Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Since August 2009 17-year-old Matthew Hodge has lain in a coma following a terrible car accident. Friends and colleagues of his father, animator Tim Hodge, have formed Help the Hodges in an effort to assist with rising medical costs. Beginning today a huge amount of incredible items will be auctioned off on eBay, all of which have been contributed by some of the best in animation and comics including Stan Lee, Pete Docter, Matt Groening, Tim Sale, Brad Bird, Tom Bancroft, Stan Sakai, John Lasseter, Bill Morrison, and many, many more. For a full list of the original art, posters, DVDs, and other items up for auction please check out their website.

If you are a professional artist and would like to donate some artwork, or should you have any questions, please contact Auction Coordinator Chad Frye.

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #110014

A Few Sample Lots:

Sal Buscema and Jim Mooney The Avengers #88 page 17 Original Art (Marvel, 1971)

Gene Colan and Tom Palmer Doctor Strange #14 page 27 Original Art (Marvel, 1976)

Don Stivers Security Surgeon Paperback Cover Original Art (Dell, 1970)

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


Help The Victims of the Haitian Earthquake!

Heroes 4 Haiti is a grassroots movement of artists seeking to raise money for organizations helping victims of the recent Haitian earthquake. Heroes 4 Haiti is not an organization, it's a collective response to human tragedy.

Contributing Artists Include:

Dave McKean, Dean Haspiel, Greg Pak, John Cebollero, Mike Cavallaro, Ben Templesmith, Josh Neufeld, and Ross Campbell.

Premium Member of the Week :: William J. Costello

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a technical manager (Certified Public Accountant and Master of Science in Taxation) at a not-for-profit based out of the New York area. I’ve been involved in accounting, in some capacity, since I graduated from college 29 years ago.

2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery?

If I had to choose one, I would say the Batman #207 interior art (Irving Novick and Joe Giella) from 1968. That was one of the first comic stories I remember from that period that really stuck with me over the years. I think I still have the original comic book my father bought me in 1968.

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

I used to see original art occasionally at some local comic conventions in Connecticut during the 1980s and I would purchase page art once in a while. During the 1990s I met a fellow collector (we’ve become good friends since then) who knew a lot more about original comic art than I did and through him I met some other art collectors and comic art dealers, and stepped up my art collecting a little –though not much- more. 

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

Many are stored in individual 4 mil Mylar bags for comic art. There are a few covers I have custom-framed in my home office.

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

Hmmm... that’s a tough one. I’ve never actually asked an artist for a commission (I’m not sure what I’d even ask for.) I like a number of different artists – here’s a few that come to mind:
(1) Kevin Nowlan – I have Kevin’s Superman #622 cover art framed in my office. I’ve always liked that run of Superman covers he did for that period.

(2) Jerry Ordway – In my mind, he's a classic superhero office.  The pained covers he did for The Power of Shazam series in the 1990s were wonderful.
(3) Steve Rude – To this day, Nexus remains one of my all time favorite series. I’ve been with the series since it started in 1981.
(4) Adam Hughes – Unlike some other collectors, I really like some of the Star Wars art he’s done. I’ve two pencil art figures he did for one of the Star Wars games, and the detail in the pencil work is amazing.

For original pages, I’ve always wanted some pages from the Brave and Bold story in issue #182 (Interlude on Earth Two), one of my favorite Batman stories.



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