Mark Wheatley Original Art Show at Windy City
Originals for New Edgar Rice Burroughs Book on Display
March 26, 2019
For Immediate Release
Baltimore, Maryland – Acclaimed artist and pulp enthusiast Mark Wheatley’s work will be the subject of an extensive gallery show at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention, Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, 2019 at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center Lombard, Illinois 60148.
In the spotlight will be his illustrations for Swords Against the Moon Men, part of the new “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs” series published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Conceived as a continuation of Burroughs’ Moon novels, novelist Christopher Paul Carey expands on the original series while remaining solidly true to the established lore not only of the Moon series, but several other of Burroughs’ series as well. Carey, newly appointed as ERB, Inc.’s Director of Publishing, will join Wheatley at the show.
Wheatley drew and painted the illustrations for the book using a combination of traditional and digital media, “I’ve been painting in Photoshop for over a decade, but I still prefer to draw in ink. So I rough out my composition in Photoshop, print that and ink over it, scan that back into the computer and paint!” he said.
The inked originals will be framed and presented along with high quality, full size Giclée prints of the digital paintings, offering a unique chance to see the entire set of illustrations for the book in one place. This is made possible because a single collector purchased all the art for the book and is allowing it to be displayed for the public.
“I have never been able to attend before, but I’ve heard so many good things about the Windy City show. Certainly, so many of my friends will be attending. Not only will I have a good opportunity to introduce the public to some of the plans I have in store for the publishing program at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. I’ll also get to check out Mark Wheatley’s amazing art show for my novel Swords Against the Moon Men. I can’t wait!” Carey said.
Wheatley, the acclaimed writer-illustrator of the DC/Vertigo graphic novel Breathtaker, the cutting edge First Comics series Mars, pioneering WaRP Graphics mini-series Blood of the Innocent, and ComicMix/IDW Publishing graphic novel series Lone Justice, among other projects, is also an experienced pulp collector himself. Active with The Burroughs Bibliophiles, he has illustrated or painted covers for The Burroughs Bulletin, The National Capital Panthans Journal and Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Second Century. With frequent collaborator Marc Hempel, he also created Tarzan the Warrior and produced many Tarzan comic book series for Semic International, published by Malibu in the US. 2018 saw the release of two new Wheatley illustrated Philip José Farmer books from Meteor House, Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time and The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection.
Wheatley’s also painted covers for The Spider: Satan’s Murder Machines by Norvell W. Page, Amazon Nights by Arthur O. Friel, and adapted The Spider into a graphic novel and followed that up with his own pulp-inspired Frankenstein Mobster. He has illustrated new pulp fiction for Airship 27’s award winning Rick Ruby series. His most recent pulp-infused project is his own creation, in collaboration with G. D. Falksen; Doctor Cthulittle. Copies of the signed, limited edition of Doctor Cthulittle will be available at Windy City. Additionally, art from Doctor Cthulittle and several of his other pulp projects will be on view at the show.
“I’ve been honored to have shows at the Library of Congress and many other prestigious venues across the country, but sharing my art with pulp fans is very much about connecting with my own clan. It’s an awesome experiance!” Wheatley said.
“Swords Against the Moon Men was a great project to be a part of, and I can’t wait for everyone to see these pieces in person. Likewise, it will be wonderful to see fans get a chance to meet Christopher, whose work could easily have inspired three or four times the number of illustrations needed for the book,” he said.
ABOUT MARK WHEATLEY
Inducted in July 2017 into The Overstreet Hall of Fame, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular Doctor Who covers for Titan, completed a set of Stargate Atlantis covers for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel Man of War by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House, continuing the Two Hawks series from Philip Jose Farmer. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers, 2 Broke Girls, and Super Clyde, and the Square Roots pilot for ABC. In print he was featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well received art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein Mobster, Radical Dreamer, Return of the Human, Hammer of the Gods, EZ Street, Skultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast.