BERWYN – Two well-known comic artists, Lucio Parillo and Douglas Klauba, will demonstrate the drawing of fantasy and comic art from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Reel Art Collectibles, 6727 W. Stanley Ave. in Berwyn.
The two artists will each bring a piece of art that they will finish in the store, on the north side of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks and just east of Oak Park Avenue. Their appearances are courtesy of the Scuola International School of Comic Art in Chicago and arranged by Cory Glaberson, Reel Art owner.
The two also will sell prints of their work and sign autographs.
Parillo was just at Comic-Con International in San Diego and is doing a workshop at the Scuola school before returning to Italy.
For the past 15 years, the Italian fantasy artist has been working for companies in the comics and games industries in America and Europe. His work includes art for “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man,” “The Hulk,” “Dead Pool,” “Death’s Head,” “The Siege,” “Thor,” and “What if?” as well as covers for “Warlord of Mars,” “Lord of the Jungle,” “Red Sonja,” “The Expendables,” “Vampirella,” and more.
In the past 10 years, he has illustrated trading cards for “Magic the Gathering” and “Warcraft,” and drew interior illustrations for “Dungeons and Dragons” books and comic books for “Magic the Gathering (Jace vs. Chandra)."
Klauba lives in the Tinley Park area and has taught a summer camp for Scuola, which had chosen Chicago, and a site at 1651-53 W. Hubbard St., for its first location outside Italy. For 34 years, the international school of comic art headquartered in Rome, has trained artists who have gone on to work for creative agencies and leading comic book publishers in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
As a kid growing up in Chicago, Klauba collected illustrated paperback covers, printed his own comic books and made movies with friends. His creative impulses lead him to a serious interest in painting, and he went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and study at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
On returning to Chicago, he established his own studio, where his illustrations have been commissioned for posters, advertising, book covers, magazines, corporate communications, calendars and collector plates by national and international agencies and design firms.
He has created cover art for books and comics featuring characters such as Doc Savage; the Avenger; The Spider; Zorro; and The Phantom. His paintings have been included in the art annuals of Spectrum, the Society of Illustrators and Imagine FX magazine. A poster of his painting, “Stella 7,” is hanging on the wall of Howard Wolowitz’s bedroom on the TV series, “The Big Bang Theory.”
For more information, call 708-288-7378 during store hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, or visit the website at www.reelartstore.com