Where else besides The Legendary Art Show could you find Sean Chen, Keith Williams, Scott Hanna, Chris Batista, Khoi Pham, and dozens of other artists under one roof for a one-day original art event? Sponsored by the Art and Fashion Institute (Scott Hanna & Pamela Ptak) and organized by the people who brought you the Suffolk Comic Art Expo, the all-new show by Legendary Illustrations was a 7-hour art enthusiast’s dream come true!
Held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma, NY from 10am to 5pm on August 28, fans had the opportunity to meet comic book art legends and rising stars, while collecting original art along the way whether it was a published page or a sketch commission done on the spot! Plus, Early Birds were able to enter at 9am to take advantage of the extra hour and get portfolio reviews done by the pros.
Some of the other artists tabling at the show included Chris Ivy & Jeff Brennan (above), Alex Rivera, Tony Kordos, Stef Wilson, Henry Martinez, Michael Gerlich, Ian Miller, Sean Carlson, Enrique Lopez, and Brendan Shaw (below) who brought a plethora of hand painted mini canvases from almost any geeky property you can think of! I was able to score a custom Mr. Meeseeks (Rick & Morty) magnet from him:
I was also able to get an amazing Grogu (Baby Yoda from Star Wars: The Mandalorian) art print from Kubert School artist Delia Gunderson, who had original paintings, sketch covers, and her very own “Bear Witch” mini comic for sale.
And speaking of comics, Vampirella #23 was a new release this past week and interior artist Chris Graves was at the show signing his big debut issue! Chris is repped by the show’s host, Legendary Illustrations, and was sketching & signing all day. Here he is signing my Marco Mastrazzo variant:
Legendary Illustrations also had their artist Maudo Zapata at the booth with all of his great art & brand new foil prints, while Legendary Illustrations & show owner Phil Russertt set up an impressive booth for his hit indie comic Tragedy following a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign (and a follow-up Indiegogo campaign that’s currently live):
Tragedy #1 has over 20 beautiful variant covers which were all at the show, ready to be signed by some of its cover artists like aforementioned Sean Chen, Keith Williams, Stef Wilson, Henry Martinez, Chris Graves, and Maudo Zapata. And with CGC Signature Series witness services provided by Royal Collectibles, you could directly submit a signed copy of it, or of any comic book at the Legendary Art Show! I was fortunate enough to get on Sean Chen’s commission list for a Batwoman Beyond sketch cover and a couple of remarques to send-in for grading & encapsulation:
And, as if all of that weren’t enough, local art dealer Anthony Snyder was on-site with over a dozen bins full of original published artwork! There really was amazing stuff all around at the very first Legendary Art Show with an unrivaled “Artist Alley” experience that you won’t want to miss next time. Stay tuned for more upcoming events through the official website.