Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dear Comic Art Fan, 

After Hurricane Sandy tore through the East Coast last week many charity relief organizations have sprung up to assist those hardest hit and the comic community is no exception. Industry insiders Rich Ginter and Jim Viscardi have founded Art for Sandy Relief which collects original art contributions from artists and collectors to auction off. Several pieces are currently available on ebay now. The proceeds from the auctions will go the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to help people in the New York and New Jersey area. Anyone looking to donate can contact them at artforsandyrelief@gmail.com.

See you next week!

Colin Solan 
CAF Editor 


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Premium Member of the Week :: Paul Greer
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Paul Greer and I am 41 years old. I have been a lifelong reader of comic books. My first comics were Richie Rich and Casper The Friendly Ghost that my mother would buy for me to keep me quiet as a small child. My first superhero comics were Amazing Spider-Man #178 and Marvel Tales #89. My mother knew I loved The Electric Company and Spider-Man was a featured character. Once I read those I was hooked. I'm the worst kind of comic collector, I don't bag or board my comics. Seventy percent of them are in no particular order. I just rummage through boxes and pick out random comics to re-read. Then I have to look through other boxes just to find the second part of a story. It sounds hectic but it still keeps it fun for me.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece in my collection is a Scarlet Witch con sketch by John Byrne. It was not the first sketch I had ever purchased but it was my first John Byrne piece of art. Byrne has been my favorite artist since I first discovered him during the Count Nefaria storyline in The Avengers. I had met Byrne a few times before but never was able to score a sketch from him. At the time, he would do a sketch at a con and then auction it off to the people waiting at his table. I made sure I saved a bunch of money for the 1993 Mid-Ohio Con to win this sketch. However, when this one popped up the price quickly went into territory a poor college student couldn't afford. My older brother came to my rescue and told me to keep bidding until I won. I couldn't have been more thrilled. I've purchased other sketches, pages, and commissions from Byrne since, however, none match the fondness I have for this piece.

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

I started collecting art in 1991. I was going to cons and found it unbelievable that they were selling pages of art and doing sketches. How could I pass up a chance to own a piece of my childhood in this manner? I didn't go full throttle until years later, but I knew owning a piece of art would end up holding a more personal meaning to me than any "rare" comic book would.

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

What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?  I have many of my pieces framed and hanging on my office wall. My wife won't let me spread out into other rooms (outside of a Gene Colan Dracula she loves), so the rest of my pieces are in portfolios that I still page through.

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

My top five original pages or commissions are:

1. Any page from Amazing Spider-Man #178 by Ross Andru. My first super-hero comic! Andru was a completely underrated artist and fails to get the proper accolades when it comes to his run on Amazing!

2. The cover to the el Borbah collection by Charles Burns. Honestly, any page from Burns would be a grail, but I love the creepiness and humor combined in that cover.

3. The cover to issue four of That Yellow Bastard by Frank Miller. Just a creepy and simple cover.

4. The cover to Astro City #12 by Alex Ross. My favorite piece of art he has ever done. The juxtaposition of a hero and his pregnant wife is just touching to see.

5. Since this is a fantasy I know I'll never complete, I would love the opening splash page to Uncanny X-Men #133 by Byrne and Austin. I must have read that issue a hundred times as a kid. I know everyone goes bonkers over the final panel of #132 but I don't think there is a more bad ass image of Wolverine than him hiding in the rafters ready to pounce on those Hellfire Club goons!!

Anyone who wants to be kind, please send me any of these requests.

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