Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan, 

The Hero Initiative hosts a bowling night tomorrow Friday March 30th at 8pm as part of the festivities of Emerald City Comic Con! For an admittance fee of $40 you can have the opportunity to roll with special guests including Agnes Garbowska, Barry Kitson, David Mack, Fancis Manapul, Tony Parker, Jim Valentino, and more! Plus they are raffling off bowling pins decorated by several more artists including Matt Wagner, Chris Moreno, Mike Allred, and Joseph Michael Linsner. Space for this event is very limited so get your tickets while they last. Click here to purchase tickets...
See you next week!

Colin Solan 
CAF Editor 

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The Spring Event Auction is currently accepting bids on over 60 pieces of Original Comic Art and ends on Monday, April 16th at 7 PM Eastern!

 Included in the auction is the rare John Romita Golden Age art to Captain America Comics #77 Page 5, concept art  to  the famous “Skywalker on Tauntaun” Roger Kastel Empire Strikes Back Painting, and  the January 1, 1973 Charles Schulz New Year’s Peanuts Daily,

The auction also includes the Todd McFarlane Amazing Spiderman: Skating on Thin Ice Cover, the Johnny Craig Vault of Horror #22 Cover, the Michael Kaluta House of Mystery #265 Cover, the Jim Lee alternate Spawn #150 Cover, the Gil Kane Marvel Team-Up #6 Cover, the Jack “King” Kirby Kamandi #25 Cover, the Mike Mignola Defenders #141 Cover, the Arthur Adams Marvel Apes #4 Cover, the Mike Nasser Huntress #2 Cover, the Adi Granov Siege: Embedded #1 Cover, the Andy Kubert  X-Men 2nd Series #36 Double-Cover, the David Mack Justice League of America #60 Cover, a beautiful Nick Runge Catwoman Pinup and an original Joe Schuster Superman Sketch.

The Event Auction also offers pieces from renowned comic artists such as Renato Arlem, Mark Bagley, Kenn Barr, Rich Buckler, Darwyn Cooke, Alan Davis, Luis Dominguez, Bill Draut, Brian Hitch, Christopher Jones, Dan Jurgens,  Rafael Kayanan, Ken Kelly, Greg Land, Howard Porter, Kurt Schaffenberger, Ty Templeton and Bob Wiacek.

Click here to view all the Spring Event Auction art.

For those who collect historic comic memorabilia in addition to original comic art, let us not forget to mention the famous Check That Bought Superman is also up for auction.  As seen in recent press across the globe, this is the 1938 check from DC Comics to Siegel and Schuster that purchased the rights to their creation, Superman, for a mere $130. does not charge Buyer’s Premiums, and only a 10% seller’s commission for high-end consignments. They offer generous cash advances up to $5 Million, and are seeking consignments for their Summer Event Auction print catalog. Contact them today at 212-895-3999 (international 001-212-895-3999) or email

Premium Member of the Week :: Brian Tidwell
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a registered nurse in the Dallas (Texas) area. I've spent my entire career in the Emergency Room but recently took a management position within the large medical organization where I work. It has definitely been a challenge; really a second career even though it is certainly a related field. I’m happily married to my loving wife, Marie; we have no children except our small dog and my comic art! I turn the big “4-0” in March of this year so… yeah… really looking forward to that!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?  

This is the question I always dreaded being asked if I were ever picked for this feature. I’d have to say it’s my Mark Brooks Poison Ivy. Not because it’s the “best” or most expensive piece of art I own, but because of the way I got it.
Mark was doing a convention in Dallas and it was only a moderately busy show with not a lot of other guests. I spent some time with Mark before hanging out and chatting at various conventions. Mark invited me to sit with him behind his table and we spent the whole day talking while other fans came to get autographs and chat. It was great fun and I got to see literally every stroke of the pencil and marker as this piece was created.
I had a similar experience with Adam Hughes at the infamous “con of the dead” here in Dallas. It was an inaugural show and Adam was the only comic guest. Literally four people got sketches from Adam that weekend – that was EVERY person who asked for one! I probably would have made my Gandalf sketch from this con a favorite but it’s kind of NSFW.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

I’ve been going to comic cons since 1992. I always saw guys getting sketches and I kept thinking, “Man, I should do that.” Flash forward 10 years and I went to my first San Diego Comic Con. I decided this would be the con when I finally got a sketch! The show is much bigger now than it was then but it was still pretty overwhelming. However, I did manage to get several sketches in my sketchbook, including one from Michael Kaluta. Being able to get a personal drawing from one of my absolute heroes did it for me; I was hooked!
If you look through my gallery you will see my collection consists mostly of sketches. When I started in this hobby it was, by far, the most affordable way to collect art. That’s not really true as much anymore. You will find more and more published stuff in my collection these days.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

The ubiquitous Itoya portfolio is my primary means. I keep looking for an affordable flat (architectural) file cabinet but that has, so far, eluded me. I do have several things framed with two frames where I rotate standard sized comic art.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1.    The page 1 splash to Uncanny X-Men #268. I’ll never be able to afford this. but I remember the first time I read this book and how I got chills when I saw that splash of Captain America literally leaping off the page. I had not been collecting comics for a few years when I picked that book up and I was immediately back in. This splash was the catalyst for relaunching my passion for comics in early adulthood. I had drifted away from the hobby as a teen when I discovered something called “girls.”

2.    An Adam Hughes copic marker piece. I have several pieces from Adam, an example from what I consider every major “period” of Adams sketches (my own classification system of course, I don’t speak for Adam), with two exceptions: The first is his latest iteration with the amazing use of copic markers, and I want one badly! The second is from his very first con sketch phase where he stilled signed his name, “Adam T Hughes," and he worked mostly in pen and ink. I might actually be able to afford one of these older sketches; I’m keeping my eyes open.

3.    Any Frazetta work where he inked himself. I was hoping to get a daily from Johnny Comet but those spiraled out of my reach, price wise, years ago.

4.    Barry Windsor-Smith:  Again, pretty much anything where he inked himself. He has such a unique style and command of anatomy.

5.    Travis Charest: I’ve been on his sketch list probably six times but have always come away empty handed. I’d buy the right published page, certainly, but have you seen the prices?

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