Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Happy Thanksgiving! ... if you live in the United States. Otherwise, enjoy your Thursday.

This Saturday, November 24th, the Swift-Cantrell Skate Park in Kennesaw, GA are raising funds by auctioning off skateboard decks featuring the work of several artists, including Adventures of Spawn artist Khary Randolph and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. This is a wonderful opportunity to win some exclusive art in a unique medium and help out a good cause. Keep your eyes peeled for these auctions this weekend and till then check out the decks at the Grind.

See you next week!

Avoid the Holiday rush at the stores and malls and get your shopping done here!

Be sure to check out the Holiday Deals Marketplace over at CAF by CLICKING HERE. We're on a lot of comic related mailing lists that will be sending us COUPONS and Daily Deals from now until Christmas. So if you've always wanted to buy something for yourself, or you've got a long list of Comic and Comic Art Fans on your Holiday list this year, this is the place to get a jumpstart on your purchases.

We've got links to Entertainment Earth's Thanksgiving Day and Weekend Sale. Things From Another World has a Free Shipping COUPON today on orders over $20, as well as numerous Coupons and Sales and Contests now through Christmas, and all are linked here as well. In addition, Amazon has their annual Black Friday sale, as does (everything is 10% on Friday!). Sideshow Collectibles has their Holiday Guide listed here too. We've also chosen to link to Fathead as they've added several new comic and sci-fi related fatheads to their site over the past few months, and in case you were shopping for yourself Dick Blick always has the best prices on portfolios and presentation cases. We've also taken the time again this year to list several hundred Comic Art related books from Amazon that we feel you might be interested in. All the books are grouped by Artist for easy browsing.

Premium Member of the Week :: Rob Stolzer

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where I teach painting, drawing and illustration.  I'm married to Kim, who's a social worker (and very tolerant of my hobby!), with two great kids.

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

Ugh, I hate this question.  It's sort of like asking, "Which is your favorite child".  My favorite piece changes; sometimes weekly, sometimes daily.  Today though, I would say that it's my 1917 Krazy Kat Sunday page, by George Herriman. This particular Sunday page has all of the elements that make Herriman the incredible artist that he was: great, lively pen work, and wonderful writing.  He was, in my mind, a poet of the Sunday page.  Things that normally make no sense, make perfect sense in his world.  That's what this Sunday page reveals to me.  I feel very lucky and honored to own it, as it's one of my top five very favorite Krazy Kat Sunday pages.

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

I've been collecting original comic art for around 27 years, give or take a year or two.  My memory is not that good~:c)  I can, however, remember pretty vividly what got me interested in collecting original art.  I was at a Creation Con in New York City, around 1978, 1979 or 1980.  John Byrne was sitting at a table, doing drawings for, I believe, five bucks a figure.  As a kid in high school who grew up reading comic books, I never really associated the people who actually drew the pages with the art itself.  Watching Byrne draw, creating these figures and
scenes out of blank sheets of paper, was magic to me.  I was hooked.

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

I have my favorite pieces, around 20 of them, archivally matted and framed, with UV protection conservation  glass.  In the last number of years, I've been using a low profile gold frame with black undertones. The frame has a classic, yet modern feel to it.  I don't like large, gaudy frames, as they tend to overwhelm the artwork.  This is just right.

The rest of my collection is in individual Mylar sleeves, all housed in a set of metal flat files.  I used to store my artwork in portfolios, but much prefer to keep them flat, in individual sleeves.

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

I own the second-to-last Krazy Kat Sunday page, and would love to get my hands on the very last Sunday.  The two share a common theme, and really belong together.  They're quite fragile piece, artistically speaking, as Herriman was dying when he drew them.  I love that fragile beauty. That's the only piece that I can say would be on my "want list".  I pretty much take collecting as it comes.  Wonderful pieces find their way out of the woodwork all the time.

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