Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This weekend Team CAF is at New York Comic Con! If you're attending as well you should take note of the first NYCC art auction being held tomorrow, Friday October 14, 2011 at 7:45pm. With contributions from the likes of Frank Quitely, Adam Hughes, Mike Mignola, Sara Pichelli, Ivan Reis, Francis Manapul, and many more there is sure to be something to pique your interest. All proceeds are to be donated the the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Check out all the details at the link!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Love and Rockets, The Flintstones in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121142


A Few Sample Lots:        

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets page 16 Original Art (Fantagraphics, c. 1991)


Harry Tuthill - The Bungle Family Hand Colored Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 8-22-26 (McNaught Syndicate, 1926)


Gene Hazelton - The Flintstones Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-26-66 (McNaught Syndicate, 1966)


Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...



Hero Initiative announces its signing schedule for New York Comic Con with appearances by Tim Sale, Walt Simonson, Steve Dillon, Tom Raney, and many more!

A quick note for you autograph collectors out there—and we know you’re out there! Convention appearances by Ralph Reese, Chris Ivy or Robert Washington are exceedingly rare! So this is an outstanding opportunity to crack out those old back issues and get them signed.

And over at The Artist’s Choice in Artist Alley at the con, a whole DIFFERENT bountiful bevy of creators will sign autographs for Hero. Please check them out as well.

And we also STRONGLY encourage you to hit Hero’s panel on Friday morning. Full details below!

Friday, Oct. 14
11 AM-12 noon
Room 1A02


Find out all about the Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need. Hero has paid back rent when creators are literally 24 hours from eviction, paid to keep the heat on in the winter, and covered the cost of crucial medication and treatment that frequently meant the difference between life and death.

Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin is joined by Hero beneficiaries Ralph Reese (House of Secrets), Chris Ivy (Moon Knight), and Robert Washington (Static), who will tell their own personal stories about how Hero has changed THEIR lives…for the better.

Premium Member of the Week :: Lauren Wizemann

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a self professed comic geek; I grew up on X-Men and despite life occasionally getting throwing roadblocks, I always found my way back to comics. I have collected other books along the way, but X-Men was the one that stood the test of time. I had a health scare a couple of years ago and surgery kept me inside for a couple of weeks and something clicked. I went through my old comics and just fell in love again. I started going to local conventions in New Jersey and meeting artists and friends; now I travel all over the East Coast. This little industry has brought such happiness to me between the people I was fortunate and lucky enough to meet and the art that I have been exposed to. One of the comic shops I went to introduced me to DC Comics last summer and now I read a ridiculous amount of books.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

It's hard to choose a favorite because each piece has a story associated with it. If I had to choose one it would be the Adriana Melo Huntress piece. It reflects on the artist's strength and really catches the essence of the character. It was like Adriana Melo could read my mind on how I picture Huntress looking. That might be the first time I really felt that kind of connection with an artist.

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

I started collecting art two years ago. I met Lee Weeks at a convention and he sold me a beautiful Rogue and Gambit page from the Gambit Limited Series. It was the perfect page- emotional, beautiful artistically, and just summed up two of my favorite characters at the time. I liked the simplicity of original art.  Seeing pencils especially because it can be a radically changed interpretation. When you see a final page, which artist do you see? The inker, the colorist, the penciller? But with original art, you see just one person's work. 

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

A few of the pieces rotate being framed around my home.  The others are in either a sketchbook or art portfolio and eagerly shown to everyone that visits. 

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

My top five pages would be the cover of Birds of Prey #86 by Adriana Melo (pencils please), the No Man's Land page where Joker is pointing the gun at Huntress, the page in Birds of Prey when Huntress finds out Babs manipulated her and she's trying to get off the plane (Birds of Prey #80 page 23), the Butch Guice page with Dinah and Barbara (Birds of Prey #21 page 20), and any of the first appearances of Huntress joining Birds of Prey.

View Lauren Wizemann's Gallery

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