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Artist Valley at Denver Comic-Con!

Sure you can read the comic books, graphic novels and other work of our favorite artists, but how often do you get to meet ’em in person and watch them create some of their amazing works? Fortunately there are ‘Cons and this weekend is Denver Comic-Con in the Mile High City. Are they all famous with massive followings and dozens of comics here in the TFAW catalog? Not all of them. Not yet. But they’re all remarkably talented and it’s a treat to see ’em at work.

Here are just some of the artists I bumped into, hard at work on their next masterpieces.

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Javier Avila, hard at work on one of his pieces. We’ll forgive him being a Chelsea fan!

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Steve Oatney doing one of his many quick pencil sketches.

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The talented DIHA working on one of her many portraiture sketches. And +1 for hair color too!

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Gabriel Hernandez. Note the beautiful set of pens on his right and the
reference art on his iPad in the foreground.

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The talented Matt Haley, who we’ve interviewed for TFAW!
[read our interview with Matt Haley and a link to Matt Haley’s works for sale at TFAW]

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Old school comic book art and an astonishing portfolio from legend Jose Delbo.
[Jose Delbo’s works for sale at TFAW]

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Brett Morgan working on a piece. Note his iPhone showing reference art for the picture.

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Another legend of the comic book world, Alex Saviuk, who makes it all look oh, so easy…
[Alex Saviuk’s works for sale at TFAW]

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Really liked the pieces from Brett Nienburg, including this very complex sketch he was finishing up.

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Julia Reck finishing up one of her sketches. Note the cheery tablecloth too!

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Kevin Taylor, who not only was finishing up a great sketch, but was enjoying the process too!

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Javier Cruz Winnik proudly shows his latest graphic novel to a young “V”
and his traveling companion/bodyguard.

One thing that also struck me as I explore the over 300 artists exhibiting in Artist Valley at Denver Comic-Con 2016 was the impressive diversity of the artists in race, gender, age and just about any other dimension you’d care to measure. It’s been a long journey to get here, but it’s wonderful to see such a diverse set of artists sharing their works great and up-and-coming!

Congrats to Denver Comic-Con for a great regional event and for bringing so darn many talented artists together in the same space. You could learn quite a bit just by walking around and talking to ’em, let alone watching them draw…

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