Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dear Comic Art Fan,

HeroesCon is this weekend!! it is easily one of the best conventions to visit for sketchhounds and art collectors. Their annual auction is always a great event to see some amazing art. And while some pieces can get pricey (both Adam Hughes and Mark Brooks's Zatanna pieces went for $8,000 last year) in the noise and confusion you can score really nice art for a bargain. One tip about HeroesCon: make sure to hit the local convenience stores on Thursday or Friday to stock up on all your necessities because everything shuts down over the weekend.

See you in Charlotte!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Holy Scarecrow, Batman! X-Men #1 is in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121123
A Few Sample Lots:        

Detective Comics #73 (DC, 1943) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages
X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG/FN 5.0 Off-white to white pages
Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC Apparent VG+ 4.5 Slight (P) Cream pages
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


New avengers 100 project from the hero initiative

Press Release:

Hero Initiative travels to Charlotte North Carolina’s Heroescon with special guest Karl Kesel

Huge signing of 100 Avengers and more!

May 31, 2011 (Los Angeles): Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending Charlotte North Carolina’s Heroescon June 3rd, 4th and 5th. The comics-first and family-friendly convention will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center located at
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC. Joining us is three time Eisner Award nominee and Captain America: Patriot creator Karl Kesel. Karl will be sketching for fans throughout the weekend to raise money for our worthy cause. Make sure you stop and get a sketch while helping Hero!

In addition, we will have newly released New Avengers 100 Project books for sale at the booth. Marvel Comics has generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of New Avengers #1 to Hero, various artists from all over the country donated original covers and we have put them all together in one wonderful compilation. Make sure come by and get this treasure and get it signed by contributing artists Dave Johnson, Craig Rousseau, Alex Saviuk, Andy Smith, Herb Trimpe and Roy Thomas all at one time! This signing will be Saturday at booth 322/421 from 1pm-2pm.

And make sure you come back for our Archie: 50 times an American Icon book and many more products, all supporting Hero Initiative’s cause! Do It! 

Schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 3 Con Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm

11am-1pm Karl Kesel

2:30pm-4:00pm Karl Kesel

4:00pm-5:00pm Scott Kolins

5:00pm-8:00pm Karl Kesel


Saturday, June 4 Con Hours 10:00am-6:00pm

10:30am-12:30pm: Karl Kesel

1:00pm-2:00pm Avengers 100 Signing: Dave Johnson, Craig Rousseau, Alex Saviuk, Andy Smith, Herb Trimpe and Roy Thomas:

3:00pm-5:00pm: Karl Kesel


Sunday, June 5 Con Hours 11:00am-6:00pm

11am-12:30pm Karl Kesel

1:30pm-3:00pm Karl Kesel 

About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment .Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Premium Member of the Week :: Patrick Kochanek, MD

1. Please tell us a little about yourself. 

I am a 56 year old physician and have been in academic medicine for over 28 years. I am happily married and have three children in medical school and college. Regarding my collection, it is largely comprised of art by Frank Frazetta. I previously owned quite a number of comics from the Edgar Church Mile High collection, and to this day marvel at their state of preservation and how they depict how terrific these books looked when they hit the newsstands in the 40s. I also had a large DC original art collection--mostly comprised of art from the books that I read as a kid.  Slowly but surely I gravitated to Frazetta. Between Mile High and Frazetta, I guess that I have always been a fan of “the best.”    

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?  

A difficult decision with the Frazetta King Kong oil lurking on my mantle, but I would have to say it is the Famous Funnies #211 Cover. I visited the Frazetta museum several years before Frank and Ellie’s passing.  A lot of things in the museum were fabulous. Of the Famous Funnies covers, I thought that the #211 was the best—and with the large images and beautiful blue wash, I even thought that it presented a bit better than the iconic WSF #29. I was thrilled to be able to take it home with me! It made for one hell of a visit to the Museum. Joe and Nadia Mannarino were very helpful in this regard specifically in introducing me to Frank and Ellie.  

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

I have collected comics since about 1963. My brother and I bought them from a second hand store in the Detroit area for five cents each.  We enjoyed the Julius Schwartz DC line. The first comic that we paid full price to obtain was Flash Annual #1. The first Marvel comic that I purchased (for 5 cents) was Avengers #4. My first exposure to comic art was in the home of the late Ed April. He was a major collector in the 1960s in Michigan and had stacks of Prince Valiant, Flash Gordon originals. I also recall at the 1968 NY con, Joe Kubert Hawkman pages going for $15.00 each. I also always loved the Frazetta Ace paperback covers and remember getting a copy of “The Magic of Frazetta” which featured the Canaveral press plates that blew us all away.      

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

My home is a gallery. Some of the display can be seen on my CAF.

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

I really do not need anything since I am pretty much out of display room; but here goes:
1. Frazetta’s Golden Girl watercolor—pretty amazing
2. Frazetta’s Egyptian Queen oil — Who wouldn’t want it
3. Neanderthal oil — quintessential Frazetta
4. The original cover to the 1963 version of the ace paperback Carson of Venus
5. Non Frazetta -- Wood’s cover to WSF 27  

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