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It's a "Mini Spotlight" on another comics creator today!

That's because Tina and I met him at last weekend's Long Beach Comic Con Expo in Artists Alley!

That comics creator would be Bernie 'Berni' Wrightson as pictured below!

What was neat about the LBCC Expo was that it was large enough to have comics creators there of Bernie's caliber, yet small enough that Tina and I could talk for a while with each creator!

When Tina was ready to take a couple of photos for our Blog, I asked Bernie if he would pick up something on his table that he would like to pose with. He had all kinds of original artwork that he brought to sell at the convention 

Imagine my surprise when he picked up the flyer I had given him to re-introduce myself and now Tina to him!

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My thanks to Bernie for the time he spent with us and for posing for the photos!

For those of you that don't know of Bernie's early history in comics, the following is excerpted from the Wikipedia entry on Bernie:

"In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name "Berni" in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name.

His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. In 1971 he also published BadTime Stories, a horror/sci-fi comics anthology featuring his own scripts and artwork, each story being drawn in a different medium (ink wash, tonal pencil drawings, duoshade paper, screen tones, e.g., along with traditional pen-and-ink and brushwork).

Tina and I can't keep Bernie's early work in stock at our own online store.  It was really neat to see the original artwork that he brought for sale to the Expo.

You can see Bernie's work for sale at his own web site at:


Because of great one-on-ones visits with comics greats like Bernie, Tina and I are looking forward to the upcoming 2nd Annual Long Beach Comic Con.  That's the 3 day event at the end of October 2010.

Here's a link to the Con's Facebook Fan Page, so you can be interactive with them between now and October:

There you can also find out who's going to be there as guests, and links to where YOU can purchase advance tickets!

Tina and I are definitely booking October 29th thru the 31st!  I suggest that if YOU are in SoCal area during that time, that You should drop in at Least ONE of those Days!


Talking about comics and comic cons: if YOU are a comics creator, (writer, penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, etc.), OR even a Comics / Magazine Publisher, feel free to contact me regarding YOUR works for a possible mention / review!

I've made a special blog post about: "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!" for those creators / publishers that would like to possibly have their publications mentioned or reviewed, which could either be published in the 'Main Feature' or 'Featurette' sections.

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