Denise McDonald Dorman

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Why is Denise Posting Press Releases About The Devil’s Candy Store?

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2009 at 5:26 am

Dear Readers,
Normally when I post items, they are about my clients. The Devil’s Candy Store falls into two categories – I am a co-founder of this company, and I do their publicity/marketing. What is The Devil’s Candy Store, or for the sake of brevity, TDCS? TDCS is a design studio where we creative “Exotic Contraband from Impossible Worlds.” This means we develop collectibles for discerning collectors in the sci-fi, fantasy and horror worlds. Our guiding mantra is to “Do Cool Things with Cool PEOPLE.” TDCS is a group of the most amazing fine artists, concept artists, writers, and creatives – all Diablos in their own unique ways. Most of us can be found yearly at San Diego Comic-Con, if you’d like to observe use diablos behaving in our own wacky habitat. Dive in – the water’s fine!

–Devilishly yours,
Deviled Ham Denise

The Devil’s Candy Store Adds Jason Felix

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2009 at 5:08 am

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2009

Chicago, IL & San Francisco, CA— The Devil’s Candy Store (TDCS) founders Charlie Athanas and Denise Dorman are pleased to announce the addition of renowned digital artist, Jason Felix, to their design studio. Felix has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, working in comics, book covers, videogame projects and film.

Said Felix, “It’s a privilege to be within a collective of artists in which each person brings to the table a unique look and original ideas.” Athanas added, “Jason’s vast talents bring a personality and edge that infuses the world-building capabilities of the studio with a strong 21st century sensibility.”

TDCS formed in 2007 to create a virtual design studio intent on developing “Exotic Contraband from Impossible Worlds” for fans in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy markets. To date, the high-end collectibles they’ve developed include a one-of-a-kind, gold-plated and bejeweled “Madame Isis” vampire-killing sword based on NY Times best-selling author L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress novels, and a concept art book based on the same 12-volume series.

TDCS artist, Craig Elliott, was honored with a Spectrum Gold Award (art direction by Charlie Athanas) for his painting in the TDCS concept art book, “Exotic Contraband: L.A. Banks’ The Vampire Huntress Legend”, launched at San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

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The Devil’s Candy Store’s Vampire Killing Art Wins Gold at Spectrum

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2009 at 5:05 am

TDCS Artists Prominent in Illustration World’s Annual “Bible”

Chicago, IL – April 16, 2009 – The Devil’s Candy Store (TDCS) is pleased to announce their artist Craig Elliott won a Gold Award for Editorial Illustration in Spectrum’s 16th annual yearbook for his concept art of NY Times best-selling author L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress character, Damali Richards. The art was created for The Devil’s Candy Store concept art book, “Exotic Contraband: L.A. Banks: The Vampire Huntress Legend,” which the TDCS launched during the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con. The Devil’s Candy Store artist Jon Foster also won a Gold Award in the category of Comics for his work on a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” #14 cover for Dark Horse Comics.

Craig Elliott, who has created art for films ranging from “The Enchanted” to “Bee Movie” and “Shrek,” also designed Damali Richard’s inspired jewelry for TDCS. Said Elliott, “I am enormously honored to be the winner of this much-coveted award. I also want to thank The Devil’s Candy Store art director Charlie Athanas, whose counsel influenced the finished piece.”

Stated Spectrum 16 Judge Dave Dorman, “Spectrum is the Bible of the illustration world.” The Spectrum annual, which Tor art director and Spectrum Advisory Board Member Irene Gallo calls “the most anticipated art annual in the genre,” launched in 1993 to provide high quality, fantastic-themed art work with a publication to showcase the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year. Spectrum is sold in the mass market through all the major bookstores. Copies are also sent to many art directors and publishers to maximize exposure for the artists featured in the book.

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About The Devil’s Candy Store
Founded in 2007 by WildClaw Theatre’s Charlie Athanas and Denise Dorman, The Devil’s Candy Store is a virtual design studio dedicated to creating “exotic contraband from impossible worlds,” including sought after high-end collectibles for discerning collectors. The studio boasts the top artists in the contemporary art world, including but not limited to Jason Felix, Dave Dorman, Stephan Martiniere, Donato Giancola, Ray Frenden, Ken Steacy, Tom Baxa, Michael Kaluta, Pamelina H., Peter Bergting, Jon Foster, Craig Elliott, Christopher Moeller, John vanFleet, Scott Hampton, Alex Wald and Cyril Van Der Haegen.