Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Wow San Diego Comic-Con is less than a month away?? If you were hoping to go this year and could not purchase tickets, SDCC announced last night that they have approximately 1,500 four-day passes that will be sold soon. Obviously these will go quickly so keep checking their website, Facebook, and Twitter for further announcements. Good luck!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Hernandez, Young, Mosley featured in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121126
A Few Sample Lots:         

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #12 page 2 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1985)
Chic Young - Blondie Daily Comic Strip Original Art, dated 12-9-32 (King Features Syndicate, 1932)
Zack Mosley - Smilin' Jack Daily Comic Strip Original Art Group (News Syndicate Co. Inc., 1963)
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


Hero Initiative memberships run on a calendar year, as we'd feel pretty poorly about takin' all your money for less than half a year. That said, the DEADLINE to get in on memberships for 2011 fast approaches: June 30, 2011!

If you're thinking about signing up, we suggest you do so QUICKLY! As a li'l reminder, one randomly selected 2011 member who sends us a pic will also win CUSTOM Walt Simonson art, a pretty nice prize, indeed. Last year's winner of John Romita art was certainly all smiles.

Don't get shut out! Order NOW before time runs out!

Jim McLauchlin

Premium Member of the Week :: Brian Massa

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Strangely, I’m a commodities broker but went to school for Art & Art History. It was something I always loved as a child. For example, when Star Wars came out I had to draw the characters in the theater; I was five years old. After college I moved to the city where I took graduate classes at the Academy of Art. An old friend of my dad’s, Anthony Sinclair, an amazing artist out west, advised me "whatever I do, do not do art for a living.  Do it for fun but make your money in commodities." Hah!

Since I’ve always loved pop culture, naturally I would love comics.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

Which is my favorite piece from my gallery? Whew, that's a tough one.  Not that I have kids but it would be like asking me who is my favorite child.  They're all my favorites and most have very interesting stories behind them. If I had to choose? I think I might have to go with Joe Simon’s Captain America. I had the opportunity to go to the legend’s apartment in the city and actually saw the corner of the book under a pile of papers. I asked if it was available for purchase and indeed it was. Joe and his daughter were extremely nice and accommodating and it will always be one of my favorite comic related experiences.  Close second and third would be the Joe Kubert and Gene Colan sketches.

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

I’ve been collecting comics on and off now for about 25 years. I've been collecting comic art for about three years. I had realized that even though I love comic books I’d much rather own a piece of art from the related artists. 

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

Any comic art I might have is framed and hanging in my apartment. The books you see in my CAF are all CGC authenticated so displaying them is a bit of a problem. Most are stored in a climate controlled room. Some are floating around the apartment. This is the beauty of the CAF, I can see the whole collection all at once anytime I like. 

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

Top five most wanted commissions. This too is tough because I’m nearing my sketch collecting goals. Maybe another John Romita Sr. or perhaps a John Byrne. I’d probably want a piece by Kevin  Eastman & Peter Laird. And two more goals that were recently met... Joe Sinnott and Jimmy Cheung. Stay tuned for those!

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