Camilla’s artwork Superficial Substances is now available as an 11x14” Mini Print! Created for Calgary Entertainment Expo’s convention collectible book, which she’s been contributing to for the past 4 years. Camilla will be at Calgary Expo April 26-28 at tables 15-16. Original illustration by Camilla, and digitally colored by Simon Bork.
Every year Ms. Molly McIsaac organizes a live art show at Emerald City Comic Con. It’s the highlight party of the weekend and this year we have a video to remember it … which is good because I missed it! Boo :(
If anyone can spot Camilla, tell me! I didn’t but of course, can spot her art 100 miles away!
2013 ECCC Live Art Show #ECCCLIVEART (by epiem)
Camilla’s newest art book is available! It’s the second art book from Dark Horse. And it’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to get my copy. Click the link to see photos of the book and get your copy Helmetgirls Artbook - Bound.
EP Daily clip showing web comics, sketches, game footage and animated trailer for Sky Pirates of Neo Terra.
I’m so proud of my sister, Camilla and the team at Fathom Interactive, for the work they’ve done on this IP, and happy to have been a part of it along the way!
PS I’ve tried to start the clip at the correct segment but if it starts at the beginning, go to 9:30 and start there.
At San Diego Comic Con, I moderated a fantastically attended, and highly discussed panel, “Censorship and the Female Artist”, organized by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Below is the recap of the panel, which was also published to the CBLDF blog. Thank you Scott Sanders for his input and help with the recap. I’ll be doing this again in September at Comikaze convention in LA (date and time to be announced). I’m also looking to expand the topics, since the conversation during the panel opened up many interesting topics related to censorship, the biggest of which being cultural. I truly look forward to exploring this topic more in depth and bringing some clarity, understanding and acceptance to the role of women in art, as artists, and as storytellers because their viewpoint is fundamental to the arts - every aspect of it.
——- Recap published August 3rd by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund ——-
San Diego hosts the infamous Comic-Con International every year in July, and from its modest roots as a gathering for comic book enthusiasts, Comic-Con has grown into an entertainment and pop culture behemoth. Featuring not only vendors and artists showcasing and selling their wares, star-studded screenings and panels, SDCC presents four days of workshops and panels on a myriad of topics that spur serious discussion and open dialogue. One such panel, organized by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, was “Censorship and the Female Artist.”
The program guide described the panel: “Attacks on women’s speech are on the rise in the current cultural climate in realms including politics and pop culture. This panel examines how censorship affects women artists, in realms including library challenges, community dialogue, and the larger cultural conversation.”
This open and frank discussion, moderated by Artist Manager AdaPia d’Errico, featured author Anina Bennett, pop surrealism and manga artist Camilla d’Errico, and legendary pinup artist Olivia de Berardinis as they discussed their various experiences portraying the female body in visual arts and the comic book industry.
The discussion took on an interesting life, veering away from censorship and focusing more on the unique hardships each woman had faced in their varied experiences. Anina Bennett discussed at length the “bad girl” phase in comics and how she and her husband fought to separate themselves from it by employing a form of “self censorship,” for example by changing one of their character’s appearance to better represent a strong female. Bennett then went on to discuss mainstream comics and the over sexualization of female superheroes, pointing out that while some strides have been made, the journey to equal representation of the sexes in comics is far from over.
Camilla d’Errico brought her own journey into focus, noting that during her entry into the comics world a decade ago, there were not many women artists or creators actually contributing to the representation of women in the comic book field. She astutely discussed that while there are many talented male artists in the field, they may not bring the emotional depth to the female subject that an actual woman could. Camilla then discussed the differences in American culture — and its fear of sexuality — in comparison to other more accepting cultures of the world such as Japan and France, pointing out the shocking trend for Americans to embrace violence, but shirk nudity.
Olivia de Berardinis, an inspiration and legend in her field, discussed her continual disappointment over her art being labeled pornography. She bravely admitted her enjoyment of pornography but was quick to point out the distinction between that field and her own. She stated that the sexualization of the female body had led her work to be placed in the back rooms and hidden areas of bookstores, much to her confusion. As the discussion continued, she echoed some of d’Errico’s thoughts about male artists portraying the female form by stating, “I own the subject matter; [men] rent it”.
The three women concluded their conversation with questions from an interested and passionate audience. The panel was cited in a NY Times article about the gravitas within Comic-Con International. The size of the gathering and the intelligence shown by the audience members would not have been possible even ten years ago, showing that strides in the equal representation of women have been made, and more are coming every day. The depth and variety of topics discussed, related to not only censorship, but included the representation of the female form and cultural differences and current retail and media trends with regards to women, art and content. The event is a strong indicator that this may well be the first of many more discussions.
It’s been a long time in planning and I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s Tanpopo Show at Munky King Gallery. The show opens at 7:00 pm and goes till 10:00, then we’ll head out somewhere for an after party! Address is: 7308 Melrose Ave.
There are over 30 fan art entries and Camilla has painted a new original called Dandelion Crown. We made 25 fine art, limited edition prints of the painting just for the show, for tonight. We are bringing another 25 to Comic Con in San Diego as an exclusive. Here’s some info and some eye candy:
“The Dandelion Crown”, oils on wood, 16x20, framed
Sneak Peek Fan Art Submissions:
by Joanna Margarita
by AP Saseung
Signing the limited edition My Little Moonberry prints for the Toy Art Gallery - My Little Pony show.
Edition of 100 on 300 GSM archival cotton rag.
Landed in LA, hit Static Medium where the My Little Moonberry Painting was scanned and printed for the TAG/Hasbro show. Camilla is signing 100. Next stop, hotel and LA Convention Center for set up. Yeah, we hit the ground running …
Camilla has painted, for the first time, her character Tanpopo. This is the main piece in a fan art show taking place at Munky King Gallery in LA on July 7th, where fans have been submitting paintings, sculpts and custom toys themed around Tanpopo. It’s been hugely rewarding seeing her fans participate so eagerly. The party that night will be a blast!
The Tanpopo painting for the upcoming July 7th Fan Art Show is almost done! This is the first time EVER that we see Tanpopo in “color”. Now we know what color her eyes and hair are!
MUNKY KING & CAMILLA D’ERRICO PRESENTS: TANPOPO DESIGN CONTEST
5.8.12 – 7.1.12
Munky King Melrose
Tanpopo is the beloved character and literary work from artist Camilla d’Errico, a story about Tanpopo’s journey to experience emotion led by the devil Kuro. Now, you can create your own journey. Munky King and artist Camilla d’Errico are proud to announce the first Tanpopo Fan Art Contest! Submit your most inspired “Tanpopo” artwork to Munky King gallery in Los Angeles, CA, then there’s a rating period between June 7-July 7th. Winners will be announced by Camilla d’Errico at the Tanpopo Fan Art Show closing party on July 7th, 7pm-10pm. Enter to win amazing prizes including the chance to have your design on official Tanpopo merchandise!
Camilla d’Errico & Special Guests
• Design a poster of Tanpopo and Kuro using your favorite piece of literature, example: Romeo and Juliet.
• Draw Tanpopo in your favorite emotion, example: Tanpopo “happy”, “mad”, etc.
• Draw Kuro in a new form.