Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dear Comic Art Fan,

I commissioned a piece from an artist way back in November of 2008 on the recommendation of a fellow collector. The artist emailed back enthusiastically about the subject and soon posted the finished commission on their deviantart page. Then things quickly went downhill. Instead of receiving the art, I got a Game Boy, a mix up in shipping on the artist’s part. Naturally I returned it, at my own cost, with assurances that I’d be sent the art once it too was returned. Months past and I inquired to the whereabouts of my art and was told it hadn’t turned up and the artist would re-do the commission. Many more months past again and, fed up, I asked for a refund plus reimbursement for the expense of sending back the Game Boy and was told that the artist couldn’t financially swing the reimbursement just then but would soon. That was when my emails stopped getting returned. Finally, I got an email out of the blue the other day saying that the art had turned up and will be in my hands soon. Until I can touch it I remain skeptical.

I’m sure every one of you who commissioned art has a similar story to tell. Mine isn’t even that bad and it wasn’t a large amount of money. But the incompetence and lack of professionalism in this case just infuriates me. I can understand having to wait for published work to get done before an artist gets to commissions but two full years to ship out a piece of art that’s completed is ridiculous. If anything this just cements my preference to get convention sketches where at least you’re dealing with an artist face-to-face.

Always remember: caveat emptor (buyer beware).

See you next Week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Jack Kirby - Super Powers #5 Batman page 18 Pencils Original Art (DC, 1986)
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Premium Member of the Week :: Justin Porter
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.  

I have been collecting comic books since 1983. I still find myself at the local comic shop every Wednesday picking up new books. I'm a huge Marvel fan with my favorite characters being Captain America, Wolverine and the Black Cat. I collect Modern Age original art and enjoy getting commissions done by my favorite artists. I live in California with my wife and our dogs and have a job with the County.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite? 

I have a lot of favorites, like all of my featured pieces, but my J. Scott Campbell Black Cat commission is my #1 favorite piece. Not only is it by my favorite artist of my favorite female character but it is huge! I was happy to see it printed in the "Tall" sketchbook and the art itself is framed and matted in my living room. My wife did a great job framing and matting it.

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

I got my first convention sketch from Jim Lee at the 1990 San Diego Comic-Con and bought my first page of original art from Rob Liefeld at the same convention. It was a page from New Mutants #93 and I think it cost me $40 at the most. I didn't really start collecting heavily until 1995. That was the first year after I had a full time job and was still living at home and had money to actually spend on the hobby. That was also the first year I spent over $1000 at the San Diego Comic-Con on original art. I always liked the art in comics and even as a kid would follow my favorite artists from book to book. I think getting to meet the artists for the first time and seeing artwork created right in front of me prompted me to get into collecting original art. That and actually seeing original art and knowing it was out there to be collected.

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

I have a ton of artwork framed on the walls. Living room, hallway, spare room, bedroom, all of it has original art on the walls. I'm lucky enough to be married to someone who also likes comics and art and collects Original Art as well so we end up fighting for wall space to hang our art. The rest of my art is kept in portfolios and the original sketch covers I collect along with my Hero Initiative Wolverine sketch covers are stored in a glass display case in our spare room.

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

1. Another J. Scott Campbell commission or two...
2. An Adam Hughes copic marker commission
3. An Olivier Coipel commission
4. A Jim Lee Uncanny X-Men #268 Original Page (who doesn't want one of those)
5. A Humberto Ramos Amazing Spider-Man cover or splash from his upcoming run on the book.

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