Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Currently on exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum is a comic book retrospective that stretches back to the Golden Age. Entitled "Reflecting Culture: The Evolution of Comic Book Superheroes," many of the pieces on display come from the private collection of Michael Uslan, comic book historian and producer of the Batman films. Other exhibits include a collection of works done by Joe Kubert and his sons, Adam and Andy, and a mural painted by illustrator Greg Hildebrandt. This exhibit will only be on display until January 13, 2008 so catch it while you can.

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Premium Member of the Week :: Craig Rogers

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in New England.  After high school I started a small side business selling comic books.  Eventually sold off that business and used that money to move to Los Angeles and get into the "picture business".  In a roundabout way, I ended up doing just that and I now work at IMAX.  I've helped put the likes of Spider-Man and Batman up on the REALLY, REALLY big screen.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself.  :)

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

There are quite a few pieces in my collection that I really love, but my commission from Gene Colan featuring his take on Norman Rockwell's famous "Triple Self-Portrait" is the one piece I can't image ever being without.  Not only is it a terrific piece of art, but in the last year or so I've gotten to know Gene and his wife Adrienne, and they're such dear people to me... that commission has a real special place in my heart.

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

I started collecting comic art for about 6 years or so.  I've had a couple of pieces prior to that, but the idea of collecting art never occurred to me until then.  As is likely the case for most comic art collectors, I started out collecting comic books.  Eventually I amassed a complete collection of Daredevil.  My collecting really slowed down after that.  One day several years later I was surfing eBay looking for odd Daredevil items and came across a page of art by John Romita Jr.  I won that auction and that was all it took.  I've been collecting art ever since.  The first few years I primarily focused on acquiring pages which I remembered reading when I was younger.  I've moved mostly into collecting commissions now.  I found I really enjoy working with an artist and getting different ideas that I've had running around in my head down on paper.  Since I can't draw myself, it's been a joy working with the many uber-talented comic artist out there that offer their talent up for hire.

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

Most of my collection is stored in Itoya portfolios, but I do have several pieces framed and on my walls as well.

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

In no particular order...
a Bernie Wrightson Daredevil commission
the final page to DD #227
DD #206 cover
DD #156 page 22
DD #156 page 27
The two pages from #156 would complete a wonderful five page fight by Gene and Klaus featuring DD battling himself in a dream sequence. 
Daredevil #206 is the first comic book I ever read.
The final page to DD #227 is possibly my favorite single page of Daredevil ever. 
What can I say about Bernie that people don't already now?  To have a DD commission from him would be a dream come true.  (I've even got an idea all ready for him.  Bernie?  You out there?)


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