Monday, November 25, 2013


L. Kent Wolgamott: Comic book artist Bob Hall talks superhero movies

November 16, 2013 11:15 pm  •  
Thor is wielding his hammer in movie theaters across Lincoln and the country, and at Iron Tail Gallery.
That’s where Bob Hall is showing his comic book art -- which includes a couple of large panels of Thor in action that he drew for Marvel Comics.
Hall, who drew Batman for DC and Spider-Man, The Avengers, Fantastic Four and Thor for Marvel, has checked out the superhero movies that now rule the box office.
“They vary from film to film,” he said. “I think the first 'Spider-Man' and 'The Avengers' are the more successful ones as far as the Marvels are concerned in capturing the point of view that made Marvel so successful in the '60s, '70s, '80s.
"I personally like the Thor movies, and I don’t exactly know why. Part of it is Loki and the actor who plays him. You have to have a good villain. I did a lot of Thor. I worked on the book several times. I have a soft spot for him."
Visually, Hall said, the comic movies are hit-and-miss when compared to their sources.


“Like anything, if it has a really good art direction, it just makes a difference,” Hall said. “Some of them really looked at the comics, and some didn’t. The first Spider-Man, Sam Raimi, has been a comic fan forever, and some of the scenes look like panels from the book. Thor, I think looks great, but it might have a little more in common with other fantasy movies than it does Jack Kirby (the artist who originated and defined the Thor comic book look). I think it would be fun if they tried to capture that feel he gave to it. It would be hard, but it would be fun.”

There’s also one other major difference between the superhero movies and the comic books.
“The problem with them all is the need for cataclysm at each movie,” Hall said. “The comics were more like television series. It had a little bit more room to develop. Every issue didn’t have to have that boffo ending.”
In addition to making his art, Hall’s an actor and director and founder of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company.
On Thursday, he’ll begin appearing in “Marley and Me -- A One-Man Christmas Carol” at TADA Theatre, which is slated to run weekends through mid-December.
“I am acting all the roles,” Hall said. “It was a challenge. It’s a new version that (TADA managing artistic director) Bob Rook has written. It’s an adaptation and a condensation. It runs about 1 hour 20 minutes. Thank God, I’m not doing a 3-hour ‘Christmas Carol’; I have enough to memorize with this one. It’s not read. I act them out. I’m totally out of my mind to be doing it.”
Hall will take a break from the show Saturday when he’ll be at Iron Tail doing $20 sketches. Hall will be working from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the gallery at 2120 Winthrop Road.

At the show's opening reception, Hall drew superheroes, people as superheroes, sketches of individuals and drawings of a dog and a cat. He’ll do any of the above Saturday.
”The only thing I don’t want to do is multiple people, multiple superheroes, superheroes fighting,” he said. “I get commissions for stuff like that. And I don’t want people to have to wait in line forever to get their sketch. Otherwise, I hope some people come out. It’s a lot of fun.”

Kiechel Fine Art holding moving sale

In December, Kiechel Fine Art is moving from Williamsburg to downtown. That’s creating an opportunity for some bargains as the gallery has put much of its inventory on sale at discounted rates.
Artists whose work is included in the sale include: Keith Jacobshagen, Hal Holoun, Francisco Souto, Neil Christensen, Barry Monohon, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Hart Benton, Rockwell Kent, John Steuart Curry and Terence Duren.
The sale, at the gallery at 5733 S. 34th St. and online at kiechelart.com, will run through November.
Kiechel Fine Art will then move to the former Dietze Music building at 1208 O St. The grand opening of the new gallery is set for Dec. 13. I’ll have plenty more about the new Kiechel Fine Art before the opening.

‘Greater Nebraska’  deadline Nov. 30

“Greater Nebraska” is a two-part exhibition that artist Craig Roper and I are curating for the Lux Center for the Arts, one part to take place in 2014, the second in 2015.
The exhibition is open to all artists working in Nebraska, regardless of medium, style, experience or any of the typical qualifiers attached to art shows. There are no preconceived notions of what will go into the show and no predetermined theme -- although one could emerge once the images and ideas come in.
The shows will take place in May and June 2014 and September and October 2015. The deadline for submissions for the first exhibition is Nov. 30. Images, ideas, proposals and questions should be emailed to roperstudio@gmail.com. To keep updated about Greater Nebraska, like our Facebook page. But, please don’t submit anything there.
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