Wednesday, December 5, 2012
New England’s biggest and best comic book convention returns on April 20-21, 2013 to the Hynes Convention Center! Joining us this year is a veritable who’s who of amazing comic creators. The growing list of special guests includes Sergio Aragones, Mark Bagley, Nick Bradshaw, Mark Brooks, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Colleen Doran, David Finch, Joseph Michael Linsner, David Mack, Ed McGuinness, Mike Mignola, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, George Perez, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Tim Seeley, William Stout, and more to be announced! Tell your friends!
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Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for the weekend and available through Eventbrite at the link!
Artist alley and vendor table registration is also open. Forms can be found on the Boston Comic Con website.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 40,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st opening at 10:00 am each day at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Queens, New York, but have resided in California for the past 16 years (I can see the San Diego convention center, home of Comicon, right across the bay from my neighborhood). For the past seven or so years, I’ve had the great fortune of being a stay-at-home dad to my three beautiful children who are now ten, seven, and five years-old.
I’d read comic books on and off for most of my childhood but became a regular reader in the mid-1980s when I discovered John Byrne, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore (among others). My comic art collection used to be all over the map – I owned things from the 1950s all the way through the current day, but eventually whittled it down to my sweet spot – those 1980s books. I do still however have a strong interest in comic strip art and especially of the photo-realistic adventure strips of the 1940s through the late 1960s.
I was a member of the CFA-APA (Comic and Fantasy Art Amateur Press Association) for several years and wrote regularly for the publication. Anyone interested in reading my articles can find them on my blog, along with the rest of my comic art collection, and fine art collection.
In 2010, I had the great honor of loaning the bulk of my comic art collection to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon for the “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero” show. There were many terrific pieces at the show, and I was proud to be one of the contributors.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
A couple of years ago I might have said my Dark Knight Returns page or one of my Watchmen pages, but I recently re-acquired the cover to Fantastic Four #266 by John Byrne. I’d sold it couple of years ago, and regretted it immediately after. I was fortunate enough to be able to get it back recently, and I’m thrilled that I did. Couple that with the fact that Byrne was the reason I started collecting comic art, and I think we have a winner.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
About ten years. I’d left all my comic books back in New York and had been re-buying back issues of John Byrne’s Fantastic Four run on eBay when I stumbled across original comic art. Like the million other stories you hear, a light bulb went off in my head – “You can buy this stuff…??”
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I moved very recently and currently have nothing hanging on the walls – everything is in Mylar sleeves in a lightproof box. I may hang stuff again, but I do worry about sunlight.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I’ve never been very specific about the art I buy other than wanting something from a particular story. I have been lucky in getting just about everything I’ve ever wanted, but if I had to make a list…
1. Brian Bolland Killing Joke page. I think the market has passed my interest level, but I wouldn’t mind finding something reasonably priced.
2. A John Buscema Conan cover. Big John was a master artist and while this wouldn’t necessarily fit into my collection, his stuff is just too beautiful to resist. He did some amazing Conan covers and I would definitely want something he inked himself.
3. David Lloyd V for Vendetta page. I sold mine last year and would like a replacement.
4. More Byrne Fantastic Four art – I’m ALWAYS looking for more!
5. Another Dark Knight Returns page.
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