5 Questions: MU grad part of 'Avengers' debut
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As part of the promotion for the blockbuster comic book film "The Avengers," Californian pop culture-themed art gallery Gallery 1988 hosted "Assembled," a show inspired by the Marvel comics characters appearing in the film, from May 3-6.
Marshall University graduate and Huntington-based artist Glen Brogan was one of the artists handpicked to show his work during the event, which also included a reception attended by the film's cast and crew.
Brogan's work, "Avengers Assemble," features the superhero team lounging in their clubhouse. Gallery 1988 offered 30 signed and numbered digital prints of the painting -- all of which sold.
The gazz spoke to Brogan about the show and how he broke into the world of pop-culture art.
Q: How did you get started in art?
A: "I've been interested in arts my whole life. As far as getting started doing gallery shows across the country, that's because of a freelance job I got doing T-shirt designs for a company called Split Reason. They're based in Canada and do video game and pop culture-themed designs."
Q: What was the job?
A: "In 2009, I submitted a T-shirt design for something called 'Mario's Closet,' which had the 'Super Mario Brothers' video game character standing in front of a closet with all of his outfits. The design took off. The next day, my in-box was full, and I believe interest in the design crashed Split Reason's site."
Q: And this led to other jobs?
A: "Sure. I've done shows with the Cartoon Network. I might be doing another one. I did a couple of things for some overseas magazines. I did some work for NASA and The Mars Society, and I was contacted by Gallery 1988.
"Gallery 1988, that was really exciting. That's the gallery where I got 'The Avengers' show. It's the gallery you want to be in if you do pop-culture art. They contacted me about selling prints of the 'Mario's Closet' design, and I've worked with them since."
Q: How did you get involved with "The Avengers" art show?
A: "Disney/Marvel contacted them about doing an officially sponsored show with the movie. Gallery 1988 gave the filmmakers a list of artists they'd worked with and the filmmakers hand-picked who they wanted in the show.
"It was very flattering, and something cool. After the show, the animation supervisor from the film contacted me. He wanted a print."
Q: So what's ahead for you?
A: "That's kind of the thing: The coolest stuff you aren't allowed to talk about, but I'm definitely staying busy."
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