Best memories of my dad

Wonder Woman 25My fondest memories with my dad are of our bi-weekly trips to the comic book store in the late ’80s through the ’90s. Early in my childhood I would read Dad’s old DC and Marvel comics over and over, but I loved using my allowance to purchase comics of my own. My love of comic books initially inspired me to draw, later paint, enroll in art school and study abroad, and eventually become an art teacher. Thanks, Dad!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads who deserve to celebrate!

Goodbye to one of the greats

“How I Draw the Flash”, by Carmine Infantino, 1963.

It’s no secret that I’m a comic book fan and that comics turned me onto art and lead to my career as an artist and art educator. Yesterday comic book fans lost one of the great creators who left a lasting legacy with his work during the Golden and Silver Age of comics. A touching farewell was written by his former colleague and popular comic book creator in his own right, Paul Kupperberg.

“Call me … Carmine!”

Hey kids, comics!

One way my parents got me interested in reading was by buying me comic books. Comic books quickly inspired me to draw, leading to a developing interest in art, to become a professional artist, and later on, a teacher. I learned a lot through comic books: history, geography, fair play, equal rights, classical mythology, even foreign languages. Popular publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, publish terrific books directed to young children and I urge educators and parents alike to check them out.