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In the studio today
FRIDAY. JULY 31. 2:00 PM
MY WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
Not a lot of wiggle room one would think,
for my rendering. Actually it's part of my world, the stamp and cancel. I don't see them as intruders, rather as part of the artwork. In the 25 years of painting envelopes, I've never painted one which did not, or would not have the presence of a stamp and cancel. Okay, I admit, we have 2 stamps and cancels. So let's enjoy the challenge and have fun. I should complete the rendering this afternoon and
hope to post it maybe tomorrow. Just got word Bevil collector Frank Scalzi is attending Americover. Hope you'll be there.
WEDNESDAY. JULY 29. 1:30 PM
I've posted the Batman unpainteds, now available for collecting at $10 each, and can be collected individually. It's been a while since
I've posted my unpainteds. I'll see if I can reach back to the most recent issues and make their unpainted version available. Today I'm working on the Lincoln Funeral Train rendering.
THURSDAY. JULY 30. 11:15 AM
#1 BEVIL SPORTS ISSUE
Well, not technically. And not recorded
as such. The official #1 Bevil sporst issue
which kicked off the Bevil sports line is
the Reggie Jackson issue. Notice the low
issue size on this-40. These were
painted for Arnold Kominsky, and I'm
not sure when. Very early though. Before I launched the Bevil Sports Line.
This is one difficult cover to locate
on the aftermarket. Today I'm completing
the scanning of the Ron Aljoe Bevil sports
library and coming across covers I
haven't seen in years. These will soon
be posted for all to enjoy.
MONDAY. JULY 27. 4:45 PM
GOOD TO BE BACK!
This past week was the week of glitches, with computer, scanner and website troubles. Just as the first of July's packets were going out to subscribers, we had printing set-backs which slowed down newsletter production, and web connection issues. All cleared up now, as the last of the packets are leaving the studio.
I just glanced down seeing my last post was over a week ago. I have come to really enjoy posting my thoughts and activities to all of you more than I believed. And several of you will respond my emails, calls, and, I've missed that this past week. Plainly stated; I missed you guys. Remember the issue I was working on before I took on the Batman set? Yea, the Lincoln Funeral Train topical event issue. Before I pick that back up though, I'm updating the website, posting the Batman set. When that's complete, I'll be sending out offering cards and the Bevil E-card to collectors. When the online e-card page is updated, I provide the link here!
When was the last time I thanked you for collecting Bevil Cachets?
TUESDAY. JULY 28. 10 AM
FRESHLY PAINTED JULY ISSUES POSTED
These four covers are ready for collecting. Presently the Batman 4-cover set is a "closed set,"
meaning you can only collect them as a set. No sooner than a year from now, it will become an open set,
enabling collectors to collect any of the single covers. Today I'm building the Bevil E-card, which will be emailed today, as well as building and printing the paper version of the e-card, the Offering Card, and will be mailed tomorrow. Since I did not send out an offering card for June's Greetings From America issues,
I'll include those as well. Periodically I'll be producing an offering card displaying the most popular issues collected in the recent past. When you receive one, you'll understand its role.
I'll have to think of what to call it.
WEDNESDAY. JULY 15. 2:15 PM
ELVIS PRESLEY FIRST DAY OF ISSUE
Part of the Music Icon series, the USPS will release the new Elvis Presley stamp August 12, at Graceland. That's one day prior to Janice and arriving by car in Ohio for the Americover convention. Shawnna Pugh suggested Janice and I make a stop on the way and have our Elvis covers cancelled at the ceremony. While we're considering it, everything would have to work out, schedule wise. I might be producing some dcp varieites, as I saw the cancel today. My scanner is down, so I'm unable to display the last two Batman issues I'm working on. Looks like you'll be surprised.
TUESDAY. JULY 14. 11:00 AM
MODERN AGE BATMAN VARIETIES
The AFDCS variety is certainly different from the main lot, and on the left is a dark, gloomy color study, which I actually like, being more in line with the mood of the Dark Knight movie and comic series.
I'll be wrapping up the Golden Age issue today, and begin inking the Silver issue later this afternoon.
SUNDAY. JULY 12. 4:30 PM
THE RIES/GRAEBNER HOSPITALITY SUITE
Yesterday, I mistakingly stated this Batman cover will be available to collect in the Graebner hospitality suite. The Ries Chapter along with the Graebner Chapter will be hosting the suite, making it the Ries/Graebner hospitality suite. Now I have the privilege of creating a Ries one-of-a-kind.
I'll have to think about what Bevil issue to make it a variety of.
MONDAY. JULY 13. 5:00 PM
GOLDEN AGE BATMAN
I was aware this Batman early issue from a Detectives Comic cover would have a simpler feel than the issue I just painted. I wanted to add some shadows, side lighting, the things I do to dress up a scene, but I resisted, realizing this is how it was originally produced. I did though, antique it up a little, aging the edges and giving the cover and overall golden tone. I'm tempted to add some small stains.
THURSDAY. JULY 9. 11:15 AM
THE FIRST OF FOUR!
