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Jack Katz: On Creativity, Synchronicity, Fear, and Romantic Beauty and Human Tragedy

By Seth Singleton

Discovery is an original experience.

I first experienced Jack Katz through his art.

I saw a drawing that was hanging in the restroom at Sam’s Log Cabin in Albany, Ca.

My wife and I had stopped in for breakfast. After we ordered our meal I used the restroom and saw the drawing of a mythic figure on the wall.

The title The First Kingdom was written at the top. He stood holding a longsword in his right hand, long hair trailing behind him to the cape billowing to his knees. The name Tundran was written at his feet.

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At the bottom was the inscription “To the Log Cabin, the best place to eat in California. All the best, Jack Katz.”

When we finished our meals I used the restroom again and took a photo of the drawing.

Back at our table, I asked one of the servers named Eric how the restaurant came by the drawing.

Eric told me Jack lived nearby and came in for breakfast. I gave him my card and asked him to let Jack know that I was interested in a conversation.

Eric later emailed me with the contact information for Jack and his associate Brian Miller. We arranged the date for breakfast and sat down in the back of the Log Cabin for a conversation about Creativity, Synchronicity, Fear, and Romantic Beauty and Human Tragedy.

Jack’s Biography – Excerpted from Jack’s website

Jack has dedicated his whole life to drawing and writing.  All part of a mission to get his thoughts out to the universe. His work spans numerous waves of comic book development. His paintings are rooted in the early years of 20th century American illustration and art and reach down into the present,

His most enduring accomplishment is the production of the 24-issue graphic novel known as The First Kingdom. Many have said it was the very first independently published graphic novel. It was re-issued in a four-volume set in the spring of 2005.

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Today Jack teaches anatomy for figurative art students and continues to work on his comic book projects. He is currently creating a number of publications and videos that present his distinctive ideas of teaching figure drawing.

Anatomy by Jack Katz, Vol. 1 is the first volume of sketches. It is a collection drawn from the decades and illustrated for the advanced figurative art student. It presents the many ways that the dynamic human form can be expressed.

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A Story from Mike Grell about Green Arrow, The Longbow Hunters, and Frank Miller

By Seth Singleton

Meeting Mike Grell

I met Mike Grell at the Santa Rosa ToyCon in September.
It was an unplanned trip and an unexpected meeting. When I turned a corner and saw him drawing an original Warlord commission I was starstruck.
But the moment I stopped at his table to introduce myself Mike greeted me with a smile and a handshake. He’s known for reimagining The Green Arrow’s origin in a profound and humble series called The Longbow Hunters.

I first discovered him through a comic series called Shaman’s Tears.

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A hearty handshake from Comics Legend Mike Grell

The impact of his work can be seen in the storylines for Green Arrow that followed Mike’s miniseries. The most recent incarnation is in the CW television show The Arrow, which its creators have said many times is grounded in the foundation of Mr. Grell’s seminal masterpiece.

Knowing all of this, I was stunned when he told me to ask him anything.
What followed is a story about Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters and Frank Miller that I will never forget.

 

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