December 21, 2015
During this time of the year, I like to pause for a moment and express my gratitude to all those who have supported me through the years in my efforts to publish books that you’ll enjoy. To them, I say thank you, To those who have written kind words about my books, I say thank you. And to those who have contributed and helped in some small way or in a big way, I say thank you. For it is well known no publisher is an island.
I would like to extend to one and all my best wishes for Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring everlasting joy.
November 3, 2015
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March 20, 2015
The Sun rose with a heavy heart today and her beams were not as bright for Walt Reed has passed away. There’ll be one less bright star in the Galaxy tonight and we shall all be a little poorer for it.
The road at the top of the rise
Seems to come to an end
And take off into the skies.
April 11, 2014
For those who missed purchasing a copy of “The Way of the Cross” by Frank Brangwyn last Easter, this is a chance to purchase the limited numbered portfolio from the few copies I still have at a huge savings. From the previous price of $65.00 you can now purchase it for only $35.00 plus $$7.00 S & H. I still have a few left so you might want to get them now while they’re still available. “The Way of the Cross” makes a wonderful gift for Easter and will surely become a collector’s item.
The portfolio is shipped in a padded foam poach and inside a hard cardboard box for extra protection.
The plates measure 11 X 14”and printed in letterpress on Teton 80 lb. stock. There are 14 plates altogether.
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February 12, 2014
Bill Utterback (1931-2010) was an American illustrator most widely known for his contributions to Playboy and The Second City‘s theatre in Chicago.
Utterback was born on January 5, 1931 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Utterback attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in the 1940s, and then The Art Center in Pasadena where he was influenced by teacher Joseph Henninger.
At the invitation of a friend, Utterback joined the design department of Playboy in the mid-sixties. Utterback was asked to illustrate some caricatures for publication after an art director saw a birthday card Utterback had created for a fellow employee. This led to Bill’s regular feature in “That Was the Year That Was”  each April issue. After leaving Playboy, Utterback worked as a freelance illustrator from his home studio in Lisle, Illinois, servicing clients including The Second City until his death in 2010, and painted official portraits of Illinois Senator Pate Phillips which hung in the Illinois State Capitol building.
In later life, Utterback taught workshops at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton, Illinois, and sculpted a portrait likeness of Pate Phillips which was cast in bronze and unveiled in the DuPage County. Utterback died on February 8, 210 , at 79 years of age.
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January 29, 2014
Duane Bryers was born in 1911 in the upper peninsula of Michigan
A farm boy, who at times worked in a sawmill and dug ditches, swung from a trapeze in the circus, painted murals, drew comic strips and sculpted historical figures in ice, found success as a commercial artist and well-known painter of Americana.
He began producing his Hilda collection in the mid-1950s.”I got the idea for a plumpy gal pinup and thought I’d like to make it into a calendar series,” Bryers said. “But how was I going to sell a plump girl?”He took his series to Brown & Bigelow, then the country’s top calendar maker, and “they reluctantly put it in the line and figured it would last a short time,” he said. “It went on for 36 years.”
Duane Bryers died in 2013 just a month shy of his 101 st birthday.
December 2, 2013
Jack Welch was born in 1905. He was described as a tall Texan from Cleburn. He attended public school in Temple, Texas and started taking drawing lessons from the W. M. Evans Correspondence Course in Cartooning. For a short while he illustrated yearbooks for the Southern Methodist University. And from there he went on to work as a newspaper artist in New York, California, Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Later on he moved on to working for an advertising agency as a sketch man doing sketches. He spent several years doing sketches and comprehensive drawings for advertising layouts. He was a natural in drawing children and thus was asked to design ads for Jell-o, Keds, Pullman and Traveler’s Insurance.
The Saturday Evening Post magazine (one of the largest in circulation in the country at that time) took notice of Jack Welch’s style and talent. He was commissioned to do a few covers (see two below).
Saturday Evening Post © Curtis Publishing.
Saturday Evening Post © Curtis Publishing.
It’s a shame not much has been written about Jack Welch since he was such a great artist. My good friend and artist, the late Alex Toth, used to say how much he admired Jack’s drawings. For a short time he was corresponding with one of Jack’s daughters.
Looking at Jack Welch’s drawings, you always got the feeling he was enjoying himself while doing it.
Jack Welch passed away in 1985