Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This certainly has been a great week in comics. Between the opening of the LitGraphic exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum and Publishers Weekly holding a panel heralding comics and graphic novels as the "future of publishing," the medium certainly is making significant strides towards mainstream acceptance. Plus, Kevin O'Neill is touring the US promoting the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume; The Black Dossier. And, of course, lots of folks from all over will be getting some original art and sketches at the National Con in New York City, Wizard World Texas, and the Salon International de la Bande Dessinee in Pasino de Saint-Armand, France. Those of you lucky enough to attend, make sure you post it on Comic Art Fans to show it off to the world and make the rest of us green with envy. 

See you next week.

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Premium Member of the Week :: Tim F

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I am a computer security analyst that got into comics later in life (end of college). My collection tastes have changed a little over time (more towards commissions and expensive pieces), but I have always like to collect Tomb Raider, Blue Beetle/Booster Gold, and a few other characters in particular. Otherwise, I went to the College of William and Mary (Political Science/Computer Science) for undergrad and George Washington University for my masters (Computer Science). I enjoy tennis, ultimate frisbee, random sports, Xbox 360, movies and sci-fi/fantasy novels.

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

My favorite piece would have to be my Tomb Raider #0 cover painting by Joe Jusko. It is just such an awesome, realistic, detailed painting with a great depiction of Lara. In person the textures are amazing, and it is my first grail.

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

I've been collecting about three years, and I got prompted mostly from running across people on other forums and seeing things offered on eBay. Once I started it was hard to stop. My wife has been gracious enough to let me use our money to support my habit...

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

Much of my art is in Itoya portfolios. I have a couple pieces (like the Jusko one) nicely framed, and a number of others in those Frameitagainsam frames that work nicely for allowing me to switch the pieces off the wall. My wife has a few pieces (mostly Serenity/Firefly) themed in the basement, and the rest are in my computer room.

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

That's a tough question. I guess I really want...

1) That Hughes JLI cover of Booster, Beetle, and Fire at Kooey Kooey Kooey.
2) Mister Miracle #7 cover (with Booster + Beetle).
3) A Jay Anacleto commission (which I'm on the wait list for now)
4) Nice painting by Larry Elmore, Luis Royo, Steve Crisp, etc
5) I suppose someday I need a nice piece by Kirby or Eisner or one of those guys.

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