New York Comic Con starts on Thursday and I am stoked. I'll be "On the Bear" for the first time at NYCC. I can't wait for the four days of fun, meeting celebrities, creators and friends. Art Baltazar is all three actually!
Art is a famous cartoonist. If you don't believe me, ask him or look at the Art Baltazar - Famous Cartoonist Facebook page.
If that sounds braggadocious, it's not. Art is just a fun guy. Besides, it is a true statement. He is a multi-time award winner, including an Eisner award (with Aw Yeah co-owner Franco) for Tiny Titans.
I have known Art for years and been a fan even longer. Somehow, it took me a while to realize he owned Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, even though I went there for my random comic book searches.
Art has done work for a long list of companies, including DC Comics, Disney, Warner Brothers and many more. He also self-publishes.
Art is a unique guy. I think his mind is always working. Like a comedian who always sees humor from situations, Art seems to always have a comic idea in his head. He describes comic books as a way of life.
I have interviewed him several times, the last of which was at C2E2 2020 right before the pandemic. My buddy, the versatile Joey Roth handled the interviewer duties flawlessly and got a really fun interview. I think somewhere down the line, Art will challenge Joey for the Joey Roth title belt.
Check AwYeahComics.com for all the news and info on Art's books and future projects. Also, follow Art on Facebook for more frequent updates. Also, go to NewYorkComicCon.com for scheduling and other info.
Art Baltazar and me in Skokie, IL-July 2021.