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World Fantasy Convention. The Fifth World Fantasy Convention - Page 11. October 12, 1979 - October 14, 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 12, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/1453/show/1420.

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World Fantasy Convention. (October 12, 1979 - October 14, 1979). The Fifth World Fantasy Convention - Page 11. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/1453/show/1420

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World Fantasy Convention, The Fifth World Fantasy Convention - Page 11, October 12, 1979 - October 14, 1979, Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 12, 2019, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/1453/show/1420.

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Title The Fifth World Fantasy Convention
Creator (LCNAF)
  • World Fantasy Convention
Date October 12, 1979 - October 14, 1979
Description Program book for the Fifth World Fantasy Convention.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • World Fantasy Convention
  • King, Stephen
  • Belknap Long, Frank
  • Whelan, Michael
  • Grant, Charles L.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Providence, Rhode Island
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 37
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/5309
Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript a Ha 5£gSfS Michael Whelan by Don Maitz Illustration by G. Duncan Eagle son Michael Whelan, the Guest Artist at this World Fantasy Convention, is a present-day master of communicating visual scenarios non-existent in our world. Put a little more simply, he is a fantasy illustrator of very high calibre. Having spent some time and effort searching to acnieve that title myself, I can say through experience that it is a difficult position indeed to attain. To produce quality illustrations of a fantastic nature one must have artistic capabilities pushed to the maximum, an incredible imagination, perception, diligence, patience, and whatever else it takes to have people look, react, and then . . . wonder. Not only is Michael Whelan a competent fantasy illustrator, ne is a successful one. Which means that a lot of people what to see want this artist has to present to them. An artist whom I have a great respect for once told me that the first one thousand paintings an artist attempts are the hardest to produce. As in achieving most any goal, one must take many awkward steps until proficiency through experience results, enabling one to run and leap with fluid coordination. Fluid coordination in making intelligent illustrations requires an artist to have a thorough conception of light on form, size and shape relationships, anatomy, perspective, color reactions, aerial perspective, mood, textural sensitivity, photography, and draftsmanship. I have yet to see an illustration by Michael Whelan that fails to exhibit a marvelous display of all these factors. A considerable amount of study and practice is necessary to demonstrate such expertise. Michael, now at an age of twenty-nine, began studying the art of making pictures fourteen years ago by taking summer art classes before entering high school. He attended San Jose State University, receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts and Painting. Another nine months were spent studying at the Arts Center College of Design in Los Angeles, after which he moved to the east coast to freelance for New York publishers. I was in art school at the time Michael's work was first published (Fall of 1974), and I recall the impression his work had upon me. The illustrations were very imaginative, yet the works had a serious dedication to form . . . real but unreal. Michael's work obviously had favorable reactions from book publishers as well, for more than one hundred and ten paperback covers have subsequently appeared. His publication includes the following: Marvel Comics, DAW Books, Random House, Ariel Books, Ballantine —Del-Rey, Pocketbooks, Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, Gallery Magazine, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and National Geographic Magazine. Michael is also a member of the Society of Illustrators. Membership in this group requires the recognition of an illustrator's capabilities and performances by several of the artist's peers who are already members. In attending conventions and art shows throughout the United States and abroad, Michael Whelan has not only exhibited and sold his work, he has secured awards at all those he entered. Surely that is a positive response from those that look upon what he chooses us to see. It is evident that Whelan enjoys what he does by the vast amount of work that he has produced. There has to be something rewarding and enjoyable happening for someone who faces frightful deadlines, incredible competition, and constant pressure. Yet, one after another, Michael caresses each work with imagination and artistic grace. As an added attraction, he teases us with his MW seal, his sigil which is incorporated in his illustrations with a treatment reminiscent of searching for the bunny's head in the photography on the cover of one of this country's major magazines. It is there; just look for it