Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan, is excited to announce that we will be attending this year's Comic-Con International! Bill Cox, Chris Haggard, and Colin Solan will be set up in Booth #4400 which is in the Illustrators section of the Hall. We've got nothing fancy planned for the Con but encourage everyone to drop by and say "Hello" and introduce yourself. For all our old friends please drop by as well as this is probably going to be the only Con we get to this year. We're sharing space with both Mark Hay from Splashpage Comic Art and Mike Burkey from

CAF isn't big enough to throw our own after Con parties so if anyone knows of anything fun going on any day after the Show we're always looking for an invite! Hint - hint! Anyone wanting to get together during the Con can email me and we'll try to set something up.

Also, I will be doing my best to post Con updates on my Twitter account ( so if you are so inclined please start following us there. We also intend to do more in depth coverage this year with News posts on CAF but as we've found over the past several years we're having less and less time during the Con to write full reports. Anyone wishing to send us SDCC Con reports during or after the show will get them posted to CAF after we review them.

See you in San Diego!

Bill Cox
CAF Editor-in-Chief


Heritage Auction Galleries ( - Comic Art Featured in This Week's Auction #19073

Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction # 19073

A few sample Lots:

Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia Our Love Story #10 page 6 Original Art (Marvel, 1971).

Joe Kubert and Redondo Studios Tarzan #244 Page Original Art Group (DC, 1975).

Gray Morrow IF Worlds of Science Fiction Vol. 16 #9 Illustration Original Art (Galaxy Publishing, 1965).

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


Hero Initiative Announces SDCC Schedule

Highlights include parties with Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the premiere release of Hero Comics

Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2009) - Hero Initiative travels to the 40th annual San Diego Comic-Con July 22-26 at the San Diego Convention center! Come celebrate with us and help us raise money for our cause. Hero will be at booth #907 all weekend with a great variety of guests, and the weekend is highlighted by three great parties featuring the top names in comics, and the premiere release of Hero Comics!

World-famous storyteller Jim Lee (All-Star Batman and Robin) has graciously agreed to host a cocktail party for five lucky fans benefiting Hero Initiative on Thursday July 23 at 4:15 pm at a four-star hotel located near the convention center.

In addition, the wildly talented Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier) has also agreed to have a few cocktails with five adoring fans on Thursday at 5:45 pm. And each winner gets a brand-new copy of Cooke's latest work, Parker: The Hunter from IDW Publishing!

And last but most certainly not least, the godfather of comics and co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and so many more returns! That's right - Stan Lee will board the yacht on Friday July 24 at 5pm. Five lucky fans will be personally escorted to the yacht to enjoy drinks and chat with the legend himself. In addition, each guest will have the opportunity to participate in a video interview on the yacht broadcast on

To check out and bid on ALL the auctions for admittance to these parties, please visit Hero's eBay store at the following link...

And in collaboration with IDW Publishing, Hero Initiative also proudly premieres the highly anticipated Hero Comics at San Diego!  This 32-page, no ads extravaganza features a bevy of great comic talent, and will be supported by a mega-signing with seven of its creators on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:30-5:30. Hero Comics will be on sale all weekend at the Hero booth, while supplies last.

As always, our amazing line up of guests will be on hand at Hero's booth, #907:

WED., 22 JUL (CON HOURS 600-900 PM)
630-900 PM: Scott "Kaiser" Koblish

THUR., 23 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tim Seeley
1130-130: Dan Jurgens
130-330: Daniel Way
330-530: Hero Comics mega-signing w/Gene Colan, JG Roshell, Richard Starkings, David Lloyd, Bill Willingham, Art Adams, Laura Martin
530-700: Phil Hester

FRI., 24 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1000-1130: Tony Parker
1100-1200: Chris Bachalo
130-330: Ron Marz + Stjepan Sejic
230-330: Mark Waid

SAT., 25 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-700 PM)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-330: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
330-530: Jim Valentino
530-700: Ken Lashley

SUN., 26 JUL (CON HOURS 930 AM-500 PM)
1000-1130: Kaare Andrews (of Hero Comics)
1130-130: Josh Middleton
130-230: Jimmy Palmiotti

Premium Member of the Week :: Brian Boggs

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.


Well, I live in what is known as Downriver Michigan.  It's a stretch of cities that run south of Detroit and near the Detroit River.  I have a wife, two daughters, and one grandson.  I am a chief engineer in charge of facility maintenance for a large regional headquarters office building in Dearborn.  I've spent half my life golfing and the other half I've wasted... in other words, I'm a golf nut... which doesn't mean I'm good, just a nut.  I have even golfed the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland; beautiful people and country.   And I have a couple of performance / collector Ford Mustangs that I drive and show.  Oh, I have to mention my other girls also... we have six pet female rats, I'm kinda like a Willard-type.  The rats are breeds, smart, loving, know their names... just great pets... to know them is to love them.



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


People who check out my gallery and see Wrightsons, Kalutas, Romitas, etc. are going to be shocked when I tell them that my favorite piece of art is my Tony Daniel Adrenalyn versus the Red Skull commission.  I asked Tony to put these two characters together and to not be cutesy. I wanted a confrontation scene between Russia and Nazi Germany. I wanted German Lugers and Cosmic Cubes and Nazi flags and lots of menace. Tony's work was better than I could have possibly envisioned and I've gathered that he too was very pleased with the way this commission turned out.



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


I've been collecting comic art ever since the 1985 Chicago Comic Con when I met my favorite artist, Berni Wrightson and picked up a Revoltin' Rhyme page from him.  I collected comics as a kid in the early 60s and like so many, felt I was too old for them as a teenage and gave them all away.  In the late 70s I happened to be in a book store and saw an issue of Red Sonja... wow, what a redhead!! and I sure didn't remember comics being quite like that in the old days so the collecting fires were re-lit and I've been into comics ever since.



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


I only collect what I really, really like and only sell pages to acquire bigger fish that I like even more. That being said, I display everything everywhere I can and all framed and matted so I can constantly see and enjoy them.



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


1. Barry Windsor-Smith Conan page


2. Frank Thorne Red Sonja page


3. Mike Mignola Hellboy cover or nice page


4. Berni Wrightson commission (I dropped ten million in pennies into wishing wells over the last 25's not working)


5. Berni Wrightson Clarice page from his Warren days    

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