Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Comic Art Fans is pleased to announce a collaboration with Jim Moorman, author of Jamaican Flowers. Jim will offer a comic artist the opportunity to turn his novel, Jamaican Flowers, into a full-length graphic novel and give Comic Art Fans subscribers the power to select the winner.

The contest begins on July 6, 2012 and run 90 days, ending at midnight on Halloween (October 31st.) Through banner advertising on sites like and through word of mouth, comic artists will be directed to a contest page on Comic Art Fans, where the competition rules will be published. Artists wishing to enter for a chance to win will be required to submit three sample pages of their choosing from an action sequence in the novel.

Submissions will reside on Comic Art Fans and CAF subscribers will be able to view the entries as they arrive. Guidelines' for submitting artwork can be found at the link. Beginning on October 15th, voting will open for CAF subscribers to vote for their favorite submission. The winner will be announced in a November edition of the weekly CAF newsletter.

Jim said, “I’m thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity like this to an artist who’s been waiting for his (or her) big break. Artists aren’t always writers, so by offering the opportunity to create a graphic novel based on a story that’s already been written will open the door for a lot of artists to compete. I hope CAF receives a lot of great entries from which to choose.” 

More details at the link!

See you next week!

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Premium Member of the Week :: Bill C

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a New York State resident (that might change in a year or so) who has recently gone back to school as a nontraditional student in an effort to change job fields. School is done and I am looking to break into the health field now. I have a number of interests/hobbies but original art is certainly the one that eats up the most money!

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
I’ll pick one commission and one published piece. The commission is my Guardians of the Galaxy #33 cover with Jim Valentino pencils. This turned out great and is a big deal to me because it was my favorite book of the early 1990s (when I was heavily reading new comics) and the cover scene wraps up a major storyline that Jim never got to tell due to leaving Marvel.
My favorite published piece is my Flash #147 splash page (Carmine Infantino, 1964). I was mainly reading new comics from the early 1980s till about 1993; but my true love at that time was Silver Age (and some Golden Age) books. Infantino’s Flash was my favorite Silver Age DC title, and Flash #147 happened to be the first Silver Age DC that I ever read.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I got into the hobby very gradually. I bought my first con sketch somewhere around 1988 (Negative Man by Graham Nolan). I got my first piece of published art in 1995; I had sent Jim Valentino a letter asking him to fill me in on how his storyline in Guardians of the Galaxy was to be wrapped up. He had left Marvel a few years before to form Image Comics and his planned storyline was cut short by about two years. I was nuts about that book and had a few pages worth of questions! Jim was very gracious and replied with about four pages of unseen plots that covered what would have been the next two years of his book. He sent me some other things also; one of which was a page of art from his Guardians book, another was a really cool print of the Guardians that appears to have been something just handed out by Jim to fans, never officially for sale or produced on a mass scale. Both of those pieces are in my CAF page
As exciting as that package was to receive, the mid 1990s wasn’t a personal favorite time of mine concerning the comics industry. I took a break from the hobby and started purchasing comics and art on the regular again around 2003.

4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
The vast majority of my pieces are easily accessible in art portfolios. I do have some twice up Silver Age art and other larger size pieces that I have stored in mylars and acid free boards. Maybe when I move into a nicer place I’ll frame a few pieces and hang them in my study

5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
These are in no particular order:
1) A nice Jack Kirby page from Journey into Mystery featuring Thor vs. Loki
2) A piece from Jim Starlin’s original Warlock saga, something showcasing Warlock’s torment
3) An Atomic Knights action page by Murphy Anderson
4) Infantino’s Flash (1962-1967 era) - more splashes and action pages with Flash vs. Reverse Flash, Mirror Master, and Captain Cold (among others)
5) Valentino’s Guardians of the Galaxy- there’s a handful of commissions I’d still like to get. There are also a number of covers, panel pages, splashes, and promo type pieces that I am very interested in obtaining


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