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Buddy Scalera is about to give professional illustrators something to cheer about. The comic book writer (Deadpool, Richie Rich) and photographer has shot 1,200 pictures to utilize as photo reference in drawing superheroes. Collected in his new book, “Comic & Fantasy Artist’s Photo Reference: Colossal Collection of Action Poses,” which arrives September 26, 2011 in bookstores and online.

A 320-page oversize trade paperback being published by IMPACT Books, the book collects the best of Scalera’s hard-to-find pose-file and adds dozens of brand new pictures and art tutorials. “Colossal Collection” is Scalera’s fifth educational book and the second book from Scalera shipping in 2011. Scalera’s “Creating Comics from Start to Finish,” shipped in May 2011.


The “Colossal Collection” features a best-of style group of anatomy poses from Scalera’s first three photo books, which include: Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses (2006), Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Women & Girls (2008), and Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Men & Boys (2008). The pose file book boasts an all-new cover by fan favorite artist Amanda Conner (Power Girl, Black Cat, Vampirella) and Paul Mounts (Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Ultimates).

Exclusive new photographs include poses from fashion designer Ridada Elias ( and actress Zoe Labella. Scalera also includes never-before-seen photographs that were shot for the original books, but were not included due to space. And, the book features brand new art lessons from Michael Avon Oeming (Powers) and Thom Zahler (Love & Capes).

Also included are classic art lessons from Mitchell Breitweiser (Captain America), Sean Chen (Wolverine), Paul Chadwick (Concrete), David Hahn (Spider-Man), Matt Haley (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Superman), Josh Howard (Dead@17), JG Jones (Wanted), Rafael Kayanan (Conan), Mike Lilly (Batman), Greg Land (X-Men), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Fernando Ruiz (Archie), William Tucci (Shi), and Mark Smylie (Archaia).

Buddy Scalera is a comic book writer, editor and photographer. He is the author of the popular Comic Artist’s Photo Reference book series for IMPACT Books, and he is also known for his best-selling series of photography CD-ROMs, Visual Reference for Comic Artists. Buddy has written for many mainstream comics, including Marvel Comics’ Deadpool, Agent X and X-Men Unlimited, and he also contributed to Marvel’s all-ages series Lockjaw and The Pet Avengers. On the indie side, he has written many comics including Richie Rich and Elvira. As a comic book educator, Buddy has hosted and organized workshops and panels at major conventions in locations including New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Long Beach, and Philadelphia.

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  1. August 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    Is the guy on the front cover holding two guns, one of which we can’t see? Or is he utilizing one of the fabled Escher rifles?

    • Inkhorn
      August 18, 2011 at 8:38 am — Reply

      I can’t stop laughing… Escher rifles. If that is not a thing it should be.

  2. August 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    I rather like the idea of an Escher Rifle. Let’s just say it’s that. :)

    Buddy Scalera

  3. August 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    Definitely an optical illusion thing going on here. the arms appear to be locked straight ahead, but both hands are holding the same gun.

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