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Local comic book hero on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor

Media Release Date 2009-11-06

Internationally acclaimed comic book illustrator from Windsor/LaSalle David Finch's original drawings for Marvel Comics The New Avengers, Moon Knight and more on display for a limited engagement (Nov 6th to Nov. 22) at the AGW, the first and only venue for this amazing graphic art.

The Graphic Art of David Finch

David Finch began his career as an illustrator of comic books in 1994, at the age of 22, at Top Cow Productions (part of Image Comics), in Santa Monica, California. There he created the comic book series Ascension and Aphrodite IX, both of which received critical and popular acclaim. An immediate commercial success, Aphrodite IX debuted as the number one selling comic book in the industry.

Seven years later he began working at Marvel comics. His 15 issues of Ultimate X-Men was an immediate success. With the move to Avengers, David's unique graphic style once again had an immediate impact, doubling sales with the first issue. Re-launched as The New Avengers, it remained the number one selling comic in the United States for over two years. Finch then took on the monumental task of bringing a perennially low-selling, cancelled comic book title back into the mainstream. With his illustrations, Moon Knight skyrocketed into the upper echelons of the Marvel universe.

Currently Finch is collaborating with Los Angles-based, television and film writer and producer Jeph Loeb-whose credits include the television series Lost, Heroes and Smallville-on Marvel's smash-hit Ultimatum. In addition to his career in comics, Finch has worked on video games, and in the music and film industries. He has completed a wide range of projects with Hollywood directors and producers, including Zack Snyder, Giarmo Del Toro, Clive Barker and Michael J. Strazynski. In 2007, one of his illustrations was featured on the cover of the Chicago metal band Disturbed's CD titled Indestructible.

Finch was born in Windsor in 1972 and attended Herman High School. He lives in LaSalle with his wife Meredith Finch and his three sons. In 2009, he received the prestigious Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Award, which is named in honour of Joe Shuster (1914-1992), the Canadian-born, co-creator of Superman.

This exhibition held in conjunction with BookFest Windsor 2009. For more information about BookFest Windsor go to http://www.bookfestwindsor.ca/

Check out David's website at http://www.dfinchartist.com/index.html

For more information about the AGW contact: Nicole McCabe at nmccabe@agw.ca or 519-977-0013 ext. 134.

Art Gallery of Windsor 401 Riverside Drive West Windsor, Ontario N9A 7J1, www.agw.ca