Monday, February 10, 2014

Clive Barker NEEDS Your Help

Clive Barker is without doubt an Imaginer. His work as a writer has been universally praised across multiple genres, be it dark, adult fantasy or children's literature. His work as a filmaker in the horror arena has garnered millions of fans worldwide. Yet, while the hardcore Fifth Dominion fanbase has been aware of his painting talent for years, much of the rest of the world are less acquainted with the thousands of original works he has produced via pen or paint or camera for fine art galleries, private collectors and museums.

Today is the last day of the Clive Barker kickstarter.

Century Guild director Tom Negovan has assembled an amazing creative team to archive and edit the massive collection of the artist's works to produce a broadly encompassing volume. It will be limited edition, immaculately packaged and required a tremendous amount of hours and labor. The gifts you'll get for pledging are extraordinary, and as of this writing there are plenty of incentives still available. I would be remiss if I didn't state that Barker's health invites speculation about how much more work he'll be able to produce in this lifetime. I don't claim to have more information than anyone else, but I highly recommend that you appreciate the man while he is still with us, and contributing to this kickstarter campaign offers just such an opportunity.

Clive Barker has been an incredibly important contributor to the comics medium, and that alone would warrant coverage in this column, but it is with no minor pride that I report to have been party to one of the first American exhibitions of his work over fifteen years ago at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.  I've met him on several occasions and found him to be kind, articulate and encouraging not only to his friends and fans but also to his detractors.

Below is a video explaining the perks of support. You can get cool swag for as little as $14.

I didn't realize until today that this column has become a quarterly concern, rather than a bi-weekly blog. I'll be rectifying that for sure, and hope you stay tuned.

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