I have been running into Rudy Nebres for over a decade now. I think that I first got a con sketch from him at a show in Secaucus NJ, a Horror Chiller Theatre show I think. I do remember seeing an older woman from behind and being highly impressed; when see turned around and was revealed to be actress Tonya Roberts I knew why she was a star. But I digress.
It wasn't long before I realized that I lived fairly close to Mr. Nebres and when he invited me into his home to pick up a commission I decided that something was not right here. I was living within 10 minutes of a major comic book artist and even the local comic shop had no idea he was there. Relevant to this situation in my opinion is the fact that Mr.Nebres has no internet presence and no interest in changing that. I decided that I should do something about what I perceived to be an over-looked aging artist who was ready and able to produce excellent work right now but seemed to me to be lacking opportunity. I eventually wrote him a long letter offering to assist in the selling of his work in a variety of different scenarios but he never replied.
Then last year I saw him at a show. I was wearing a shirt I had made of the Doctor Strange vs Dracula commission he did for me and when I showed him the shirt he remembered the letter. I explained that I was fine with him not replying and I was only offering to help if he wanted...that it was all good either way. But to my surprise he told me that he would like my assistance in handling commissions; he explained that he had no less than three other people selling art or commissions in some capacity or another but that we could work together in a limited capacity. I thought that was great.
And now that I am into it a little I find that I have a lot of thoughts on the matter. So maybe I can share them here on my blog. I have been writing quite a lot in some of the emails to people interested in getting a commission from Mr. Nebres and will share some of that content in the next few days. I will also hopefully show the first finished commission that Mr. Nebres has done with my facilitation; that is en route right now and the owner should have it Tuesday. Maybe he'll let me share it here soon after.
But the process has made me think quite a bit and although some of these thoughts are best kept to myself I think sharing some of them will be productive for me and maybe help me better assist Mr. Nebres. So check back often if you'd like to see examples of Rudy Nebres' current chops or hear tales of how I handle the process of getting his commissions out to his fans. (I get to talk to this guy about art on a regular and specific basis!)
See you soon!