Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Last week the comic art collecting world was abuzz with excitement over an incredibly rare Calvin & Hobbes original painting by Bill Watterson going up for auction. The piece ended up selling for over $100,000! Congratulations to whomever got this grail piece! Watterson is famously reclusive and donated almost all of his originals to Ohio State University's Museum of Cartoon Art so when an original comes on the market it is a huge deal. Read more about the sale here... 

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Love & Rockets, The Phantom #69 and The Poster in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121210

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Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets Page 5 Original Art (Fantagraphics, undated)

Recreo Studio - The Phantom #69 Page Original Art Group (Charlton, 1976)

Edgar Church - The Poster Painted Illustration Original Art (undated)

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Premium Member of the Week :: Brian Howard Schutzer

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Brian Howard Schutzer. I own Neat Stuff Collectibles and Sparkle City Comics. I’m 33 years old and live in New York state, about an hour from New York City. I grew up in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge and my business is still located in that area. 

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

Picking one piece is a challenge, so allow me to cheat and you can pick the one you like best. My Sandman #11 pg 23 is one of my favorite pieces. Sandman really changed everything about comics for me. It kicked me into another level of collecting/reading and will always be my favorite series ever. The piece is visually stunning and one of those that I could stare out for hours.

Another one would be my Amazing Spider-Man #74 cover. When I was a kid reading comics, I never imagined I would have the chance to own an original John Romita Spidey cover. As far as superhero comics go, Spidey is at the top of my list.

Finally, my V for Vendetta #8 cover. Another Vertigo title that really stuck with me. I’ve always been a fan of dystopian fiction and this is one of the best stories of the genre. David Lloyd did great work on the series and I consider Alan Moore to be nothing less of a genius. I was able to pick this piece up in a deal with a good friend, and that always makes it even sweeter.

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

I’ve been a lifelong collector of various things from comics to coins, firearms, art, antiques, and various stuff in between. I’ve been a full time comic book dealer since around 2000 and shortly after getting into the business and seeing some of my most prized comic books passing through my hands time and time again, around 2004 I put down my comic book collection and started collecting original comic art. I haven’t looked back since then.

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

I have a few pieces framed up in my office at home (the only room my wife will let me hang my art!), the rest is in portfolios for easy access and some of my best stuff is locked up in my vault. I try to rotate the pieces I display whenever I think of it. I’m renovating my offices at Neat Stuff/Sparkle City and will probably bring a few pieces over there for display.

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

-A page from Sandman #8. I would settle for any page with Death, but I’d really love one from #8. I almost had my ideal page, but it slipped away from me.
-A page from Batman Chronicles #11 – Berlin Batman story. This story references one of my favorite economic philosophers, Ludwig Von Mises.
-A Steranko Cover. Ideally, a Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D cover but I’d settle for just about any nice example.
-Watchmen page featuring Rorschach
-Neal Adams Batman Cover

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