2016 LA Vintage Paperback Show

2016 Vintage Paperback Show, panoramic view. Photo by John King Tarpinian.

2016 Vintage Paperback Show, panoramic view. Photo by John King Tarpinian.

The 37th Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show took place April 3 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

I finally made it!

It’s a great event. I really enjoyed it. Book dealers fill the exhibit hall, and at a row of tables next to the stage waves of writers and artists autograph their works for fans, free, throughout the day. Some of the people signing when I first arrived were Karen Anderson, Barbara Hambly, and Tim Kirk. Joe Lansdale and his daughter, Kasey, were at one of the dealers tables.

Kasey Lansdale and her father Joe Lansdale.

Kasey Lansdale and her father Joe Lansdale.

On the way in I met Tim and Serena Powers. Tim said he looks in on the File 770 blog, which was nice to hear. I had a long conversation with Marc Schirmeister, who I last saw at Sasquan.

I met artist Tony Gleeson for the first time – an artist often mentioned here in news stories — and he in turn introduced me to author Odie Hawkins.

Quite a few LASFS members were present — Matthew Tepper, Michelle Pincus, Karl Lembke – in addition to the member/authors who were signing. I hear Robert J. Sawyer visited the Loscon table later, after I had gone.

Robert J. Sawyer. Photo by Michelle Pincus.

Robert J. Sawyer. Photo by Michelle Pincus.

While touring the dealer tables I saw lots of classic old stuff — but got a giggle out of seeing a copy of Zotz! Among the precious wares in a glass case. That’s the book which became a (negative) legend and running joke in the LASFS Xmas Gift Exchange — even though it’s a hardcover, you couldn’t get credit for contributing ZOTZ! as a gift unless you included with it something else that was worth the minimum. One year I unwrapped a copy which came with a $5 bill…

The event staff were doing a really good job — seemed to have an eye open for everything, and treated people very nicely.

I can’t end without mentioning the Civic Auditorium’s rather odd parking structure. The property is built into a hillside. You enter the structure on the bottom level, as you would expect, however, to exit you have to drive all the way up to the roof — which puts you on a level with another driveway to the street.

Gleeson Exhibit Opens in Pasadena

Eye_of_Cat_lrBy John King Tarpinian: This evening I went to the opening of a friend’s sci-fi art exhibit — Tony Gleeson, in Century Books’ upstairs gallery in Pasadena, CA.

I took some very bad photos of some very nice artwork, some of which you might recognize. He’s done covers for books by Richard Matheson, Arthur C. Clarke, and many pulps; Fantastic Stories, Science Fiction Book Club (Eye of the Cat, in the poster above) Galaxy Magazine, (Jabberwock 3000), and Amazing (Looking Glass).

If you happen to find yourself in Pasadena, visit the bookshop gallery. The exhibit is on now thru October 3 during the bookshop’s normal operating hours.

Century Books is located at 1039 E. Green St, Pasadena, CA

Tony’s bio:  After studies in Fine Arts at Georgetown University and Illustration at the Art Center College of Design, Tony began his career in New York. His earliest illustration work was for science fiction magazines such as Galaxy, Amazing, and Fantastic. A series of assignments followed for book cover paintings for Doubleday & Co’s Science Fiction Book Club.

Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1977, Tony opened his own studio, creating book cover art as well as interior illustrations for a wide range of books, magazines and newspapers. His work has been featured in numerous advertising campaigns and product packaging and he has also extensively created storyboard and concept art for television, film and music videos. His science fiction and fantasy related paintings were exhibited at the legendary Dream Masters Gallery in Los Angeles and the gallery of the original Change of Hobbit in Santa Monica.

Through most of the 1990s, Tony was associated with Neal Adams Continuity Studios as a designer, letterform/logo artist, and illustrator. Throughout that time and to the present, he has continued to operate his own studio, creating illustration, concept art, and commissioned art pieces, utilizing both digital and traditional approaches. In 2005, he was commissioned to create a dinosaur giclée print that was presented to Ray Bradbury on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

Among his recent projects have been a print edition of pencil renderings of fantastic saurian creatures, “Fanciful Visions of Dinos and Dragons,” and a series of portraits of authors of imaginative fiction. In the past three years, he has been the subject of three solo art exhibitions and participated in four group exhibitions.

See Gleeson’s “Fantastic!!!” Art Exhibit

Eye_of_Cat_lrA solo show of Tony Gleeson’s art spotlighting classic science fiction and fantasy themes will be displayed in the upstairs gallery at Pasadena’s Century Books from September 20 through October 3.

Century Books is located at 1039 E. Green St, Pasadena, CA

As Gleeson says in the poster, “Many of these pieces haven’t been seen in years and there may not be another opportunity to see them again!”

Gleeson will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first pro art sale in September, an illustration that was published in the December 1974 issue of Amazing Stories. Coincidentally, two readers of this blog had work in that issue, author Gregory Benford and artist Dan Steffan. (George R.R. Martin also had a novelette, which he probably wrote between chess tournaments…)