Tuesday, July 20, 2010
All work and no play makes Jason a dull boy... Perhaps not, but it does mean I have very little time for the updating my blog and partaking of pleasures I so enjoy; such as painting.
Putting my lament aside- I'd like to talk about the new Amazing Figure Modeler magazine issue 47: " American GK Classics; Part One: The Resin Years" . This new AFM issue is a landmark in several different ways: it features a nearly full color layout and a new spine format which makes it easy to identify the volume and issue number when tucked away on the shelf for easy reference. It's also a landmark issue for me personally, because it's my first article for this great magazine.
I've been devotedly reading the magazine since I found out about it in 1997, so to now be contributing to it is quite exciting and rewarding; especially so when considering the congregation of inspiring artists involved with each issue.
Being that I'm an enthusiast of original designs and strange creatures I was a bit apprehensive about what I might be asked to feature in my very first article; there really are not too many early American GK's that really get my blood pumping, but when publisher Terry Webb called me and said, " Hey, Jas- so uh...whaddya think about doing an article on Dan Platt's 'Jersey Devil' from Barker Brothers?", any and all reservations utterly dissolved away... I've always been fond of that piece and I also have a familiarity with Jersey Devil lore from childhood reading, so it was a no brainer- I said, " Hell yeah!"
When I took a trip to the Louisville, KY. Wonderfest convention in mid May to see the culmination of the new issue, I was ecstatic to see my spread. I was also pleased to see one of my favorite monsters, Pumpkinhead, on the cover; fantastically rendered by artist Jason Walker.
I'd also like to thank Mike Falcigno, Terry Webb and David Fisher. These are three awesome and talented Fellas with a fiery passion for monsters. I'm truly appreciative for these guys providing me with such a unique opportunity. So without further stall, I'll leave you with a teaser shot of my buildup of this fantastic piece of American Garage Kit history. And have a look around at the Amazing Figure Modeler magazine website.