[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Andre Campbell legally blind comic book illustrator
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excerpt , links from 2 articles about Andre Campbell a visually impaired
illustrator and slide show about Andre Campbell talking about his work,
video showing him work
video showing Campbell at work
Comic Book Hero
Andre Campbell's vision is severely limited, but that hasn't stopped him
from pursuing his dream of making it as a comic book artist. Will he
ever see success?
Andre Campbell, who has been legally blind since birth, let his cane
glide in front of him, as Tyran Eades stepped diligently by his side
with the patience of an attentive brother. They were headed toward their
designated table at the 15th annual Pittsburgh Comicon. All around them
at the convention were eye-popping banners and saturated displays of
superheroes both ubiquitous and obscure, all designed to celebrate the
unbridled joy of comic books and to encourage generous spending during
the next three days by the 7,000 or so attendees. Campbell -- who says
you can approximate his vision by closing one eye and squinting through
the other -- could make out very little. But he had a grand vision for
himself, an inner faith that his own characters would some day take
their place alongside Spider-Man, Batman and Wolverine at conventions
like this one.
Having toiled for nearly 20 years, Campbell, 44, had produced -- with
Eades's assistance -- one comic book and one graphic novel, both
self-published, starring Campbell's Alpha Agents ("Earth's Mightiest
Heroes"). Unlike the professional comic book artists, who had been
invited to attend and who had made their names by working on some of the
most beloved superhero titles of our time, Eades, 33, and Campbell had
paid $150 out of their scarce resources to rent a table. But now they
were focused on the significance of this day. For the first time, they
had traveled to an out-of-state convention to promote their company,
Heritage Comics HSQ (Heart, Soul, Quality). When they found their way to
the corner of the convention center set up for small-press artists such
as themselves, they settled in for eight hours of talking up characters
that no one had yet heard of.
Campbell and Eades had published their first Alpha Agents comic in 2007,
after Campbell had written and labored over it on and off for 10 years.
The new graphic novel included the first Alpha Agents story, plus two
new installments. They'd had 50 copies printed for $250, and were hoping
to sell them for $10 each. They'd decided to forgo having their bios
listed in the convention's extensive program, which would have cost
another $150. They were too low on funds for that, Campbell said. The
hotel room they were sharing would set them back $300, and then there
was gas money for the trip from Baltimore.
Campbell estimates that, over the years, he has put $7,000 of his own
money into Heritage. Eades has spent about $4,000. In all that time,
their gross sales have amounted to about $500. But the goal for the
convention, Campbell and Eades agreed, was to introduce their characters
to a new public. "We don't expect to break even," Campbell said. "What
we do expect is that people will remember us."
Whatever Happened To .... Andre Campbell?
In a scene in the story, Campbell gets to try out a closed-circuit
television system that magnifies and projects printed material onto a
monitor. Campbell, who had mostly stopped reading more than 25 years
ago, was mesmerized, but the CCTV was out of his price range. After
reading the story, a couple from Virginia offered to buy him the system,
which cost about $2,500. They delivered it the day after Christmas.
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