Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Chances are, with its record-breaking $200 million opening weekend, you watched the Avengers movie this past weekend. It is certainly impressive that Marvel pulled off the feat of assembling this cast together in the culmination of years worth of work. In honor of the movie this month's Sketchbook theme is dedicated to the Avengers, whether they be Mighty, West Coast, Young, or Secret! There certainly is no shortage of characters to choose from since just about everyone in the Marvel Universe is at least a reserve member.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Love & Rockets #35, Phantom #32 in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121220

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #35 " Wigwam Bam Part 3" Page 6 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1991)

Emsh (Edmund Emshwiller) - The Invaders Are Coming Paperback Cover Preliminary Original Art (c. 1959)

Jim Aparo - The Phantom #32 Page 6 Original Art (Charlton, 1969)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…


FRANK CHO - Big Wow Comicfest 2012 ad

CAF member Frank Cho posted on his blog:

The great Big Wow Comic Fest in San Jose is just around the corner. Again this year, I’ll be holding one of my very rare art classes where I’ll teach drawing the female figure- veeeery sexy female figures. (This is a felony in some southern states, I believe.) Again this year, the lovely and culo-rrific Ivy Doomkitty will model for me at the live figure drawing class. She’ll be dressed as Dejah Thoris and belly dance for us. (She’s a professional belly-dancer. I kid you not.)

The wonderful thing about Big Wow Comic Fest is that it focuses on the art of drawing and painting comic books. There will be various free art workshops at the convention for the fans, including a costume making workshop for cos-players and acrylic/oil painting classes for fine art lovers. The fans can just watch or draw along with the artists, or just get your comic books autographed - because Big Wow Comic Fest is still a comic book convention.

Don’t forget, This year’s stellar guest list includes the great Jim Lee, Juanjo “Blacksad” Guarnido, Bernie Wrightson, Travis Charest, Kevin Nowlan, Joe Jusko, Bill Morrison, Tim Sale, Brandon Peterson, James O’Barr, Michael Golden, Mike Choi, Tim Vigil, and many many more.

Premium Member of the Week :: Jude Deluca

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a 21 year old college student in New York and I work at both a nursing home and a comic book store in-between classes. I aspire to be a comic book writer myself and I enjoy collecting artwork because it allows me to speak with comic artists and professionals and make friends with them.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is "Messing With The Multiverse" by Viola Tanganelli. I love the amount of detail she put into it, the coloring, the expressive body language, and her ability to work with different body types.

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

I started collecting in February 2009, with a Lightning Lad piece from Joe Prado that I bought at New York Comic Con 2009. I decided to start buying sketches after seeing so many other people post their pieces online, and because Joe drew my favorite interpretation of Wonder Woman.

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

I keep most of my sketches in sketch books because it's easier and cheaper than buying sleeves. I have a number of pieces in sleeves but so far I only have them stored in my room on top of one of my book cases. I keep sketch cards in a tin.

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

1. Duela Dent by Amanda Conner: I've been trying to get a sketch of the Joker's Daughter from Amanda since 2010.

2. Arsenal and Lian Harper by Jill Thompson: A father-daughter piece because Ms. Thompson's artwork is amazing.

3. Cartoon Lightning Lad by George Perez: The second season version of Lightning Lad, either a head sketch or a full body sketch, from George.

4. Raven from Ralph Bakshi's "Spicy City" by Billy Tucci: This has been on my wish list for a while because I think Billy's style could do her justice.

5. Arsenal by Rick Mays: Because I think Rick has done the definitive Arsenal and my collection would be incomplete without at least one Roy Harper sketch from him.

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