Monday, July 9, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

It's Comic-Con week! Thousands upon thousands of comic fans have swarmed San Diego to meet their heroes, grab some exclusives, see some panels, and of course get some original comic art! If you're at the convention be sure to follow the 5-2-1 rule: you need a minimum of five hours of sleep, two meals, and one shower every day.

If you are looking for Team CAF, we are at booth #4400-4406 with Splash Page Comic Art and Plus we'll be running the Walking Dead Escape from Petco Park tomorrow night!

See you next week! (unless we're caught and eaten by zombies)

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Hernandez' Mechanics; Marvel Comics; Rusty Riley featured in this Sunday'sWeekly Internet Auction #121229

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Mechanics Page 5 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1985)

Alan Davis and Mark Farmer - Marvel Comics Presents #158 The Clandestine Splash Page 1 Original Art (Marvel, 1994)

Frank Godwin - Rusty Riley Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 1-24-54 (King Features Syndicate,1954)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here...

Premium Member of the Week :: Paul P

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and moved to south Florida in 2004. Since 1992, I’ve made my living as a piano entertainer on cruise ships, first as a music director, then as a featured headliner act.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is my Amazing Spider-Man #403 cover by Mark Bagley. Spider-Man is my favorite character, Bagley is one of my favorite Spider-Man artists, and Carnage is my favorite Spidey villain. And since Bagley co-created Carnage, this piece has even more appeal to me. It was one of my first big purchases and I am so glad I pulled the trigger.

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

Like so many, my start began with buying comics off the racks after I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990. In 2002, I started collecting CGC-graded books. After a five year break I jumped back in 2010. One of the first sellers I encountered is also one of the coolest guys in the business, fellow CAF member Dan Gallo. After buying a bunch of CGC graded books from him, Dan asked me if I had ever thought about original comic art. I really had not; the idea excited me but was also daunting and kind of scary at the same time. I had NO idea what my focus should be, what to pay, where to buy the art, etc. Anyway, one piece led to another and here I am! Dan got me in, introduced me to CAF, and has helped me navigate the shark-infested waters. Although I sometimes I take his advice, mostly I just go ahead and overpay for things!

Once I started holding original art in my hands, I was bitten hard by the bug, and I’ve been very active ever since. I have purchased art from ComicLink, Heritage Auctions, e-Bay, dealers, reps, along with various CAF members. Art from the 1990s catches my eye the most, because those storylines bring back the fondest memories, but I also collect from the Silver Age, the 70s and 80s, as well as modern pieces. It’s been a whirlwind! I keep saying that I will slow down, and then, well, I don’t. It’s too much fun!

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

Most of my art is stored in portfolios, but I do have some pieces framed and hanging on my walls and plans to frame many more in the coming year.

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

Assuming I don't win the lottery, these are my top six wants (sorry, I couldn‘t narrow it down to five!):

1) a Superman/Doomsday battle page from the “Death of Superman” storyline

2) a killer page from the Batman/Bane "Knightfall" storyline (dare I wish for THE back-breaking splash page from Batman #497?)

3) the page from the controversial clone saga where medical tests reveal that Peter Parker has been the clone all along … which of course turned out to be untrue, but wow, I was floored!

4) a John Byrne X-Men page

5) a Jack Kirby Fantastic Four page

6) a J. Scott Campbell splash or cover from Gen 13 or Danger Girl

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