Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dear Comic Art Fan, 

Big Wow Comic Fest is this weekend! Comic guests include Stan Lee, Neal Adams, J. Scott Campbell, Art Adams, Sergio Aragones, Lee Bermejo, Tim Bradstreet, Frank Cho, Olivia de Berardinis, Terry Dodson, Adam Hughes, Humberto Ramos, Stephane Roux, Sanjulian, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ryan Sook, Cat Staggs, Morrie Turner, and many, many more! There is plenty of programming, gaming, and cosplay to inform and entertain plus an art auction on Saturday afternoon.

Check out their website for more details!

Our own Bill Cox will be prowling artist alley, say hi if you run into him!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - L&R #30, Boys’ Ranch #1, The Phantom #67 in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121320

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #30 Page 6 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1989)

Jack Kirby - Boys' Ranch #1 "The Man Who Hated Boys" Page 5 Original Art (Harvey, 1950)

Don Newton - The Phantom #67 Page 18 Original Art (Charlton, 1975)

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


Early Bird Badge Pick Up and Stan Lee Ticket Holder Information

The show is a little over a week away and we're incredibly excited to have you here, participating in all that the 2013 Big WOW! ComicFest has to offer! In order to make your badge check-in go as smooth as possible, we'll be offering an early bird badge pickup time as outlined below. Please remember to bring either your Paypal receipt or your Store ticket with you when you come to the Admission area in front of Hall 3 of the San Jose Convention Center. We know many of you have also picked up tickets for Stan Lee Photographs and Autographs and can't wait to meet "The Man" himself. While we're still finalizing some of the details, we've also provided Stan's schedule during the show below, and how to pickup the tickets you purchased online in advance of the show.

For your convenience there will be a Early Bird Badge Pickup on Friday night, May 17th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. If you have pre-purchased a ticket on-line or at a store, you can save time Saturday or Sunday mornings by coming in and redeeming your "Printed Paypal Receipt" or "Store Ticket" for your Big Wow! ComicFest badge. The show opens at 10:00 AM to the general public both Saturday and Sunday, so have your badge and be ready to enjoy the fun. If you are unable to pick up your badge on Friday evening, you'll be able to pick them up both Saturday and Sunday morning starting at 9am. Lines will form downstairs in front of Hall 3. Just follow the signs that we'll have posted.

Stan Lee will only be at Big WOW! ComicFest on Sunday May 19th. We're finalizing the details on where lines will form for those who have purchased advance Autograph, Signature, and Combo Packages, but Stan will be in Panel Room C during most of the show. Photographs with Stan Lee will be taken from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, and Autographs by Stan Lee will be done between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. We'll have more details posted on Monday, May 13th regarding when and where the lines will form.

If you purchased advance tickets for Stan Lee, tickets can be picked up at our special Stan Lee Ticket Booth in the Admission area during regular show hours on Saturday (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and Sunday (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Please have your Paypal receipts with you to redeem your tickets.

Show Exclusives

Big WOW! ComicFest will be featuring some great show exclusives this year. Fiona and Cake BOOM! Studios Prints are $10.00 each for prints #1 - #4. Our very own "Beauty & the Beast" art book will be available for a special $20.00 price during the show. Beauty & the Beast features artwork by Sanjulian, Frank Cho, Travis Charest, Joe Linsner and many others. You'll also be able to pick up exclusive Big WOW! comics and prints at the Aspen booth, a limited edition Superman print by Nate Watson, and a limited edition print by SLG Publishing.

Incredible Comic Creators

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), J Scott Campbell (Gen13), Tony Daniel (Batman), Adam Hughes (Fables, 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). There are so many more confirmed guests added to our website so head on over for a look!

Special Celebrity Guests

Thomas Jane
Actor, writer, and producer Thomas Jane, star of "The Punisher" film and the HBO favorite series "Hung", is also the author of the comic book series Bad Planet!

Jane Wiedlin
Jane is the sexy and charismatic guitar player for The GoGos! Jane is back at work, having just wrote a new story for the 2011 Simpsons Tree House of Horror comic book, and her own series (starring Jane herself) Lady Robotika, drawn by Big Wow! buddy and Special Guest Bill Morrison!

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.

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!

Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming announcements! 

Premium Member of the Week :: steve roden
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m an artist, living in Pasadena, working with painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video and sound. I also teach graduate and undergaduate fine arts. I bought my first comics in 1971 (as a 6 year-old), and roughly stopped reading comics around 1978; pretty much the same years I collected baseball cards, wacky packages, aurora model kits, etc. While I mostly read books off the newsstand, I also bought a lot of cheap coverless or poor condition Silver and Golden Age books (as I have always been enamored with cultural artifacts from before my own time). Honestly, I cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn't a voracious collector of something.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

Like everyone, it certainly feels impossible to pick a single piece, but I would have to say my favorite piece featured would be the Jack Kirby 1st Issue Special Manhunter splash for a number of reasons. First because I never ever thought I would own a piece of Kirby’s work, second because it's both absolutely gorgeous AND explosive, third because it was my first Kirby splash, and most importantly it was the beginning of a big shift in my collecting.

Initially, I was only looking for pages from books I had as a kid - collecting from a place of nostalgia. but when I saw this piece for sale, I was completely smitten and it's magnetic pull had nothing to do with a memory (I didn't have this comic as a kid), and everything to do with its stunning, active, graphic display. So this was the one that made me stray! And in doing so, I decided that if I’m going to collect art I should be responding to the qualities of the object, rather than simply the memories; and yes, I do own a few "dogs" that still manage to resonate because of my history with those books as a kid... rules are made to be broke). I was the kind of kid who rarely read comics, but would spend endless hours immersed in the pictures. it is amazing to be able to look at Kirby’s work so intimately - a total eye and mind feast!

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

I have only been collecting for only a few years (which means much of what I want is totally out of my price-range). I got into collecting via one of my closest friends, Dan Goodsell who is also on CAF, who always knows how to throw gasoline on a fire when we're talking about an obsession. when he told me about his Hulk splash and Kirby monster page, I started looking on ebay. And like a first fix of a drug addict, I found a page from one of my grail issues (Captain America #148) for $300 and figured I’d be able to score a bunch of pages for around that price. Well, three years later I can assure you none of my featured pieces were had for that price! The other reason I got into collecting was an interest in Kirby’s collages, and had I photographed the two I own, I would've probably written about one of those as my favorite; stay tuned, they will eventually  make their way to my gallery on CAF.

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

Some of the pages are in binders, some are loose in sleeves. So far nothing is framed. I like to rifle through the stuff and also to be able to hold the pages and look at them without glass. I also like looking at correspondences between disparate things - looking at a Joe Kubert Hawkman page next to a Dick Dillin Hawkman page next to an Murphy Anderson Hawkman page. I’m more of an object fiend than a graphic fiend, so I like the pages without being boxed in by a frame.

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

Five wants that I cannot find nor afford, or that live with someone else:

1. collage/art spread from Kamandi #9 (or the chapter 3 spread from issue 26.)
2. the cover or a page with Hulk and Jim Wilson from Incredible Hulk #157.
3. the cover or any page from Phantom Stranger #17.
4. the Neal Adams story “The Hungry One” from Tower of Shadows (or a page from Batman #232 - my first comic).
5. the Kubert cover of Weird War Tales #4 (or one of the pages of Gene Colan's story in the issue.)

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