Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Last week was another sad one for the comic book community with the passing of Brazilian artist Al Rio. His career began in the early 90s with his big break coming after taking over from J. Scott Campbell as the artist of Gen13. Best known for drawing sexy women he went on to draw for titles including X-Men, New Mutants, Vampirella, Spider-Man, Captain America, and many more. If you are inclined to donate to the Al Rio Memorial Fund information can be found at the link.

See you next week.

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Love and Rockets, Six Million Dollar Man in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121207
A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #20 Page 7 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1990)
Fred Himes and Pat Boyette - The Six Million Dollar Man #8 Cover Original Art (Charlton, 1978)
Mark Bagley and Art Thibert - Ultimate Spider-Man #50 Page 16 Original Art (Marvel, 2004)
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Premium Member of the Week :: Andrew Hanna

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a 39 year old graphic designer who works as a pre-press production manager at a daily and weekly newspaper (yes, they still exist) publisher in upstate New York. I've been a comic reader and collector for over 30 years but got hooked on the monthly habit due to the G.I. Joe series in the early 80s, like so many others my age. I've never managed to kick that habit!

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

It's a tough choice, but my favorite piece in my gallery is the Black Widow watercolor commission by Steve Rude. The Dude has been my favorite artist for a long time, so I jumped at the chance a few years ago to commission one of his beautiful watercolor works. I already had some Nexus pieces, so I went with a favorite mainstream character I thought he'd do justice to. I love the lighting, movement and overall composition in this piece.

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

I'd always wanted to get some originals, but never really had the financial means or opportunity outside of mail order prior to the internet age. Almost 10 years ago I finally got my first piece, a sketch commission from a Steve Rude eBay fundraiser he ran to finance a Nexus animated sample. That's about when I finally realized eBay was an outlet for original art, along with dealer websites. About the same time, some friends and I started attending some bigger conventions, which was new to me, having always lived in the comic convention hinterlands. So of course access to artists at the bigger cons got me collecting con sketches and more published pages.

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

I have quite a few of my favorite pieces framed on the wall, that I usually matte myself. Of course the majority is stored in mylars and the obligatory Itoya presentation portfolios. I also liberated a metal flat file cabinet from work that stores stuff nicely. All my CAF scans also run as a slide show on my computer as a screen saver. (Thanks to Bill Cox and all the CAF crew).

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

My top 5 wanted art, in various degrees of likelihood:
 * a Lone Wolf and Cub piece by Goseki Kojima
 * a painted Nexus cover by Steve Rude
 * a page from Daredevil: Born Again by David Mazzucchelli
 * a page from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Kevin O'Neill
 * a Hellboy page by Mike Mignola

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