Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dear Comic Art Fans Member,
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the Hero Initiative's auctions for a rare chance to grab lunch with industry legend, "Jazzy" John Romita! So anyone with a little extra cash to spend and a free afternoon in Manhattan between November 27-30 should definitely take a shot at this wonderful opportunity to hobnob with a Hero.
See you next week!

Announcements Launches As Fan-fun Comic and Collectibles Site

Think you know your comics and comic art? It's time to prove it, and if you can, you can win great prizes and help comic artists all at the same time! has launched as a new interactive site that's both fun and informational for comic collectors as well as other collectibles niches. In a "Price is Right" style format, you can guess what the closing price will be on select Internet auctions, and get both bragging rights as the Bid Kahuna AND win great prizes. And best of all, there's NO charge at all to play, and simply by participating in the current Featured Comics Challenge, you'll be helping out The Hero Initiative, the charity that helps older comic creators in medical or financial need.

Just truck over to and register for an account. Once you've signed in, proceed to the Comics page on the site and submit your guess to the Featured Challenge. Links are provided to research other similar auctions before placing your guess, so you can arm yourself with the best info available. Full rules for determining winners are posted on the site, so be sure to review them while you're there. Challenges are sponsored by Bill Cox of, and hosted by To kick things off, the first BidKahuna winner will receive a massive prize package consisting of:

  • A 14" x 17" Itoya art portfolio
  • A John Constantine drawing donated by famed Hellblazer and V For Vendetta artist David Lloyd to the Hero Initiative
  • A $50 Gift certificate for use at
  • A $100 gift certificate for use at
  • A free grading voucher from CGC Comics (, for one comic of fair retail value $1000 or less, a $49.95 value! (Shipping and handling of the book at winner's expense.)

This entire prize package is valued at over $350!

Premium Member of the Week :: Alex Gonzalez
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
There's nothing too interesting to tell really :)........I'm 30 years old and live in Hudson County, New Jersey. I own my own business and I'm always pretty busy. I've been collecting comics since I was a kid and have also dabbled in statues and toys in the past.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?  
Ask any collector and its probably hard for them to pick just one favorite but the one that always comes to mind is my Lee Bermejo Marvel piece. Bermejo is so talented and this piece really shows off his skills. I was so use to seeing him do Batman and Superman that when the opportunity came along to own a piece by him with some of my favorite Marvel characters I couldn't pass it up. All that and its 5 pages long! It's the only piece I've ended up framing and displaying.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Ive been collecting comic art for about 4 or 5 years now. I got into it by accident actually. I had been into comic books since I was a kid but didn't really know anything about original art or collecting it. One day I was reading a Wizard issue and they had a blurb somewhere about Jim Lee art and Albert Moy being his rep who sold it. I thought cool and went to the site to check it out; Jim Lee is one of my favorite artists. I was amazed by the pieces and that I could actually have one. I bought one or two pieces thinking I'd just have these to hang up and that's it, I wouldn't buy anymore. I was wrong obviously.
4. How do you store and/or showcase your collection at home?
I only have one piece hanging like I mentioned before. I bag and board all my art and put it in a flat storage file cabinet.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I don't think there is one specific page or cover off the top of my head that I can say that I definitely want. I'd love to get into trying to collect older Marvel covers; Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America. I'd really like some prime examples of work from a few artists though; Arthur Adams, Travis Charest, Adam Hughes, Todd McFarlane, John Romita Sr.

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