Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dear Comic Art Fan,

For everyone who got burned the other week when eBay unexpectedly shut down the Help the Hodges auction, fear not! The auction resumes this Saturday, February 27th. This is a second chance to bid on several items including many from the Oscar-nominated animated films UP, Coraline, and The Princess & the Frog. Furthermore, it has been announced that the auction has been extended once again with more items being going up on March 4th and 11th. Best of luck, bidders!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auction ( -Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #110024

A Few Sample Lots:

John Buscema Marvel Comics Presents #45 page 2 Original Art (Marvel, 1990)

Tim Hildebrandt Wizard of Oz Theme Park Concept Painting Original Art (undated)

Sergio Aragones Mad #233 Complete 1-page Story "Missile Alert" Original Art (EC, 1982)

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


Do you have what it takes to draw for DC Comics? Since its inception, attendees of the Boston Comic Con have asked the promoters to get editors from the big leagues to conduct portfolio reviews. This year’s convention, on April 10-11, Boston Comic Con delivers: Art Director of DC Comics, Mark Chiarello, will be on hand to do a limited number of art reviews!

A widely respected artist in his own right, Chiarello has worked for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Topps, Disney, and more. His work includes Batman/Houdini: The Devil’s Workshop, Star Wars: The Essential Chronology, and Heroes of the Negro Leagues. This year he was tapped as the cover artist of the Overstreet Price Guide.

As an editor Chiarello has spearheaded the high profile and critically-acclaimed series Solo, Batman: Black & White, and last summer’s Wednesday Comics. His responsibilities also include choosing the cover artist for every title DC publishes. This is a rare opportunity for aspiring artists to show their talent to the man who forms the visual image of the DC Universe.

On both days of the Boston Comic Con artists can sign up for the reviews. Mark Chiarello has agreed to three blocks of time each day in which he will review portfolios. Only five artists can be guaranteed to be seen for each block so please arrive early to sign up; everyone else will have to take their chances waiting in line.

The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth 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 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to our website.

Premium Member of the Week :: ENRIQUE ALONSO

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 41 year-old Spanish collector. I studied Electronic Engineering at university and work today as an expert in Prevention of Occupational Hazards. I am happily married and father of two kids, Carlos and Cloe. During childhood I was get often sick and had to spend lots of time at home and in hospitals. On those illness days my parents bought me tons of comics, which helped me pass such difficult moments.

2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery?

It's difficult to choose only one piece, but probably my favorite is Jordi Bernet's cover for the Spanish magazine El Jueves. This was an unused cover that Bernet discarded, though I think it is even better than the finally used. As you can easily realize I am a big fan of all Jordi Bernet's work. I am also lucky enough to be a friend of this real master of comics.

(editor's note: CAF ran a different piece with the newsletter because the original is NWS; it can be seen here)

3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I began seriously collecting in the year 2001. I was amazed when I saw some original art by Milo Manara at a comic shop in Barcelona ("Freaks"). I hardly could believe it, as Manara is one of my favorite artists. And, of course, my first piece of original art I ever bought was a Manara. During the years, many stories came along with different comic art pages.

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

I own an apartment that acts as a painting studio and I exhibit most of my pieces there. Last week I bought a statue of Batman which will take care of my art. Right now, I have a few covers and illustrations framed in my home office. Most of my comic art is stored in archival folders.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?

1. A Mafalda strip by Quino
2. A Conan Cover by John Buscema & Ernie Chan
3. A Nice Vampirella illo by Pepe Gonzalez
4. A Mortadelo cover from the OLE series by classic spanish master Francisco Ibañez
5. And I am always looking for more art from my friend Jordi Bernet


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