Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Last weekend when Boston Comic Con was postponed at the last minute many of the local retailers and stranded artists united to give would-be con-goers a taste of what the experience is like by holding impromptu signings. Tim Seeley, creator of Hack/Slash and Revival, took the initiative to rally his fellow artists in the hotel Friday night. Creators including Carlos Pacheco, Tim Sale, Bill Willingham, David Mack, Sean Murphy, Mike Choi, William Stout, and many more signed for long lines of fans, many of whom had travelled long distances to attend the convention and were very happy to at least get the chance to shake some of the guests' hands and get a sketch or signature. Wolverine and the X-Men artist (and CAF member) Nick Bradshaw deserves special recognition for hitting three stores across Massachusetts. It was definitely a special moment in the comic book community where everyone banded together to make the best of a bad situation. Boston Comic Con is currently set to be rescheduled  with the new date to be announced soon.

See you next week!

Colin Solan 
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Byrne, Ramos & Faucher, Kirby & Williamson in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121317

A Few Sample Lots:

John Byrne - Next Men Illustration Original Art (1993)

Humberto Ramos and Wayne Faucher - Wizard Magazine #142 Spider-Man Cover Original Art (Wizard, 2003)

Jack Kirby and Al Williamson - Race for the Moon #3 Story Page 3 Original Art (Harvey, 1958)

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Press Release:

Big WOW! ComicFest is extremely excited and proud to welcome comic book legend STAN LEE for his first ever appearance at the Bay Area's Premier Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention!

The legendary architect of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee will spend the entire day on Sunday May 19, 2013, meeting with fans, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and answering questions in an exclusive panel presentation. Stan "The Man" Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books.
"It's a dream to have Stan attend our show" said Big WOW! co-organizer Steven Morger. "There is no one who exemplifies the creative spirit that Big WOW! brings to the fans more than Stan Lee. He truly is a legend in the comic book industry."
Advance Autograph, Photograph, or Combo Packages with Stan Lee can be Purchased Here.
Stan Lee headlines an impressive guest list at this years Big WOW! ComicFest. Joining Stan are some of today's top comic industry professionals including Neal Adams (Superman, Batman), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fairest, Wonder Woman), Writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji & La Blue Girl), Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), Lee Bermejo (Rorschach, Joker), Sanjulian (Vampirella), Brian Stelfreeze (Batman), Sergio Aragones (MAD, Groo), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Terry & Rachel Dodson (X-Men, Wonder Woman), and Arthur Adams (Classic Avengers).
Fan-Favorites: Travis Charest (Weapons of the Metabarons), Kevin Nowlan (Superman Vs. Aliens), James O'Barr (Crow), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Keu Cha (Rising Stars), Joe Linsner (Dawn), Michael Golden (The 'Nam), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama), Humberto Ramos(Wolverine), Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Assassin), Jason Palmer (Serenity), Aaron Lopresti (Spider-Man), Ryan Sook (Zatanna), and so many more confirmed guests added to our website!
Advance Ticket Sales and Hotel Information
Advance Attendee Ticket sales are now available both online and at many local comic shops in the Bay area. Tickets will also be sold from the box office at the convention hall both days of the show.Advance ticket sales are discounted!
If you're in need of a place to stay during the show our Hotels page is up-to-date with hotels that have special rates for Big WOW! ComicFest Attendees.
Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements!
CreaturesCon 2
CreaturesCon, the official Creature Features Convention dedicated to the classic San Francisco Bay Area TV Show, will join forces with Big Wow Comicfest this May 2013 in San Jose. John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius, Lord Blood-Rah, Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch and a gang of special guests will be on hand.
Creature Features Props & Memorabilia
Creature Features Panel dedicated to Bob Wilkins
Creature Features items for sale
Creature Features shows on giant monitor ran continuously
And for the first time ever, Creature Features Live. A complete Creature Features show done live on stage with John Stanley as host, guests, and feature length movie with breaks. Guaranteed to be the largest Creature Features event ever. All part of CreaturesCon 2 at Big WOW! ComicFest.
And no Big Wow! ComicFest is complete without our:
Art Auction, Costume/Cosplay Contest (Saturday night directly after the show), Gaming, Card & Role-Playing Games with Sanctioned Tournaments and Live Demonstrations of Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Hero Clix, and more!
Tickets are available on the website. And we have tickets available at over 30 participating comic book stores around Northern California.
Admission is only:
1 Day Adult $20.00
2 Day Adult $30.00
1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00
2 Day Child  $15.00
FOR MORE INFORMATION we will always have guest and programming updates for the show at: . Also, most of our Guests will be available before the show for online, phone and in some cases, personal appearance Interviews.


Premium Member of the Week :: Mark Warunek
1. Please tell us a little about yourself. 
I've collected comics my entire life. Maybe it's the nerd in me but I've always enjoyed superheroes, monsters and science fiction. Currently I'm a teacher at a middle school in Illinois which allows me to pursue my other passion which is travel. I've had the fortune to travel to over 20 countries so far and I'm always looking for some place exciting to explore. 
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite? 
It's hard to pick a favorite since they are all have something that I love. Currently it would have to be the Amazing Spider-Man #319 page 15. I've always wanted a great Todd McFarlane splashy page of Spider-Man swinging in the city and this one definitely fits the bill.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start? 
I've been collecting comic art for a little over 13 years now. It actually started by accident. I was on Ebay looking to sell some comics when I came across a category called comic art. Up until that point I had never realized that you could buy the original comic art to a comic book. After that day I was hooked. I started hunting down works by some of my favorite artists such as Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, and Dale Keown. Although I had to sell many of the pages that I had picked up early on, I'm now trying to amass a little of the collection I once had.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home? 
Many of my favorite works were up on the walls of my spare bedroom until my girlfriend moved some of her stuff into that room.  Now they are in my walk-in closet. I actually like this much better since I get to look at them every day.  
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
There is a ton of original comic art that I would love to have but many are just way of my price range.  With that being said, here are my most wanted pages that I have a chance of affording.
1. Arthur Adam's Uncanny X-Men Annual #9 page 1
2. Dale Keown's Incredible Hulk #396 cover
3. Todd McFarlane's Amazing Spider-Man #321 page 5
4. Jim Lee's Uncanny X-Men #276 page 16
5. Marc Silvestri's Uncanny X-Men #238

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