In 1990, comic artist and editor Mark Chiarello painted portraits of baseball greats from the Negro Leagues. The watercolors were packaged as a set of trading cards celebrating these players, many of whom never appeared on baseball cards before. Those watercolors, plus several dozen new ones, have now been collected in a hardcover book titled Heroes Of The Negro Leagues. The original works are currently being shown at ArtInsights gallery in Reston, Virginia, and the new issue of Juxtapoz includes an interview with Chiarello. I think these portraits are absolutely stunning, whether you care about the great American pastime or not.
Link to ArtInsights online gallery and interview, Link to buy Heroes Of The Negro Leagues
I'm headed back to San Diego for Comic-Con today for a signing and giveaway for Radicalized, Tor Booth, #2701. I hope to see you there!
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