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.
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
- Is there any one artist who best defines your particular country's art for the world?
- 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?
- Have you been more inspired as an artist (or an arts enthusiast) by comic book artists or by fine artists (American and other)?
- Which art museum in the world would you most like to visit before you die?
- Which comic book or pop artist would you most like to meet before you die?