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Reel Art Collectibles hosts comic pros for discussion, interviews

Lucio Parrillo poses with a helper at COMIC CON earlier this month. Behind him is one of his more well known characters, Vampirella.
Lucio Parrillo poses with a helper at COMIC CON earlier this month. Behind him is one of his more well known characters, Vampirella.

BERWYN – Do the names Lucio Parillo and Douglas Klauba mean anything to you?

How about Iron Man, Vampirella, Eberron or Doc Savage? Maybe The Phantom or The Spider?

You know that poster of “Stella 7” that Howard Walowitz has above bed in “the Big Bang Theory?”

It’s pure Klauba.

Parillo and Klauba need no introduction in the world of fantasy and comic book art, and both will demonstrate their drawing talents from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Reel Art Collectibles, 6727 W. Stanley Ave., Berwyn.

Parillo and Klauba each will complete an original piece of art at the store.

The artists appear through the Scuola International School of Comic Art in Chicago, as arranged by Reel Art owner Cory Glaberson.

Bob Garcia, a graphic designer whose clients include Reel Art Collectibles, put together the event for several reasons, he said. Fantasy and comic book fans know the two artists well by their wor kbecause they have given a face and body to some of their most beloved characters.

“Parillo has done a lot of full-scale comic work of big, burly men and sexy women,” Garcia said. “He’s in demand for covers. That’s kind of what his niche is. He’s got some really bodacious everything.”

Klauba, on the other hand, is almost the opposite of
Parillo, Garcia said.

“He comes from the art deco, pulp fiction school,” Garcia said. “He’s done covers for the Phantom, Kolchak the Night Stalker. Doug’s likenesses are amazing. He’s done work for the Franklin Mint plates.”

Parillo and Klauba also will sell prints of their work and sign autographs at the event Friday.

Parillo, who was at Comic-Con International in San Diego, will hold a workshop at Scuola, the international school of comic art headquartered in Rome, which had chosen 1651-53 W Hubbard St., Chicago, as its first campus outside of Italy.

The school has been open for 34 years, training artists who have gone on to work for creative agencies and leading comic book publishers in the U.S. and throughout Europe.

Parillo, 39, said he started drawing as a child, but it was his father, an artist and painter, who gave him his “base.”

“After that, I did everything myself, most of the art I do, I taught myself,” Parillo said.

Born in Calabria and now living in Florence, Parillo said he has been coming to Comic-Con for seven years now.

“It’s always great,” he said. “For me, coming from Italy, having fans here is a big thing. Every year, it’s getting better.”

Put the work of Parillo and Klauba together and the stark contrast becomes apparent.

Klauba said he is s drawn to the pulp fiction style, while Parillo’s work tends to be more fantastical.

“The whole nostalgia thing really appealed to me,” Klauba said. “When given an assignment, that’s where it takes me back. It’s grittier, more dramatic. I’ve always liked superheroes and those detective stories, but as I got older, I became more interested in the pulp heroes, which were more detective-oriented, crime solving.”

Klauba, 50, a former Berwyn resident who now lives in Evergreen Park, just finished a three week, comic and cartoon-based summer camp at Scuola.

For information about Reel Art’s upcoming events including this one, call 708-288-7378 during store hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. You can visit the website at

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