Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

CAF member Mike White has amassed a large collection of pieces donated to the Bridgewater Policeman’s Benevolent Association #174. Over 120 pieces of original artwork have been collected already, with approximately another 30-60 additional pieces to be added. All proceeds from the auction will be used to fund various charitable causes throughout the year.

The auction will be held in early 2010, for more information check the Bridgewater PBA website. To preview the art, check out Mike's gallery. And if you are an artist who would like to contribute, please contact Mike via the following email:

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


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Kurt Schaffenberger and Tex Blaisdell Action Comics #474 page 1 Original Art (DC, 1977)

Greg and Tim Hildebrandt Twin Towers Tribute Preliminary Illustration Original Art (undated)

Dick Ayers and Romeo Tanghal Jonah Hex #37 Splash page 1 Original Art (DC, 1980)

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Secret Asian Man Original Art Available for the First Time at Boston Comic Con

Tak Toyoshima, creator of Secret Asian Man, announced on his website that he is selling his original art for the first time ever at Boston Comic Con:

After a loooong time not doing comic shows (besides the Asian American Comic Con a couple months back) I'll be at the Boston Comic Con on October 24-25. The folks that throw this show have really stepped up the talent that they bring. The guest list includes: Geof Darrow, Tim Sale, Walt Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Khoi Pham, Cliff Chiang, and David Mack just to name a few. I may end up spending more time on line meeting some of these artists than at my table!

I'm also going to finally start selling off original Secret Asian Man strip artwork, dailies and Sundays, at the show. If you are in the New England area, swing by and meet a bunch of high caliber talent. If you live in Boston, you have no excuse. If you've never been to a comic show, this a a great one to start with.

Premium Member of the Week :: robert frey

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Robert Frey. I am a 44 year-old Computer Programmer/Analyst for a large Vitamin Manufacturer here in New York. I am not married; if I was I doubt I could afford buying the art I collect. I am the proud uncle to my brother's two young children. I am a sports junkie; I still play softball and basketball and I even bowl a little. I also love music; I am going to both of the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary shows at Madison Square Garden next month and am very excited about that.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I don't know if I really have a favorite piece of art. Most of my gallery revolves around 1970s Marvel books that I used to get via subscription, that was primarily Captain America and the Avengers. As you can see, the love for those characters and stories has carried over for 30+ years now.  Still, if I was pressed to choose one, I would choose the Avengers Annual #6 splash. It has many of my favorite characters on it, a cool storyline (return of Wonder Man!)  and I think that this is about when George Perez really began to hit his stride on the book. He remains one of my favorite artists to this day.  

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

I have been buying art now for about 11 years or so. I used to go to the Saint Paul comic book shows here in New York City. At the time, I used to just buy comic books at that show but I would always see Albert Moy and Anthony Snyder there and peruse their stuff. Man, the art I could have had!  After a while, it became a regular habit and I was spending more time looking at art at their tables than I was looking for some silver age back issues. Anyway, one day I weakened and took the plunge, buying a George Perez UltraForce/Avengers page from Albert and it was all over after that. The best thing about collecting original art is having met some mighty fine people and making lots of friends (you all know who you are!) and talking shop about the books and stories and artists.

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

Most of my art is in Mylar in portfolios. There are about 15 pieces that are framed and on the walls in either my bedroom or the office. I'd frame more but it is expensive to frame something properly and frankly, I am too lazy to learn how to do it myself!

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

In no particular order:
1) Bronze Age Jack Kirby cover with a good image of Captain America on it.
2) A first run George Perez Avengers cover
3) A Jim Steranko Captain America page
4) A really good Neal Adams Avengers or X-Men page.
5) A good Barry Windsor-Smith piece, whether it be from his Gorblimey Press days or another Avengers or Conan page.

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