Monday, March 29, 2010

Dear Comic Art Fan,

As most of you have undoubtedly heard, comic book legend Dick Giordano passed away last weekend. His career spanned many decades from his early days at Charlton Comics to inking Neal Adams to becoming the Executive Editor at DC. I never had the opportunity to meet him myself but many of the best in the industry have lavished praise on his memory this week. CAF extends our deepest condolences to his friends and family. In tribute, this month's sketchbook theme is dedicated to Dick Giordano and the characters he's left for us to enjoy.

See you next week.  

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #110041

A Few Sample Lots:

John Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz - Wolverine #16 page 13 Original Art (Marvel, 1989)

Milton Caniff - Steve Canyon Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 12-10 (Field Enterprises, year unknown)

Gene Colan and Tom Palmer - Tomb of Dracula #62 page 31 Original Art (Marvel, 1978)

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

Premium Member of the Week :: Manrico Avorio

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm 47 and married without children. I was born in Rome, Italy where I still  live and work. My college degree is in Literature; I first worked for a Software Company and then, 18 years ago, I decided to pursue one of my
(too) many passions: Comic & Illustration Art! Since then, with a colleague, I run my personal business company as "Spazio Corto Maltese Gallery." We sell books, graphics, original art, and we also publish some signed & limited editions. We also arrange personal shows for many artists in the genre.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

I have many "Grails" in my personal collection but perhaps the one I love the most is my Gil Kane Conan cover. I first saw this image when I was a teenager, published as a cover to the very first Italian issue of Conan the Barbarian. I couldn't dare to imagine to own the original one day.

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

I started collecting original art in 1990 when I first saw some original pages and covers at a local comic convention. I was already an avid collector of books, records, movies, and stamps. Later on, I would also add wristwatches... sometimes I feel I should be confined into Arkham Asylum! Without the Caped Crusader trying to rescue me...

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

Almost all of my art collection is matted, framed, and displayed on my walls! See "My framed walls" gallery. I believe art is something you should see and admire everyday; a personal pleasure and joy to share also with your most beloved friends and guests.

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

I have many of course. I would crave to own: an original Frazetta's painting (big choice), a John Bolton "Vampiress" (they're so rare to come by), an original Illustration from Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein, a huge Jack Kirby splash with the Silver Surfer, and finally a Conan Saga color cover by Barry Windsor-Smith!

View Manrico Avorio's Gallery

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