Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This weekend is Boston Comic Con! It's the fifth anniversary show and hosts an amazing list of artists to celebrate! Probably most exciting is the MAD-men reunion with Al Jaffee, Paul Coker Jr, and Al Feldstein; this is a rare opportunity to see these three legends together again! Plus Kevin Eastman returns to his native state to talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heavy Metal with frequent collaborator Simon Bisley. And that is only the tip of the iceberg with over 75 guests including CAF members like Jim Cheung, Skottie Young, David Petersen, Katie Cook, Stephane Roux, and more!! Check the announcements section for more info! 

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Love & Rockets #10, Birds of Prey #60 in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121217

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Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #10 Page 5 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1985)

Ed Benes and Alex Lei - Birds of Prey #60 Cover Original Art (DC, 2003)

Jim Mooney - Spider-Man vs. the Green Goblin Pin-Up Original Art (undated)

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Announcements


Press Release:

The Boston Comic Con announces its panel schedule for the 2012 convention! Fans will have the opportunity to see some of the brightest stars in comic book history between the rare reunion of MAD artists to the youngest new talents from the pages of Womanthology. This year’s line up of talent is certainly one that is not to be missed! In addition Boston Comic Con hosts several Geek Week Events including stand up comedians, a film festival, a costume contest, and much, much more! See below for the schedule and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

Tickets are currently available online through the convention website. Prices are $20 for a single day pass and $35 for a weekend pass. Kids 10 and under get in free with paid adult admission!

Saturday April 21, 2012
Panel Room 102

Drawing for Kids: 11am-12pm
Katie Cook (Gronk) leads a “Drawing For Kids” workshop. Kids and their parents are invited to learn to fine art of cartooning!

All Ages Comics Panel: 12pm-1pm
Skottie Young (Marvel’s Oz books), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts) talk about how to appeal to both the incoming crowd of young readers and longtime, stalwart fans of comic books.

Womanthology: 1pm-2pm
Founder Renae de Liz and contributors Cat Staggs, Ming Doyle, Ellen Crenshaw, Stacie Ponder, Megan Brennan, and Ceili Conway discuss their work on one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects and the state of female creators in the industry.

Spotlight on Jill Thompson: 2pm-3pm
The creator of Scary Godmother and Beasts of Burden speaks about her art and career. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with one of the best in the biz!

Legends: 3pm-4pm
Legendary talents Joe Sinnott (inker Fantastic Four), Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein), Herb Trimpe (co-creator of Wolverine), Bob Layton (Iron Man), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin) talk about their long careers and how they’ve changed the industry.

Michael Golden, Storytelling: 4pm-5pm
Artist Michael Golden discusses his method of telling a story visually as one of the most influential artists in the business with credits on titles like Dr. Strange, Star Wars, X-Men and more.

Creator Owned Comics: 5pm-6pm
Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), Becky Cloonan (Wolves), Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse), and Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) speak about indie comics and their growing influence in the comic market.

Geek Week Events
Panel Room 108
11am-12pm: Convention Survival
12pm-1:30pm: Nerds of Prey
1:30pm-2:00pm: P. Sawyer & Hurley’s “The Complete Works of Batman Abridged”
2pm-2:30pm: Magic the Gathering: The Show
2:30pm-3pm: Quest
3pm-4pm: Star Wars “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
4pm-5pm: Comics on Comics
5pm-6pm: Superhero Wedding
6pm-6:30pm: Anime Trivia

Sunday April 22, 2012
Panel Room 102

Legends of Mad Magazine: 11am-12pm
The “Usual Gang of Idiots” reunite to reminisce about the creation of MAD, the most influential humor magazine of the 20th century. Join Al Feldstein, Paul Coker Jr, and Al Jaffee for a rare event with the artists of Mad Magazine.

Eastman & Bisley: 12pm-1pm
Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Simon Bisley (Hellblazer) speak about their comic projects both independently and collaboratively in the pages of Heavy Metal.

DC Comics Panel: 1pm-2pm
The New 52 revitalized the DC Universe for a new generation of readers. Meet the creators who have revolutionized the comic industry includng Francis Manapul (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman),Jamal Igle (The Ray), Ivan Reis & Joe Prado (Aquaman).

Marvel Comics Panel: 2pm-3pm
Face front, True Believers! Artists Tim Sale (Captain America: White), Steve Epting (Captain America), Alex Maleev (Daredevil), and Mark Brooks (X-Men) speak about their projects at the House of Ideas. Make Mine, Marvel!

Costume Contest: 3pm-4pm

Geek Week Events
Panel Room 108
11am-12pm: The Pop Culture Professor: Dr. Rebecca Housel
12pm-12:30pm: Run Button Podcast
12:30pm-1:00pm: The Arsenal
1pm-1:30pm: Magic the Gathering: The Show
1:30pm-2pm: Achievement Unlocked
2pm-3pm: Bump
3pm-4pm: Geek Week Comedy Collider
4pm-4:30pm: Quest

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!


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1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a 47 year old husband and father; five kids in the house, a dog, a cat, and lots of comics! I've been collecting since before I could read. Comics meant the world to me as a child. Due to medical issues that are thankfully no longer present, I missed a ton of school. so comics and the characters presented in them became my friends and teachers. I like to say I learned my ethics from Superman and Captain America. Seeing how good I was with comics my folks let me start a mail order from my basement. From there we opened up a comic book store which ultimately led to my involvement with Cartoon Corner. CC was a 1980s forerunner to the popular mall-based Disney and Warner Bros Studio Stores where we sold all sorts of comic and cartoon related merchandise. My focus was the gallery where we presented original comic and cartoon art. I've also been lucky enough to write quite a bit on the subject of cartoon and comics for various magazines over the years. Today I'm the founder of an online dating site called OppositesConnect.com. We're sort of the anti-eHarmony where we match couples based on their opposite preferences. Hey, I learned the hard way there's not too many female comic geeks out there!
 
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

Oh gosh... the hardest question. On any given day it's a different piece. I have many on display in my home, so I get to see many of them often and my fondness for them just grows and grows. Some days it might be the Avengers Splash by Perez, or the Newton Batman Splash... but today it's my newest piece, the cover to the Overstreet Price Guide #13. It's an infinity cover by the late great Don Newton with inks by the amazing Joe Rubinstein that features DC's Big Three; Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
 
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

I've been collecting original comic art for about 28 years, but do not have a very large collection. What prompted me to start was my love of the art form. Comics and jazz are often considered the only two true American art forms. It's a personal way of paying homage to the great creators who imagined all these great characters and their adventures. I'm a big Golden/Silver/Bronze age historian and love to read anything on the subject. Having some of the original art just puts me back then in those amazing times for a moment.
 
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

I've read many other answer this question very well. I agree we must all use only the finest acid free products when displaying either in a portfolio or in a frame on your wall. And I do this as well. But I'd like to comment on the relationship we should all have with our preferred framer. I actually dote on him and his wife! I bring them coffee, donuts, the newspaper, holiday cards, anything they want! Also, everyone should make sure your collection is properly insured. Never take a chance.
 
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?

ANYTHING from Avengers #15 by Lee/Heck/Kirby! That is my grail issue, my favorite comic ever! Yes, someday I'd love to obtain a great Swan Superman or Legion, a Cardy cover, a Kirby Thor, a Heck Iron Man... but Avengers #15, man that would be a dream. I LOVED that issue.

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