Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Next weekend, on Saturday October 17th, Darwyn Cooke offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a master. In conjunction with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, Cooke leads a one-day seminar in which he will discuss his creative technique and conduct portfolio reviews. If you have the means, I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. Between signings, commissions, and panels, Cooke almost never has the time to critique other artists' work at conventions. This is an amazing chance to recieve constructive criticism from one of the foremost artists in the field. Space is extremely limited so act quickly. More details here...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


Heritage Auctions - Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #19102

A Few Sample Lots:

Frank Bolle The Phantom #65 Page Original Art Group (Charlton, 1975).... (Total: 11 Items)

Howard Chandler Christy (attributed) Snowy Landscape Painting Original Art (undated)

Robert Berran Paperback Cover Original Art (undated)
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...

The Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that WALT & LOUISE SIMONSON are joining us at the Back Bay Events Center on October 24-25, 2009! Walt Simonson is no stranger to New England having studied geology at Amherst College and then transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design where he created the comic Star Slammers as his senior thesis. Walt is best known for his groundbreaking work on The Mighty Thor where he created the alien warrior Beta Ray Bill. His artwork has also graced the pages of Star Wars, Fantastic Four, Detective Comics, and X-Factor which he co-created with Louise. Walt is well-renowned for his writing and participated in this summer’s Wednesday Comics project in which he penned the Catwoman strip.
Louise “Weezie” Simonson began her career in comics on the editorial side at Warren Publishing and later Marvel where she made the switch to writing full-time. She has scripted many titles including New Mutants, Superman: Man of Steel, and Magnus Robot Fighter, and co-created popular characters like Steel, Cable, and Apocalypse. Louise also has to her credit the creation of the superhero teams Power Pack with artist June Brigman and X-Factor with her husband Walt.

Also appearing are Tim Sale, Cliff Chiang, Herb Trimpe, Geof Darrow, Stephane Roux, Eric Canete, David Mack, Mike McKone, Khoi Pham, Craig Rousseau, Scott Wegener, Jim Calafiore, Sean Wang, Tak Toyoshima, Rob Stull, Bob Almond, and many more!!
Boston Comic Con is very proud to bring these icons of the comic book world to meet their New England fans. Tell your friends!!
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control Bill Sienkiewicz has had to postpone his appearance until the next Boston Comic Con.
The Boston Comic Con is in its third year of producing comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 13,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10 each day. Children 10 and under are free. For more information please go to

Premium Member of the Week :: Ken Z

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Who am I? Well, I picture my self standing up in front of a bunch of other guys and saying, "Hello, my name is Ken Zenuk, and I'm an art-o-holic".  I just turned 48 and became a Grandfather but I'm still a big kid at heart!  Like others, I've had collections and then sold them and had them again and so the cycle continues. This time around I've been trying to get something from all the great artists that I grew up with. Along the way I've gotten very side tracked with all the new artists and have had great fun commissioning and trying new art. It's not easy staying on track with collecting when there's so much to choose from! I guess that's all part of the fun of collecting.

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

My favorite piece, WOW, you want me to choose one of my kids over the others! If I had to choose one piece that I own, it would have to be my Spartacus cover. I loved the movie! I think I got pretty lucky landing that piece with the help of Jane Frank over at Worlds of Wonder Art. I had just bought a Clifton Dey piece from her and I had missed the mail so I had to pick the package up at the post office. Being a big kid, I could not wait to open it so I opened it sitting there in my car and she had also sent me her newest catalog. So after gazing at my new piece, I then looked at the new catalog and there it was! I could not get my credit card out fast enough and was calling her from inside my car to make sure that I got that painting! I think I had that framed inside of a week and that hangs in my dinning room.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

How long have I been collecting art? Well, I originally started in high school but this time around, I started again in 1999 after moving to California. I've been reading and collecting comics for most of my life and have been infatuated with the art work all along. I used to read anything I could get my hands on and used to love just looking at the art. I've collected art books since I was in junior high and so I've always wanted to own originals. I grew up reading Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs and loved both the cover art and the interior pieces that graced the pages. Even though I loved reading Superman, Batman, and even the Rawhide Kid, I always loved the stories about people like Tarzan and all the barbarians with swords and sorcery. Barbarians had no super powers, they just relied on there skill and brains to overcome there adversaries. That's why you'll find so much Conan and Red Sonja art in my gallery. I had other collections but life does not always go as planned and so here I am trying again.  The greatest thing that ever happened was being introduced to this site! I've met so many other collectors and with the same taste and monkey on there backs that I have found pieces that I don't think I would have ever known even existed let alone where they were! Thanks again to Bill Cox for bringing us all together!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

Storing art has been interesting. I have 74 framed pieces hanging in the house and the rest of the art is stored in Itoya art portfolio's in my office. I would hang more art but when I got remarried, my wife staked a claim to the kitchen and the bedroom and so I lost some wall space. Every now and then I try to get a little wall from her and it's a good thing that she hates the UFC otherwise, I think she'd put a rear naked choke on me and that would be it! 
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?

The top 5 pages or commissions?
1) Frank Frazetta's "The Death Dealer"
2) Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein cover/interior art "I shall be with you on your wedding night." That piece is just crazy!
3) Joe Jusko's Savage Sword of Conan cover #143; Always have loved Joe's take on Conan!
4) Brian Bolland's cover to The Killing Joke
5) Nestor Redondo's cover to Savage Sword of Conan #52 where Conan became King

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