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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • 2019 ANIMA MUNDI - CONSCIOUSNESS

    Location: VENICE,

    ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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  • Call for Artist/Writer in Residence

    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

    There will be an art exhibit of the works of Sue J Amon..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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  • Friends of Bon Echo Art and Sale exhibition

    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki In this 2-day workshop, we will learn how to quickly develop rich..
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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this workshop attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher..
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  • Jun 6 – 27 – Introduction to Acrylics

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This course is intended for anyone who would like to try acrylic paints..
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  • May 29 – Jun 19 – Core Drawing Skills

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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  • May 25 & 26 – Cedar Bark Hat Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join master weaver Jessica Silvey and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker..
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  • May 1 – 22 – Drawing Fundamentals & Community

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this introductory level drawing course, students will be introduced to a variety..
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  • Spring Film Series at North Van Arts Announced!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Van Arts International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts..
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  • International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge Painting on the..
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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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  • Anima Mundi

    Location: Venice, Italy,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: April..
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  • Call to Artists - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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Tom Grummett - The Man Who Helped Kill Superman

By ArtistsInCanada Interview March 31, 2003

} Tom GrummettThe Man Who Helped Kill Superman By Paul Constable Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's SUPERMAN. More powerful than a locomotive! Faster than a speeding bullet! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but even Superman is not able to shake the wrath of a team of hungry writers and illustrators. In 1992 - 1993, (this episode concluded with 4 special issues) - Superman had been penned into a corner by a determined team of creative staff, that plotted the demise of the Man of Steel. None other than Saskatoon's Tom Grummet was part of that team. The Caped Crusader was about to meet his match. Earlier that year, DC Comics flew the creative staff to New York to have a brain storming session, where the entire year was to be planned out over a three-day period. Initially, Superman was to wed Lois Lane. The team, by the second day, had a good part of the scripting done for the year. The phone rang and the creative group was informed by their publisher, that they had to change the concept. It seems "Lois and Clark", the TV series, was planned for that season and marriage was not on the Super hero's mind. That's when "The Death of Superman" was initiated. By the end of the third day the staff became unified in their task - 4 separate creative teams would each take a turn at him, over 4 issues. Sales were brisk that year and after the last issue 75, Superman disappeared from view for two months. Meanwhile back in Saskatoon, Tom Grummett was meeting another deadline, the resurrection of the Man of Steel - series 500. He was to be the principal illustrator for the next few years. To this day Superman and the other 75 titles of DC Comics are hand drawn on specially made pages, then FedEx'd to New York for inking and hand lettering of the type. Due to the volume and variety of Super Heroes (1000's), many freelance illustrators and writers are hired to fulfill the demand of a hungry comic book market. The artists are paid per page and the writers by the amount of words written. The images are then scanned and coloured by computer and prepared for press. Grummett produces the pencil drawings, which involves the complicated thought process of visualizing what the story line is about. He works closely with a writer from New York where his images must follow a logical order, so there is continuity for the reader. Doc Savage (unpublished) The 60-year old comic book industry is slow to change. Personally, it's nice to see the human touch still present in comic book publishing. It proves hand produced work can coexist with the presence of computer graphics and the bottom line. The gesture of an action figure is hard to reproduce in the same flowing manner by a drawing program. They tend to look stilted and without feeling. Grummett admits the future of comics is uncertain, as declining sales, due to a dwindling readership puts pressure on the industry. Most of the readers are now in they're mid 20's and up. "The kids are more into video and DVD games. Kids are just not reading as much they used to. Comics never required the highest level of reading aptitude, but at least the kids were reading and using their imagination" says Grummett. DC Comics presently publishes about one third of the volume, per issue, as they did in the hay days of the mid 1960's. Tom Grummett started looking at comics at an early age, before he could even read. He figures this is what gave him a strong ability to visualize a story line with pictures. Tom remembers, after finishing High School he wanted to put all his drawings under his arm and head for New York. Finally at the age of 30 he started drawing full time in the profession he loves. Tom's first work in comics first appeared in the 1980 "Captain Canuck Summer Special", where he penciled and inked a pin-up page. He continued working on a number of independent comics and then in 1987 Grummett wrote, penciled and inked "The Privateers" by Vanguard Graphics. With this piece under his belt, he was seriously looked at by DC Comics to do some fill-in work. Over the years Tom has worked on Wonder Woman, The New Titans, numerous editions of Superman, Robin, Superboy and for Marvel Comics - Generation X and the Silver Surfer. Tom joined Karl Kesel to create Section Zero under the Gorilla imprint. He is presently teamed up with Gorilla alumnus Kurt Busiek to produce the Power Company for DC comics. Tom Grummett lives quietly on a small acreage outside of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, with his wife Nancy and two children. _________________________________________________ Paul Constable is the Director of Artists In Canada. He is a Painter / Printmaker and Senior Graphic Designer for an Advertising and Communications company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Paul Constable can be reached by email HERE. His paintings may be viewed at: www.ArtistsInCanada.com/pconstable. Your suggestions for future articles are welcome. _________________________________________________ © 2003 ArtistsInCanada.com