Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This year at Comic Con International in San Diego one of the most exciting extracurricular activities outside of the convention center is the The Walking Dead Escape! Nearby Petco Park is set to be infested with the undead the week of Comic Con giving participants the opportunity to test their mettle and prove they're smarter and faster than every horror movie protaganist ever. If you're inclined to be a Zombie, professional make-up artists will be on hand to give you an extra gory visage. Team CAF is running the course on Friday night of the con, wish us luck! More details at the link...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Walt Kelly - Pogo Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 2-20-70 (Publishers-Hall Syndicate Inc., 1970)

Al Capp - Li'l Abner Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-14-69 (News Syndicate Co. Inc., 1969)

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Premium Member of the Week :: Hero Worship

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am an attorney for a large financial services company and live and work in New Jersey.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

I am relatively new to collecting comic art and only have a few pieces. It's really hard to choose a favorite, but I like my J. Scott Campbell Wonder Woman, my Adi Granov Star Sapphire commission, David Finch Wolverine splash, Mike Mignola Hellboy and John Romita Jr. Amazing Spider-Man. I think those would be the pieces I will hold onto the longest.

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

Like a lot of things in life, I am late to the party in terms of collecting comic art and began my collection in 2009. I've been a comic reader and collector on and off for many years, as well as comic-related toys, statutes and other paraphernalia. Comic art just seemed like a logical progression, although I really wish I happened upon it years ago!

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

Since I only have a few pieces, I like to display everything. I love to see the artwork every day.

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

It's difficult for me to whittle down the want list to five since there are so many legendary and new artists whose work I greatly admire. If I had to choose, I guess my list would include the following (in alphabetical order):

1.  Ross Andru - An Amazing Spider-Man page featuring The Lizard or Stegron.  I remember these issues from my childhood.  Lizard men, dinosaurs and Spidey -- a perfect combination.

2.  Adam Hughes - convention sketch/commission of Mary Jane, Wonder Woman or Star Sapphire - What more can be said than what so many other CAFers have already described about his artwork?  No one is better than Adam at capturing the essence of MJ and WW. And I haven't seen any Hughes Star Sapphire pieces anywhere yet, so it would be cool to see his take on that character, especially given his penchant for drawing heroines in skimpy costumes.

3.  Jim Lee - Batman splash or X-Men page featuring Magneto. I know, not very original, but Jim's artwork defined a generation of comics.

4.  Todd McFarlane - Anything featuring Spider-Man and at least one panel of some of McFarlane's trademark webbing.

5.  Mike Mignola - Batman commission or anything featuring Batman published or unpublished.

5 1/2.  (see, I told you it would be difficult to list just 5) Phil Noto - I have an idea for a Batman villains/Mad Men mash-up that (at least in my mind) would be pretty cool and uniquely suited to Phil's style.

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