J. David Spurlock is an award-winning author, illustrator, educator, advocate for artists’ rights, and associate to star talents Frazetta, Neal Adams, Steranko, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Wally Wood and more. Spurlock’s recent book How to Draw Chiller Monsters, for Random House reached #18 on the BookSpan best-seller list. Spurlock’s recent guest speaking engagements include: interviewing Stan Lee Sept. 4, 2010 for Dragon Con TV and a live audience if 4,600; The Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine re-launch and convention in Indianapolis; the May 2010 LA Rockin’ Comic-Con with Stan Lee; the Sept. 2010 Art of Neal Adams book premiere; the Al Williamson-Frank Frazetta tribute event at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con; Rutgers School of Law; University of the Arts in Philadelphia (Oct. 16, 2009); Canada’s Where Monsters Dwell radio show; and Spurlock served as Guest Curator of the 2010 Steranko exhibit at the Geppi Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore.
Works by Spurlock include, Wally’s World: Life & Death of Wally Wood, RGK: Art of Roy G. Krenkel, The Space Cowboy, Frazetta: The Definitive Reference, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos, Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage, and Joe Kubert: Draw From Life.
Spurlock has founded multiple scholarship funds at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has taught at the university level since 1986. Spurlock’s works have been acclaimed by The New York Times, IPPY Awards, Entertainment Weekly, Eisner Awards, MTV, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, Library Journal, the Rondo Awards, Publishers Weekly, the Hugo Awards, The Village Voice, Locus Awards, and more.
Spurlock’s film/TV credits include: Frazetta Painting With Fire; STARZ network’s Comicbooks Unbound; Free@Last TV’s 2005 documentary, The Batman Story, for BBC Five; directing BBC-star Jonathan Ross in his recent interview of Jim Steranko; serving as a consultant to Morgan Spurlock on the documentary Comic Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope; and on-screen interview for a 2012 documentary on Daredevil.
Spurlock was recently named Director of The Wallace Wood Estate and is working on a PBS documentary, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, with the Emmy Award-nominated producers of the 2009 PBS six-part series Make ‘Em Laugh.
Spurlock’s work as an artists’ rights advocate includes:
* Art Instruction at various Universities with a focus on law as it effects the artist (includes School of Visual Arts in NYC, Kubert School, Brookhaven College, and 10 years at The University of Texas);
* President Emeritus of the Society of Illustrators in Dallas;
* Decades of representation of artists;
* Founder Vanguard Publishing: designed to best serve and present artists;
* Founder of multiple art scholarships at The School of Visual Arts in NYC;
* Lecturer on artists rights, copyright, trademark, intellectual property law as it effects artists;
* David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Arts & Letters Council
* Ambassador for the Inkwell Awards
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