Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan,

As we mentioned last week, the first wave of "Wake Up and Draw" pieces are now up for bid on the CAF Auction page! All proceeds benefit the Hero Initiative. Go check them out!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Wigwam Bam, and Conan (by Alcazar and by Buscema) in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121239

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets "Wigwam Bam Part Four" Page 16 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1991)

Vincent Alcazar and Yong Montano - Conan Annual #2 Page 15 Original Art (Marvel, 1976)

John Buscema and Steve Mitchell - The Savage Sword of Conan #70 Page 26 Original Art (Marvel, 1979)

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


Hero Initiative Partners with The Walking Dead for First-Ever Image Comics “100 Project”

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical and financial need, has drawn great acclaim for its “100 Projects” in recent years, in which 100 artists draw an original cover on a special anniversary issue.

Now, after running projects with Marvel Comics, DC and Archie, Hero Initiative proudly announces that its latest and greatest “100 Project” will feature the best-selling comic of 2012—The Walking Dead #100. This marks the first time Hero has partnered in such a way with Image Comics and Skybound.

Artists including The Walking Dead illustrator, Charlie Adlard, will contribute original covers, as will other top talents such as Dan Brereton, Ian Churchill, Kevin Eastman, Joe Jusko, Dale Keown and Whilce Portacio. And yes, even The Walking Dead creator/writer and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman will contribute. (He can draw a little!)

The Walking Dead would have never become the success it's become without the trailblazers who put in the hard work to make this industry live on into the future,” said Kirkman. “Doing things like this for The Hero Initiative, which helps creators who have fallen on hard times, is a way for Charlie Adlard and I to give back to the community that has provided us with countless hours of entertainment and also a pretty cushy living. Simply put, it's the right thing to do.”

"They say charity begins at home. Well, I can't think of one closer to that than the Hero Initiative,” said Adlard. “It's great to be able to give back to the creators who inspired me.”

A public viewing of all 100 covers will be scheduled for winter of 2012-13, along with auctions of all the original covers. A book collecting all the art will be available in 2013.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

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About Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-runningInvincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

About Image Comics

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

Premium Member of the Week :: Germund von Wowern

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Southern Sweden with my girlfriend, a lovely little daughter and our dog.

Disney comics (Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson, Paul Murry) and old adventure comic strips have been an integral part of my life since I was a kid, so much that I after 14 years at the university I left chemistry and biology behind to work as a comic book editor. Carl Barks and Don Rosa hardcovers, compilations of everything from Beetle Bailey to Scandinavian comic artists, Franco-Belgian albums such as Spirou and Lucky Luke etc, are all part of an average work day. It's a good job!

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

A hard choice, but perhaps my Paul Murry cover from Mickey Mouse #159. Murry's smooth ink lines, detailed backgrounds, love for nature and wonderful handling of characters made me a fan of his work already when I was six years old. I know this, since I still have a comic book with one of his stories that mom bought for me, and I remember not being able to put it down. It's practically read to pieces and it's quite nostalgic to see how I've tried to repair it with lots and lots of tape, just making it look worse.

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

In the late 1990s I discovered eBay. Suddenly a whole world of artwork was available at my doorstep and I was stuck.

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

It’s stored flat in an archival document cabinet, which I open quite frequently to sighingly browse my pieces. A few pieces are framed (of course).

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

A quick look through my gallery probably tells more than a truncated list of artists, but oh well, here goes:

1. Carl Barks: A really nice page!!! Obtaining one is primarily a question of money, but no storyteller, in any genre, has helped make me who I am today more than Barks.

2. Warren Tufts: Exceptional art pieces.

3. Paul Murry: A 1950s/60s (Mickey Mouse) comic book page.

4. Harvey Kurtzman: Any of my favorite pages from his Jungle Book.

5. Floyd Gottfredson: A (complete) Mickey Mouse daily strip 1936-42.

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