Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Comic-Con was great this year! I met a lot of fantastic artists and got some really nice art. Despite many reports of Hollywood abandoning SDCC this year there were still plenty of television shows and movies promoted. I'm sure you've all heard by now about the spectacle in Hall H where a Spidey cosplayer interrupted the Amazing Spider-Man panel to make an empassioned speech about how much the character means to him and then whipped off his mask to reveal himself to be Andrew Garfield, the star of the movie.

I primarily went this year to see the preview of Legend of Korra. It is a spinoff of Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender, a show so popular even M. Night Shymalan couldn't completely ruin the franchise. I collected several sketches from artists who worked on the original show and/or the comics and was very happy to hear that comic artist Josh Middleton has been added to the team as an Art Director. I could go on but considering how much Bill Cox and Chris Haggard had to listen to me nerd out about this all last week they might decide to find someone else to write these newsletters.

Team CAF had a really good meeting after the convention on Sunday and we've got some exciting plans for the future! More on that in the months to come!

Other highlights include getting a sketch from the legend Alan Davis at the Hero Initiative booth, meeting French bande desinee artist Pierre Alary, seeing Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello perform at Tr!ckster, and finding a cosplayer dressed as Cindel from The Ewok Adventure! Now that is a deep pull for a Star Wars costume.

Big thanks to Mark Hay of Splash Page Art and Mike Burkey of Romitaman for sharing booth space with us!

You stay classy, San Diego!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Love & Rockets, Terry & the Pirates, Wolverine in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121131
A Few Sample Lots:    

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #18 page 2 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1986)
Milton Caniff - Terry and the Pirates Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-30-39 (Chicago Tribune, 1939)
John Buscema - Wolverine #8 page 19 Original Art (Marvel, 1989)
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


Artist Brent Anderson’s car was broken into while at the San Diego Zoo and many pages of original art were stolen including the following:

–50 pages from Astro City Vols. 1 & 2 & Local Heroes
–Astro City: Dark Age Books 1 (#s 1-4), 2 (#s 1-4) & 3 (#s 1-4) (50 pages)
–Green Lantern: Legacy approx. 45 pages between pages 1-45 (except page 5)
–Green Lantern Silver Age Special (approx. 4 pages)
–Green Lantern/Plastic Man team-up special (approx. 8 pages)
–Rising Stars #15-24 (approx. 48 pages)

Please spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art dealers and collectors. If you see any of these pages surface, email Anderson at Thank you.

Editor’s note: The image supplied (Astro City – Dark Age #1 p24) may or may not be one of the pages that was stolen but has been added as an example. Thank you.

Premium Member of the Week :: Jeffrey Dodd

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jeffrey Dodd and I live in the Great State of Texas I have worked in the wholesale car business for over 20 years. My favorite car that I have ever owned was a 1968 Mustang convertible that I drove every day for about four years and now I wish I had never sold it. My main emphasis is artwork created by Dustin Nguyen. I met Dustin when he was just starting to work on Wildcats V3.0 (written by Joe Casey) and got to know him and Rich Friend, they are both great guys and wonderful artists. I have also been fortunate to develop a great relationship with Marat Mychaels who is my main commission artist for the past ten years. He has never failed to impress me with his professionalism and work ethic; plus he is a great guy to know as well. I also actively seek art by Jackson (Butch) Guice especially from his stint on Birds of Prey and a very long list of artists I want to commission.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is my Detective Comics #845 cover by Dustin Nguyen.

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

I started collecting comics in 1973 but became disenchanted with what was being produced in the 90s. I was tired of all the multiple covers and promotions that were being produced and wanted to become more selective of how I collected. I always wanted to collect original art and as the marketplace exploded with new opportunities to collect (eBay, the Internet) I made the switch from comics to original art.

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

I have several pieces professionally framed which I display on the walls of my office.

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

1. Robert McGinnis - 1968 Burden of Guilt Cover
2. Walter Simonson - Manhunter/Batman commission
3. Dustin Nguyen - C.C. Rendozzo Commission (Dustin is working on this one!)
4. Mark Harrison - Durham Red Empty Suns Cover
5. Brain Bolland - Judge Anderson/Batman Commission

View Jeffrey Dodd's Gallery

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