The following is a
good-natured, tongue-in-cheek appreciation written by a good friend
for the convention program of ConStellation XVIII: Lupus (Oct. 29-31, 1999), at which
Charles was Artist Guest of Honor.
Charles Keegan : Wild (Haired)
Man with a Brush
By Hank Reinhardt
I met Charles many
years ago when he came up to Museum Replicas office to do some illustrations for our
catalog. I was immediately taken with his artwork, as it reminded me of my favorite Roy
Krenkel, with a dash of Frazetta (not surprising, since Frazetta studied with Krenkel, and
Charles really likes Krenkel and Frazetta
). Over a period of time, Charles
work has improved tremendously and I like it more and more. He does have one problem as
most of his heros have entirely too much hair. Now, if he or his heros wish to waste their
hormones on hair, thats their prerogative. I, personally, have much better things to
do with mine. His, of course, would really look good on the head of a lance
I have discussed
this with him, but he had a negative attitude. I think this is selfish, as I did not want
the whole scalp, but merely a five-inch square section. These youngsters today are so
inconsiderate! However, should an accident occur
[To completely appreciate the above inside joke,
you need to know that Hank is completely bald and Charles has a beautiful head of dark,
curly hair which falls to halfway down his back.....Heather]
A few years ago I
was asked to choreograph a duel with sword and shield for the Discovery Channel. I
immediately thought of two people who were both quite ugly, and would look good fighting:
Charles and Paul (I thought my own delicate beauty would provide an interesting contrast
on screen). My choice was excellent, as they produced a really superb fight.
Unfortunately, their features were such that they could only show them occasionally, as
this was a family show. However, they did show much of mine.
Charles has since
spent time sparring with me and my friends, fighting with sword and dagger, sword and
shield, and knife. All of us, of course, are quite considerate and try not to hit his
hands and damage them. We have no problems hitting him in the face, because you certainly
couldnt damage that anymore.
I feel it only
fair that I should mention the delightful Heather. This is a woman of amazing endurance
and fortitude. She listens with a quiet smile on her face, while Charles expounds at
length on various subjects. It was only after seeing her several times that I noted the
earplugs. I have fervently preached to Charles to not get her glasses, as they make a nice
couple and I dont want her to see what he really looks like.
But in regards to
his artwork, I personally think he is one of the best out there today. And for the
artistic depiction of mayhem, like I prefer, featuring bloody sword and axe, he is the
best. I would have asked him about the location of some of his female models, but Toni
wouldnt let me. I wisely did not pursue the subject, lest he get a new model for a
victim of bloody sword and axe, namely me.
I look forward to
a much longer association with Charles, as I really enjoy his company and his artwork. His
artwork is so good that I even put up with his talk! But I will tell one tale on him. We
were lopping down saplings that I wanted to clear from my backyard. I found a particularly
large one and handed Charles a sword forged by a very close friend. Charles thought the
tree was too big and that it would damage the sword. But I assured him that Jimmy Fikes
greatly desired for his swords to be damaged. Whereupon he delivered a mighty blow and cut
the sapling completely in half. The look on his face was shocked surprise and sheer
delight and a certain amount of gleeful laughter as the sapling hit me in the head. Such
is the lot of revered mentors.