Monday, December 29, 2008

Massive Black Concept Art book

Massive Black is releasing a 700-page concept art book to be published by Ballistic Publishing. There are various editions, so get yours now.

Monday, December 22, 2008

L. A. Banks Madame Isis Sword Contest

Damali Richard's Madame Isis Vampire-Killing Sword

You can own Damali Richard’s Madame Isis shero sword. The Devil’s Candy Store is holding an essay contest that will be judged by L. A. Banks. The winner will receive the Madame Isis sword created by Hollywood armourer, Tony Swatton (a $6,000 value).

Originally to be offered at auction, this gold-plated, gem-encrusted, one-of-a-kind vampire-killing sword will end up in the hands of the Vampire Huntress Legend most deserving fan. The winner will be presented with the Madame Isis sword on Saturday, February 14, 2009 during the Twelve Tribes Convergence Summit in Philadelphia, PA.

Here is the contest:
1. Write a one page essay that answers these questions:
a. Which major themes in the Vampire Huntress Legend series resonated with you?
b. Why will you make the best "Keeper of the Sword"?
2. The font size must be no smaller than 12 point.
3. No more than 600 words.
4. Any entry not meeting the criteria will be disqualified.
5. Entries must be by e-mailed to by midnight, January 31, 2009.

Contest Small Print (Please read):
- Applicants must be age 21 or over, as this sword can be considered a weapon.
- All essays will be passed on to L. A. Banks without names attached to allow the best essay to win on it’s own merits.
- Armourer Tony Swatton, The Devil's Candy Store, L.A. Banks are not responsible in any way for any injury sustained in the future by the sword.
- Armourer Tony Swatton, The Devil's Candy Store, L.A. Banks are not responsible for any future repairs of the Madame Isis Sword and/or its case.
- The deadline for receipt of your essay is midnight on January 31, 2009.
- This contest is sponsored by The Devil's Candy Store and in accordance with the wishes of author and creator L.A. Banks.
- Only one entry per person is accepted. - The winner need not be present.
- The prize is as stated and there will be no exchanges of prizes given.
- The Devil's Candy Store, L.A. Banks, and the L.A. Banks Street Team all have the right to post the winning entry and winner's image on any promotional materials, printed material, YouTube, and on all L.A. Banks and The Devil’s Candy Store related forums, blogs and online social networks.
- The winner must sign an image release permitting use of their image on any promotional materials to qualify for receipt of the Madame Isis sword.

Madame Isis Vampire-Killing Sword (detail)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bettie Page Is Gone At 85

Bettie Page held a special place in my life, as I am sure she did for most of my friends. She was beautiful, cool, a Muse that inspired, a Pin-Up Queen from an other-worldly place and time.

Detail from a multimedia Bettie Page piece for World Tattoo Gallery

The first piece of gallery art I ever sold was a Bettie Page piece. It was at Tony Fitzpatrick's World Tattoo Gallery on the southside of Chicago in 1993. The show was called "The B-Girl Show" and images of Bettie were everywhere. Mine was the first piece in the show to sell. I had priced it at $1,000.00, because I actually didn't want to sell it and in the days before digital cameras, I hadn't taken the time to document it. It is only a good memory now.

I remember being in Barcelona in 1990 and marveling at my good fortune in finding some photo collections of Bettie I hadn't found anywhere else. Collecting Bettie Page photos pre-internet was akin to hunting down rare overseas 45's of an obscure STIFF Records artist. A peek into another world that certainly wasn't outside my front door and a knowing look into a timeless era that you knew would be remembered forever. You just knew that if your drawings had that energy and verve that projected from Bettie's photos you were onto something.

We'll miss you, Bettie Page. Rest in peace.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Our Thoughts Go Out to Bettie Page

Bettie Page

Our thoughts go out to Bettie Page who suffered from a heart attack Tuesday. She is listed in critical condition in a coma.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dorman and Wald in Tura Satana Show

© 2008 Dave Dorman

This Thursday night, October 30th, the Tattoo Factory Gallery and Pabst Blue Ribbon present Tura! Tura! Tura! A group art show happening celebrating the stunning, sexy, kickasstastic Tura Satana! Superstar of Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

From 7-11PM at 4443 N. Broadway, Chicago.

The show features work from The Devil's Candy Store artists, Dave Dorman and Alex Wald.

Other artists include: Shag; Niagara; Glenn Barr; Molly Grabapple; Lisa Petrucci; Mark Atomos Pilon; Lou Brooks; Mitch O'Connell; and many more. Live performances by burlesque showstoppers "The Flaming Dames", with D.J. Joe Black's Midnight Spook Show. Fire breathers! Searchlights! Valet parking!!

