I don't know how active Bama is today, but he had a significant second act after his commercial art career.Does Bama still do work? I know he was big 40 years ago.
Well, that would indeed be a real dream come true. But I'm afraid I have to share some rather distressing news.I know I ask alot of dumb questions, but has Moebius ever considered commissioning James Bama to do the box art for one of the upcoming Classic Monsters Kits?
Very sorry to hear that. Mr. Bama is in his 80s now and advancing age often plays some very cruel tricks.Well, that would indeed be a real dream come true. But I'm afraid I have to share some rather distressing news.
Several months ago I had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Bama (or "Jim," as he insisted), and he told me that he is now having sight problems, now classified, in fact, as legally blind. That certainly doesn't mean he can't see, but rendering details at this point is quite another matter. In fact, he told me that as a result, he wound up storing all pending works in his basement.
One of my questions to him, in fact, would have dealt with a possible come back. But I stopped short of asking it when described this situation. He is quite a guy, to say the least.
Actually, from what he told me, he can still read, although with difficulty. Unfortunately, rendering fine details of the type that became his trademark is a different story. Apparently, "legally blind" is not quite what most people imagine.So if Moebius does a model kit of any Jackson Pollock paintings, Bama's your man!
Admittedly, that was in bad taste, but he won't be able to read this anyway.
In all seriousness, this news really sucks, and I feel for him and his family.