!
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daChaosKitty Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thirded.
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SallyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
XD
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SIL3NT-K Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
double that!!
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:iconsallylynn:
SallyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
XD
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:iconelcazadordeaventuras:
Well I think one of the most professional and talented comic book artists out there is Ariel Olivetti who, at the same time, represents my country Argentina. He is my inspiration and I would like to meet him someday :D
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Opal-Agito Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Where can I find yuumei's tips and tricks?
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SuperRodriguezInc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[](/b14)
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Rinnish Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*In addition to #2. I think that abstract expressionism has it's own place in modern American art, but pop art I think describes the varied ideas and thoughts of the public. Warhol's work shows the omnipresent status of Marilyn Monroe or Coca-Cola, Roy Lichenstein immortalized comic books, which at the time were throwaway forms of art. I think in doing that, it defines America's current (and former) social attitude. America's social attitudes have changed over the years but Warhol's Marilyn Diptych embodies the idea of consumerism in pop culture, which still affects us today.
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Rinnish Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there any one artist who best defines your particular country's art for the world?
-I feel like America's too varied for one definition of our art, but Roy Lichenstein's work might do that.
Do you feel that fine artists like Pollock and Warhol tell the story of America as well as what might be understood by reading comic books?
-Most definitely.
Have you been more inspired as an artist (or an arts enthusiast) by comic book artists or by fine artists (American and other)?
Yep. When I was little I used to get so annoyed that I couldn't draw lips and noses like Leonardo Da Vinci. As I got older I decided I wanted to be able to draw like comic book artists..and well..I'm still learning.
Which art museum in the world would you most like to visit before you die?
THE LOUVRE. *o* I want to just get lost in there, apparently it's so huge you have to run back and forth to be able to see the works, ie. Nike of Samothrace will be in one end of the palace, and Madonna of the Rocks will be someplace else.
Which comic book or pop artist would you most like to meet before you die?
...hm. Haven't decided yet.
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inkdweller Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Notice the position of the blue-shirt-guy's fingers in that last picture. Notice.

Why do I feel like the photographer did that intentionally. 8 /
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SallyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
HaHa that is so weird!!! thank for pointing that out LoL
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:iconsilvertonguedaggermw:
Eh... seems to paint comics as exclusively American. Bugs me a bit when it's an art form that has spread throughout the world and has roots in illustration and literature from many sources. Other than that, an interesting article.
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Miyuki404 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
sadly, I live far away from there ):
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CoOkIexDoUgH Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
oh yes ! comics are art ! it is the reason why I am still drawing ! And I would loooveee to meet Adam Hughes before I die !!!!! he is such an big inspiration ! awesome journal !
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rozastation Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
wow
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norizaShordy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome
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Angie010 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This awesome.
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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TheDrako187 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Wow :O
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dancerock16 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whooooooooo
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