Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Currently on display at the Museum of American Illustration is the Spectrum exhibit with an opening scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2009. Founded in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.

The Spectrum exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. For more details click here...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Michael Berry Cheering Section Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 1-8-56 (1956) 

Arthur Sarnoff Pin-up on Pillows Painting Original Art (1993) 

James R. Bingham Saturday Evening Post Illustration "Case of the Footloose Doll" (Curtis Publishing, 1958) 

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Premium Member of the Week :: The AvengersFan
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 44 years old and lucky to be married to a beautiful and fun wife who is also my best friend. We have two children, a girl aged six and my son aged eight. My wife is extremely tolerant of my comic art addiction to the point of actually being able to tell when there is a new page that I have my eye on. My eight year old son just attended his first comic convention with me at the Chicago Comicon and we were lucky enough to be able to meet and talk to George Perez who is my comic hero. In my real life I am a pharmacist, and have been working for 21 years for a large national retail chain. My other hobbies are taking Tae Kwon Do lessons with my two kids and reading just about anything science fiction or science fact related.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite page is the splash page to Avengers #147. The Avengers was my favorite comic as a kid, and the very first comic I ever bought was Avengers #147 by Perez. It took me almost ten years of collecting to finally find the splash page to that issue. It is just too cool to be able to look at it everyday and think that I actually own the splash to my first comic.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting comic art seriously since about 2000. I had bought a couple pages in the mid 1990s but never really got the bug. Once I realized that ebay was such an easy source of comic art I began to get hooked. That lead to the auction houses, the dealers and finally trading with other collectors. I have met some nice people and made a few "email pals" over the years and really do enjoy the hobby. I quickly limited myself to only buying Avengers art to try to stay focused on one theme and build a nice collection around that theme. My golden years of comic buying were the mid to late 70s when Perez, John Byrne, and the Buscema brothers were the fan favorites, at least for me. Like most addicts I have attempted to quit several times only to relapse when the next cool page became available.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have 11 frames in my home office that I rotate with different pages every few months or so. The rest is stored in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I have met many of my collecting goals already but there are always new pages popping up that I feel the urge to buy. Here are a few:
- a nice Neal Adams Avengers page.
- the cover to Avengers #150 ( very memorable)
-John Buscema pre issue #100 Avengers splash
-interiors to Avengers #92  (Sal Buscema art- trying to complete the issue-only need a few pages)
-any cool Avengers splash page

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