A portion of the proceedings benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Apna Ghar Domestic Violence Shelter.

© 2008 Alex Wald

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Madame Isis and Baby Isis Update

Well, August has come and gone and we haven't held our Madame Isis auction yet, nor offered our Baby Isis Daggers for pre-order. We apologize for the delay. This is sometimes the fate of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. I just received an update from Tony Swatton on the current status of these pieces.

Tony tells me that he just got the Baby Isis dagger hilt back from the foundry last week. He has had that engraved to match the pommel on the large Madame Isis hero sword. Tony is cutting and mounting the stones to it and sending it out to get plated this week.

The end result will be an exquisite Damali Richards' sword that is jewel-encrusted and gold-plated. It will have a unique four blood gutter blade of stainless steel forged on an anvil and etched with inscriptions and symbols to meet the descriptions of L. A. Banks.

I will have detailed photos of the completed sword and it's case once it is shipped to Chicago from Los Angeles. Until then, we have video of Leslie Banks seeing the sword for the first time at the San Diego Comic-Con. The person she keeps referring to is Tony Swatton. After Leslie raves about the sword there are close-ups of it on the video.

Here are some shots of the sword being made:

Madame Isis hilt in wax before casting

Madame Isis hilt cast roughly in bronze

Madame Isis hilt cast in bronze engraved (before stones and gold-plating)

Madame Isis stainless steel blade being forged by Tony

The sword's introduction at the San Diego Comic-Con:

Leslie and Tony and Madame Isis before gold-plating and finishing

Tony discussing Madame Isis with John Howe, production designer for The Lord Of The Rings

Alex Wald at Diane Tanios Gallery

Alex just completed a group show at Chicago's Diane Tanios Gallery. The SUPERDOGunderdog show featured Tony Akins, Elisabeth Belliveau, Gene Ha, Alex Wald and Jeff Zwirek. Reuters talks about the show here.

Alex contributed this piece to the Exotic Contraband: L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Legend concept art book:

"Damali Richards"
© 2008 Alex Wald

Ray Frenden 8-Bit Art Revealed

Ray is now back from a very successful gallery opening in L.A. (lines around the block all night long.) He was part of the I AM 8-BIT show at the World of Wonder Gallery.

At last we can reveal his pieces for the show -

Both panels together

Left panel

Right panel

© 2008 Ray Frenden

Craig Elliott in Totoro Forest Project

Craig Elliott has a piece up for auction in the Totoro Forest Project. Tickets for the upcoming Totoro Forest Art Auction Benefit Event to be held at Pixar on September 6th are available online now.

© 2008 Craig Elliott

Craig contributed this piece to the Exotic Contraband: L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Legend concept art book:

"Damali Richards"
© 2008 Craig Elliott

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Stephan Martiniere Wins Hugo

Congratulations to Stephan Martiniere for his 2008 Hugo win Saturday night for Best Professional Artist.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ray Frenden at I AM 8-BIT

Ray Frenden is flying off to Los Angeles, the City of Dreams, this August where he has two canvases hanging in the I AM 8-BIT show.

I AM 8-Bit Opening Night Extravaganza
August 14, 2008
8 p.m. to Midnight

Performances by:
Computer Jay
DJ R-Rated

World of Wonder Storefront Gallery
6650 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Ray also has a piece of fine work in the "Exotic Contraband: L. A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Legend" concept art book. Here it is:

"Carlos Rivera and Damali Richards"
© 2008 Ray Frenden

Cyril Van Der Haegen in Spectrum 15

Cyril has a new piece featuring H. P. Lovecraft himself in a very clever painting called "The Birth of Cthulhu" that has been selected for inclusion in Spectrum 15. You can see it on Cyril's website under the Paintings section.

Cyril also produced a dynamic piece of artwork for the "Exotic Contraband: L. A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Legend" concept art book. Here it is:

"Damali Richards"
© 2008 Cyril Van Der Haegen

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ken Steacy and William Stout Draw Dragons

Ken Steacy will be joining William Stout at the Royal Alberta Museum on Sunday, August 10th to discuss "Painting Dragons in their Natural Habitat".

Ken was one of the artists featured in our limited edition concept art book, "Exotic Contraband: L. A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Legend". Here is his illustration from the book:

"Damali Richards"
© 2008 Ken Steacy

Welcome to The Devil's Candy Store!

Well, here we are. This blog will the place where we let you know what are artists are up to and what is new at The Devil's Candy Store.