Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Keep an out for any Pasqual Ferry art being sold online or at comic shows. The THOR artist has reported that several pages have been stolen from him recently during a break-in at his home. If you see any art for sale please contact him through his blog or Facebook page to make sure it's not one of the stolen pieces. 

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - All-American Western #120 Johnny Thunder in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121138
A Few Sample Lots:  
Alex Toth and Sy Barry - All-American Western #120 Johnny Thunder page 4 Original Art (DC, 1951)
Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #7 page 11 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1984)
Mike Grell, Rodin Rodriguez, and Bob Smith - Warlord Annual #1 page 30 and 31 Original Art (DC, 1982)
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...


Press Release:

The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts’ oldest and most treasured cultural institution, will host the exhibit LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel from Sept. 25 through Jan. 1, 2012. The exhibition is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and is making its only traveling New England appearance here. LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel will examine the use of this dynamic form of visual communication, and place specific emphasis on the art of the contemporary graphic novel, which is an internationally recognized artistic and literary genre.

This special exhibition will feature over 200 original art works, including paintings, drawings, storyboards, studies, books, photographs, and a documentary film, offering insights into the lives of the artists and the nature of their work. The impact on art discourse and the surrounding public community will be deepened and heightened by the powerful literary element of the exhibition. Click here to view sample works.

Focused on subjects as diverse as the nature of relationships, the perils of war, and the meaning of life, graphic novels comprise the fastest-growing sections of many bookstores, according to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Graphic novels employ the technique of cinematographic narrative, developed by comic-book artists, telling the story through metaphors and visual images, particularly images of action.

“An increasing number of artists are choosing to express themselves through graphic novels, which have received increased recognition in the popular sector and have started to gain the interest and consideration of the art and literary establishment,” said Peter Timms, director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. “Noted periodicals including The New York Times and The New Yorker have covered the phenomenon, and graphic novels are increasingly popular in classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States and abroad.”

Beyond the quality of the exhibit and prestige of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Timms said that the Fitchburg Art Museum is using the LitGraphic show as a springboard to launch an aggressive marketing program to promote the museum itself. “Founded in 1925, we are a world-class, family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years,” Timms said, “yet we remain very much a hidden treasure. Working closely with the City of Fitchburg, area businesses and other regional and community stakeholders, we have bold plans to engage the public in ways that are as distinctive as the museum itself.

About the Fitchburg Art Museum

The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts’ oldest and most treasured cultural institution, is a world-class family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. Visitors can experience a wealth of masterpieces in 12 galleries that feature American, European, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, and Pre-Colombian art. Award-winning educational programs inspire all to learn about the importance of world cultures, art history, and contemporary life. The museum was founded in 1925 through a bequest of artist, collector, educator and Fitchburg native Eleanor Norcross (1854-1923). For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org, or call 978/345-4207.

Premium Member of the Week :: Alan Pinion

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am an IT professional that has an understanding wife name Kathy and two sons named Luke and Logan. I have been collecting comics since 1982 when I saw the Marvel Super Special issue 21 movie adaptation of Conan the Barbarian. One look at John Buscema’s art and I have been hooked ever since. I put together complete runs of Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, and X-Men, and have pretty much every key Marvel Silver Age comic. I do own Action Comics #1. Well, a page from that issue that has the NG (no grade) from CGC. I am also a member of the CFA-APA, the Comic and Fantasy Art Amateur Press Association.

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

That one is always hard to answer. I really like my Frank Frazetta Against the Gods prelim. I have a Dragon’s Lair #1 cover that I searched for four years before finally finding it. Right now my favorite is the cover to Marvel Classics Comics issue 19 which tells the story of Robinson Crusoe. It is my favorite because it is drawn by my favorite artist, John Buscema. I love seeing the JB EC mark on the cover, which was a mainstay on the classic Conan comics that Buscema and Ernie Chan worked on together.

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

I am a fan of the laserdisc game Dragon’s Lair and I own the original arcade machine. I was looking on eBay for anything Dragon’s Lair related and saw someone selling the original art that was used in the comic book series published in 2003. In all the years of collecting comics I never thought about buying the original art that was used. I then decided to search eBay to see if there were any Conan pages by John Buscema. I found a page from the last issue of Savage Sword of Conan, issue 235. It was penciled and inked by Big John. I think it had a buy it now of $100 so I grabbed it. It would be nice to go back and buy some more art at 2003 prices. I also bought a lot of the Dragon’s Lair pages by Fabio Laguna. The Dragon’s Lair issue #1 cover was already purchased with a buy it now option. Four years later I found and purchased the cover. I now have covers 1, 3, and 6 of the Dragon’s Lair run. I rarely buy any more comic book back issues. It has been mainly comic book art and commissions since 2003.

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

I have a few pieces framed that are hanging in my living room, bedroom, and hallway. The rest are in Itoya portfolios.

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

1. Any Conan cover by John Buscema. Conan is my favorite character and John Buscema is my favorite artist. The market values on those Conan covers are
probably way too high for me to be able to get one.

2. A page from the Marvel Comics Super Special #21 movie adaptation of Conan the Barbarian. This was the single issue that got me into comics.

3. A Jack Kirby Fantastic Four page. Those original FF comics were so much fun to read. Jack and Stan revolutionized comics with this series.

4. A Bill Everett Sub-Mariner page. I have a Bill Everett page but the Sub-Mariner is not on it. He was one of the Golden Age artists whose work from the 30s and 40s still holds up today.

5. The Frank Frazetta cover to Conan the Conqueror. That was the first Conan book by Robert E. Howard that I ever read. I had the print to that painting on my wall when I started college. I know Kirk Hammett of Metallica paid $1 million for it so it may be hard to acquire.

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