Monday, June 1, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This weekend is the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's (MoCCA) annual ArtFest in Manhattan. Having moved from the historic Puck Buildling to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington, this year's show shold be a lot more accomodating to the crowds which have grown steadily over the past several years.Sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend is the David Mazzucchelli retrospective opening. I highly recommend this show to any sketchhounds who want to score some great art by indie greats and undiscovered artists.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #19061

A few sample Lots:
Todd McFarlane Spider-Man #12 page 5 Original Art (Marvel, 1991).

John Byrne Space: 1999 #5 page 5 Original Art (Charlton, 1976).

Joe Staton Showcase #94 Doom Patrol Splash page 1 Original Art (DC, 1977).

Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


Do you have an eye for design? If you’re an aspiring graphic designer or just someone who loves being creative, the 2009 Design Scholarship Challenge sponsored by Brooks Institute, Brown College, Collins College, Harrington College of Design and the International Academy of Design & Technology along with DC Comics is your chance.

Design a print and online ad for the Absolute Justice graphic novel, full of some of your favorite DC Comics characters. Local winners receive $5,000 scholarship at one of the sponsoring schools and a trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to present design ideas to a panel of judges. The national winner receives an additional $20,000 scholarship and the opportunity to work with DC Comics on an upcoming marketing campaign.

The contest is for eligible participants graduating from high school (or GED) between January 1, 2006 and August 31, 2010. Click here to download an application and for full rules and eligibility requirements. No purchase necessary and void where prohibited.

What are you waiting for? Enter today! (Deadline is June 8, 2009)

Premium Member of the Week :: Malcolm Bourne
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a father of one, Daniel (16), and getting married to my fiancée Maria in May next year. I work as a Child Psychiatrist in the NHS - that's socialised medicine - in England, where I live outside Manchester (home of the greatest football team in the world, Manchester United!), and also for the courts advising on child care cases. I also do some writing both in comics, where I work in Special Projects at Desperado Publishing, and elsewhere, currently working on a biography of my stepfather, who is an eminent opera and music critic and writer.

2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?

It's tough to choose just one, but my favourite piece is "Once Every Nine Years", the Fairy Market piece by Charles Vess, which hangs in pride of place above my mantelpiece. It's my favourite for a couple of reasons; as a collector and admirer of art, I am just stunned by the scope and artistry of the piece, by one of my favourite artists and one of the best in the business. And although it was not painted specifically for me - it was done for the new printing of Stardust - Charles gave me first refusal on it, even though I couldn't pay for it at the time. So the fact it was done by a good friend and that he gave me that privilege adds a personal nuance to the piece. Mark Schultz's portrait of Maria and Charles' commission for me of the Faery Lovers, on which my own cats appear, are close seconds!

3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

In 1984 I met and got to know my first "comics pro", who as it turned out lived only a mile or so from where I lived in London at the time - John Bolton. He invited me to his house and I was transfixed by the craft and technique, the skill and hard work that clearly went into his art, of which I was already a big fan. A little while later he did me a nice little commission, and I was hooked. For quite a few years I simply occasionally approached artists at cons or sketches but gradually, as I acquired an income, started buying pieces too.

4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

My favourite pieces are framed and hung on the wall. The rest are in Itoyas at easy rich on bookshelves, or inscribed into books, or sketchbooks, also on the shelves.

5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?

I have been lucky, or fortunate, enough to obtain many of my most wanted commissions and I usually go for commissions over published pieces; but given five more to aim at (from living artists!) I would love pieces of my choosing from Brian Bolland; JG Jones; Jon Muth (I would love that original nude splash from Moonshadow that I think Eric Delos Santos has); Dave McKean; and Mark Buckingham.

A couple of which are in the pipeline!!!

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