Official Press Release
Joe Kubert; legendary Hawkman, Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Batman, Sgt Rock artist and critically acclaimed graphic novelist of Tor, Abraham Stone, Fax From Sarajevo, Sgt Rock, and Yossel, has signed a publishing agreement with Vanguard Productions (R). Vanguard(R) publisher J. David Spurlock said, “Since teaching at his school many years ago, to our Jesse James graphic novel, to convention appearances and now, Vanguard’s new KUBERT How To Draw book, it is always an honor to work with such an artistic giant.”
Active since October 1990, Vanguard is a noted publisher of pop culture books, graphic novels, mystery, science fiction, comic books, and more. Vanguard is best known as the world’s leading producer of authorized art book biographies on illustrators and cartoonists and has garnered acclaim from The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The IPPY Awards, Starlog, National Public Radio, Video Watchdog, The Eisner Awards, Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, Publishers Weekly, The Society of Illustrators, Rue Morgue Best of the Year, Variety, science fiction’s Hugo Awards, Amazon.com, Library Journal, The Rondo Awards, Locus Best Science Fiction Reading, and more. Having served most of his life as an advocate for artists rights, founding various scholarships, and authoring many books, Vanguard publisher, J. David Spurlock has worked with many (and represented some) of the greatest names in the history of comics. Vanguard’s biography on Hal Foster inspired the Society of Illustrators to induct the Prince Valiant creator into their Hall of Fame, and inspired Foster’s hometown to erect a life-size bronze statue.
Kubert, who founded The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. in Dover, New Jersey–the first and only accredited school devoted solely to the art of cartoon graphics–has taught many of today’s leading cartoonists including Kubert sons Adam and Andy Kubert. In 1998 Kubert expanded his career as an art instructor with a series of correspondence courses. Kubert’s first instructional book for major bookstore release, Superheroes (1999) was aimed at a young audience interested in cartooning. His new book in the works with Vanguard (R), JOE KUBERT: How to Draw from Life, is designed for more mature art students, professionals and enthusiasts. Kubert presents a wealth of his own drawings from nude models spanning his years as an artist and art instructor. This book is accompanied by Kubert’s commentary on drawing from life. Subjects include gesture drawing, contour drawing, the figure in motion, short studies, long studies, drawing women, the figure in perspective, form and structure, anatomy, and lighting. This is surely the most significant How-To book from a major comics creator this year. The book, scheduled for October, 2008 relese, will also be available in a Deluxe, Limited Edition, Leatherette Slipcased edition with 16-page bonus folio SIGNED by JOE KUBERT!
128 big 8.5 x 11 pages on premium stock
Color & Black & White illustrations
HC ISBN-13: 978-1-934331-15-6 retail $34.95
DLX Slipcased HC with 16-pg bonus folio SIGNED