Author/illustrator Gris Grimly has a launch event and art show for his own illustrated edition of Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree this Sunday at Creature Features in Burbank.
Creature Features kicks off the season of the witch early with this spook-tacular gallery show showcasing brand new artwork created by Gris Grimly for the latest adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s beloved perennial THE HALLOWEEN TREE!
Grimly casts his unique spell over this fantastical tale of a daring group of trick ‘r treaters who cross space and time to discover the true origins of Halloween, led by the mysterious Mr. Moundshroud.
The show opens on August 2nd with Grimly on hand to display his original art and sign the new hardbound edition from Knopf Books. Limited edition prints will also be offered exclusively thru the gallery.”
The Illustrated Man was one of the first Ray Bradbury books I bought. I picked it up at my junior high school's weekly book sale. The cover painting attracted me to the paperback. What a weird and fascinating image! It's a naked bald man, sitting on a rickety wood platform in a forlorn, alien desert. The best part about it is the way his back is turned to the viewer. So mysterious.
Artist Dean Ellis original "Red Illustrated Man" painting commissioned for the cover art of Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man." Ellis' depiction was used for the cover of the Bantam Books 1969 paperback edition of "The Illustrated Man." Composed in casein on illustration board. Painting measures 17" x 26.5" and is framed to an overall size of 26" x 35". Near fine condition. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate.
With 9 days left in the auction, the original art has a high bid of over $9,000. I predict it'll go for $20k or more.
Through the years, Ray Bradbury attended several major space mission events at JPL/Caltech. On Nov. 12, 1971, on the eve of Mariner 9 going into orbit at Mars, Bradbury took part in a symposium at Caltech with Arthur C. Clarke, journalist Walter Sullivan, and scientists Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. In this excerpt, Bradbury reads his poem, "If Only We Had Taller Been."