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  • OPEN CALL - 1-month residency Summer 2020 w/ stipend

    Location: St. Andrews, NB

    Every year KIRA awards eighteen artists with a one month residency. Artists are..
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  • 15th Anonymous Art Show (Preview Week)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join North Van Arts for the 15th annual Anonymous Art Show Fundraiser Preview..
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  • ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Deadline November 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a magazine – an annual treasure box of artist information and..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Landscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Landscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Call for Art - 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call for Artists | Spring 2020

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art is thrilled to announce our Call for Artists to apply..
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  • ‘Face to Face’ Solo Show by Kulpreet Rana

    Location: Brampton , ON

    My name is Kulpreet Rana. I born in India, Punjab and now living..
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  • Art Calgary | Calgary's Art Fair

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Calgary’s first professional art fair. Located in the Mona Lisa Art Salon, Art..
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  • “Portraits” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline December 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke..
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  • Award-Winning Into the Void Seeks Your Art for Issue 15

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning Toronto-based literary magazine and publisher Into the Void seeks visual art for..
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  • Santa Parade Run & Guelph Community Santa Parade

    Location: Guelph, ON

    – The holiday cheer is now before us and with that the anticipation..
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  • Exhibition: Spirit of Our Land Group Show by Indigenous Artists

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Collector's Choice Group show features Indigenous Artists Clarence Keith Bird, Ray Keighley, Michael Lonechild,..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl 2020 Registration Open

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Register for the 2020 North Shore Art Crawl, a weekend event where you..
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  • Judy | Film Viewing

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Support North Van Arts International Film Series by purchasing tickets to Judy Film..
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  • Exhibit and Opening Reception - The Things I See: Robert Bora

    Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

    Join us for the opening reception of The Things I See on Thursday,..
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  • Art of the West Show and Sale

    Location: Kamloops, BC

    Calling for entries into our juried show. Three categories; Drawing and Painting, Photography..
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  • Unravelling Identites

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Diana Ohiozebau was born in Leeds, England and raised in Nigeria. She is..
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  • Featured Artist in Arts Shark

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Eva Lewarne is the featured artist on ARTSY SHARK! Using signature pixelated shapes, artist..
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  • Call for Art - 5th Annual Colorful Abstractions Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Colorful Abstractions online art competition. For this..
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  • Gallery Ring “Sky” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring invites artists to look up and submit their artworks depicting the..
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  • Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it

    Location: Calgary, AB

    November 1- December 14, 2019 TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present Like the winter..
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  • Call for Art - 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Intermediate Watercolour Workshop - July 15, 16th, 2020

    Location: Baie St Paul , QC

    Contemporary artist Julie Donec is offering a two day watercolour workshop designed for..
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  • Artist's Lens 2020

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all ASA Juried, Life & Associate Members..
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  • CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019

    Location: venice ,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Show | December 05, 2019..
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  • 2nd Annual Into the Wild Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 12th Quarterly Art Competition - the 2nd..
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  • Subversive Celebration: International Altered Card Exhibition

    Location: Vermillion, SD

    Challenge the social custom of giving boring store-bought greeting cards for every occasion..
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  • Ageism

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Artists to participate in the exhibition,..
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  • m(ART)ket - Winnipeg Renovation Show

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Searching for qualified artists or photographers to exhibit in a feature in Winnipeg..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants – Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , BC

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for our Fall 2019 international open call...
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  • Didukh Building Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Learn how to make a didukh, a sheaf of grain traditionally prepared by..
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  • From Around Ukraine in Stitches

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    This new series, a Technique Taster of Stitches, will introduce participants to embroidery..
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  • Open Call: All 10

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Calling all Canadian Artists! This is an open submission call for a lightly..
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  • Invisible by PAINTER8

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Please join us at PAINTER8, and other Edmonton art lovers alike, for the..
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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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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