Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

In honor of Black History Month, Bronx Community College's Bliss Hall Gallery currently has on exhibit a show entitled "The Color of Comics," a look at people of color in comic books and graphic novels. Co-curator Alex Simmons says, "The artwork hails from Brazil, Europe, the US, and the Middle East.  It's quite a display of diversity by a mix bag of talented people." The exhbition runs until March 14 and is free and open to the public.

See you next week!

Premium Member of the Week :: Malvin V

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering and had fun with mechanical design for several years.  I completed an MBA a few years ago and I’m currently in a project management-process improvement role.  I grew up in the 80s, so most of the comics I loved are from the 80s and early 90s.  I still read comics today and certainly seek out art from any stories I enjoy. Aside from the obsessive hobby of comic art collecting, my other obsession is golf!  Fortunately I am single, allowing me to divert funds to these two pursuits without too many problems!

2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?

I may be single but I can see why it’s so hard for parents to pick a favourite child!  If I had to pick one, it would be the variant cover to Supreme #41.  It was Alan Moore’s first issue on Supreme and it has an iconic homage to Superman, a true classic.  I did not even know that issue had a variant cover until I saw the original for sale.

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

I bought my first piece from Tim Sale (Superman for All Seasons page) during a local con in 1998.  I think I started because I read an article on comic art collecting at the Comicon website and decided to try it out.  I was very fortunate since my other early purchases were pages from Miracleman and Supreme, classic Alan Moore stories.

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

I actually display only a small fraction of my collection. I’d rather spend my money on more art, not frames! The rest is in mylar in a nice big stack in a cabinet.  My siblings do want to support my hobby during birthdays and Christmas so I tell them to frame up my favourite pieces instead, since they can’t buy art for me.

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

The problem with this hobby is, there is so much art out there that you want.  I’ll stick with pages that are realistic.  I want a Killing Joke or Dark Knight Returns page as much as the next guy, but I don’t have enough organs to sell.  I’ve been lucky enough to cross off many things on my list recently, such as a page from Batman: The Cult and a Dale Keown Hulk page.
My remaining, achievable top 5 would be:

1.      A Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters page by Mike Grell
2.      A Nightcrawler miniseries page by Dave Cockrum
3.      A Supreme page or sketch by Kevin O’Neill
4.      An early Justice League page by Kevin Maguire
5.      A Lobo page from the first miniseries by Simon Bisley

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