This is the Batman stamp representing the Modern Age, which I should complete painting tomorrow,
after which I will begin painting the Golden Age Batman issue, illustrated below. My intent for the set is to capture the progression in illustration style indicative of each age. That will be the glue which holds this set together. When I say hold together, I'm referring to holding your interest. I see a cover like a short statement. You're not going to walk or begin to daydream as I make a short statement. A set though, you commit to, end up with several covers of the same topic. Like a longer conversation on the same topic, one can begin to drift and become disinterested. You'll receive four batman issues. Four covers of the same topic. The entertainment factor of these four, my intent, will be the different styles set before you. I envision you holding these four covers in your hand in a few weeks. You gaze upon the first one. Then the second, the third. By the time you view the fourth cover, I want you to be as captivated with he fourth as you were with the first. If you are, the set held together.
By the way, this is a blast to paint. I hope it's a blast to collect.
SATURDAY. JULY 11. 7:00 PM
MODERN AGE BATMAN DCP VARIETY
I'm painting 35 digital color pictorial varieties for each of the four Batman issues. Interestingly, there is a unique round Batman logo stamp for each era, making a total of 8 stamps. 8 issues of Batman would just be too much of a good thing. When I paint the Golden Age Batman issue, the dcp will have a round stamp with the original Batman logo, different from this one. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.
Have you spotted Catwoman?
Let's talk Monday.
SATURDAY. JULY 11. 10:30 PM
HOLY HOSPITALITY SUITE, BATMAN!
You're gazing upon the first Graebner Chapter Bevil variety! If you want to add this one-of-a-kind
to your Bevil collection, you'll have to visit the Graebner hospitality get-together at Americover 2015 this August in Columbus, Ohio. Spot Robin?
THURSDAY. JULY 2. 9:45 AM
AMERICAN PHAROAH TYPO?
Maybe you've noted my mispelling of "Pharoah" on the cinderella illustrated below.
Do a little research and let's see what some of you come up with.
Should I reprint the stamps? I have time. Let me know your opinion.
MONDAY. JULY 6. 11:45 AM
THE PASSING OF MY FRIEND AND FDC MENTOR, JULIAN PUGH
July 3, a greatly loved giant in our hobby, Julian Pugh, passed away. Julian was, most simply defined,
a great assett. Not in the "profitable sense", rather he was valuable. Valuable to the company he was employed with in his earlier days, valuable to his wife, children and grandchildren, and as we can testify, valuable to the FDC hobby. Julian was well gifted- big brained, soft hearted, and thick skinned.
He was loud, yet toned with kindness. He was very generous, willing, and knowing he would pay a price personally in bettering others. He has been missed for some time. Now it is final.
This is the email I received from Foster Miller, originally sent by the family.
The link at the end will be good for you to read.
To all of our closest Friends & Family,
It is with deep sadness that we regret to inform all of you that my father, Julian Franklin Pugh (aka: “Pop”) passed away this morning @ 7:30AM. As we continue to work out a few details, we are passing along to you what has been confirmed at this time. Below are the times and dates that we will honor him in remembrance and take time to celebrate his life. We encourage you to join us at some or all of the events. We ask that instead of sending flowers, please feel free to make donations to help end Alzheimer’s Disease. Please click the link below for more information on how to do so. Thank you so much!
MONDAY. JULY 6. 3:45 PM
HOLY SMOKE BATMAN!
I've temporarily set aside the Lincoln Train topical event issue, focusing fully on the Batman eight- stamp set. On the stamp sheet, there are four vertical stamp designs, each representing an era in comic book history- golden, silver, bronze, and modern. In addition, there are four round stamps depicting four versions of the bat emblem which were shown in the skies over Gotham City. Here's how I will utilize these stamps; I will produce four issues, one for each of the four vertical stamps. For each of these issues I will paint 35 DCP varieties, utilizing the four round stamps. This will make sense as we go along.
Again, this will be a four-cover set, with DCP varieties utilizing the bat emblem round stamps.
MONDAY. JULY 6. 3:45 PM
"HOLY BACKFIRE BATMAN!"
You're probably thinking, "Did Robin really say, "Holy backfire"? Yes he did, and I've many more to use, because Robin is on record having uttered over 300 "holy" exclamations.
I've been dividing my time between inking these two Batman issues. There will be four issues in all,
with DCP varietites for all four issues. This is the Golden Age issue, marking the beginning of the Batman comic book era. The first Batman issue was published as part of the Detective Comic Book series in 1939.
Take note of the added "Protector of Gotham City" near the skyline. I'm beginning to paint these today.
Each DCP variety will carry the appropriate round stamp, with each issue's DCP variety having a unique round stamp. When I'm pleased with a color version for the Modern Age issue, I'll post it, later today.
TUESDAY. JUNE 30. 4:15 PM
AMERICAN PHAROAH CINDERELLAS
I chose a long horizontal formal for the American Pharoah Triple Crown stamps, the same format
utilized with the Leonard Nimoy Enterprise stamps. There's some great topical event issues sitting on the shelf here in the Bevil Studio which are poised to be painted. Suddenly, three good issues have amassed: the passing of Spock, American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown at Belmont, along with the Lincoln Train issue. And The Masters tournament, that's right.
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