Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dear Comic Art Fan, 

Last weekend's Baltimore Comic Con was packed! Continuing a trend of convention attendances hitting new records as the mainstream embraces geek culture, it is especially heartening to see at a comic-centric con like Baltimore. The art auction went well with many collectors walking home with some great pieces featuring Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo whose 30th anniversary the con celebrated in their annual artbook. The big ticket item was, unsurprisingly, Frank Cho's contribution (seen here on his blog) which went for $1500!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor 

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Heritage Auctions ( - Brom and Elektra & Hulk original art in this Sunday's Internet Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Gerald Brom - Soul Shaker Painting Original Art (1994)

Mike Deodato Jr. and Scott Koblish - Elektra #12 Page 10 Original Art (Marvel, 1997)

Herb Trimpe and Mike Esposito - Incredible Hulk #137 Page 20 Original Art (Marvel, 1971)

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


Press Release:

Infected by Art has partnered with Comic Art Fans founder Bill Cox to create a new Infected by Art website that launched on Friday, August 30th. We'll still have the same great features we have today for running our Art Book Contest, but we're adding new concepts to the site that we feel will make Infected by Art more engaging, creating a community online for artists, collectors, and fans of the fantastic arts.

The two key elements that will make up the new Infected by Art website are the Art Challenges and Artist's Galleries.

With regards to Art Challenges , we've updated our platform for the online jurying of artwork, and made it such that we can run multiple Art Challenges at the same time. Art Challenges can be as complex as the Infected by Art book where there are fees to submit artwork with public and/or private jurying, or as simple as a free to submit Art Challenge where there is only public voting with the winner(s) receiving a predetermined prize or recognition. We're incredibly excited to be able to provide this new service for creators and fans of this art. This will provide a unique opportunity for both Artists and Publishers to sponsor their own branded Art Challenges through the Infected by Art website, to help raise awareness for their new products, projects or services.

Artist's Galleries are a natural extension of the site, and one that Bill knows alot about from his work with Comic Art Fans as well as over 20 Comic Art Dealer sites over the past several years. "There are several really nice gallery sites online today, but none that really focuses on both traditional and non-traditional Artists working in the Fantastic Arts and Imaginative Realism genre", said Bill Cox. "Because other sites that offer Artist's Galleries tend to have the level of quality diluted by aspiring talent, we're implementing a Gallery Request process. Each Artist that would like a Gallery on Infected by Art will be required to submit 3 - 6 images of their artwork along with a brief bio prior to being given access to start their Gallery." Artists accepted will be given a unique URL for their gallery to make it easy to find them online along with a creative platform to showcase their talent, whose sole purpose is to raise the awareness of the incredibly talented Artists working in this genre today.

One of the challenges for us is migrating the current site and contest over to the new website platform, and we regretted the need to shut down the contest submissions for 10 days during this process. Because of this, and our recent partnership with Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention, we've decided to extend our submission period until Sunday November 23rd at midnight PST (the last day of their 2013 Show). We know that's a large extension of the deadline but we feel we need to provide Artists wishing to submit artwork to Season Two some time to get used to the new site and features.

About Infected by Art

Infected By Art connects Artists to a Global Audience through our On-line Art Competitions, our Compilation Art Book, and On-line Artist's Galleries. Competitions we host - like our Compilation Art Book - are open to professional and emerging artists from all over the world. These live Internet competitions are driven by public voting, where social media platforms play a key role in voting for the best artwork on display. If you are looking for a unique platform to host your own online Art Competition we can help. Find out how!

On Infected by Art, Artists always retain 100% copyright control over the images they display in our Competitions and their Art Galleries. Supporting Artists is our goal and if you have a project or product that needs promoted please contact us with your press announcements!


Premium Member of the Week :: Nick Warmack

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am 36 and live in San Antonio, TX with my girlfriend. She doesn't exactly "get" my fascination with original art, but she is fairly supportive of the obsession. After many years of thinking about it I've started my own dealership website (shameless plug: I know it won't ever make me rich, but if I can connect a few people with pieces or artists they enjoy it'll be worth it. I currently represent Ryan Sook (I've been managing his website for a decade or so) and I'm in "negotiations" with a few other artists. The thing I love the most about this "hobby" (other than the art) is the connections you make along the way. I'd have to say that 99.9% of the people I've interacted with in the 15 years I've been collecting have been genuinely great people.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

This is a fairly easy question; I have many pieces that I love, but the one that makes me the happiest each time I look at it is page 5 from Hellboy: Dr. Carp's Experiment. After getting up early and waiting in line for several hours this was the first page I bought at San Diego Comic Con 2007. Even though I was 10+ people back in Mike's line I was delighted to see this still available when I got to his table. It has everything you'd want from a Mignola page: arcane symbols, creepy sound effects, plenty of black, and a nice face shot of Hellboy. Having said that, right now I'm also very fond of the Death commission I just got from Chris Bachalo.

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

It's a tale as old as time (or at least as long as the CAF newsletter has been around). I got my start in 1998 with an eBay purchase of a Joe Madureira page from Uncanny X-Men. I think the next piece I got was a Hellboy sketch I purchased from Mignola at a show in 1999 which is still hanging over my desk. As a kid I loved comics, but I never realized that you could actually buy the art used to produce them until I stumbled across a few pages on eBay. As a matter of fact, when I was nine or ten I wrote to Marvel and asked if somebody could draw Wolverine for me. I believe it was Frank Miller's cover for Wolverine #1. No surprise, but I never received a response…

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

Itoyas and CAF. I have a few smaller Mignola pieces framed, but I'm one of the guys that would rather spend the extra money on more art instead of a frame. I usually go through the portfolios every couple of weeks and of course I'll look at my own gallery on CAF. I try to have scanned and uploaded as quickly as possible. Off the top of my head I think I only have two pieces that aren't on CAF and that's only because the artist requested that they not be displayed. Nothing wrong with having a little mystery right? 

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

No particular order here, but if you've read my previous answers the first guy is no surprise.

-Mike Mignola. Anything and everything. The guy is an absolute master who has basically done everything is his career his way. If there's one particular piece it'd be the "watch & gallows" page from The Corpse, but I'm pretty sure the artist that owns it has no intention of selling it.  Still, it's my favorite page from my favorite story.

-A John Byrne/Terry Austin X-Men page. This was the run (via Classic X-Men) that really got me hooked on comics. I'd love to have a page with either a fastball special or one with Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Kitty.

-Gary Gianni's cover for the Hellboy Christmas Special.

-An Adam Hughes commission. I was SO close to getting one but I had to ask for a character that Adam said was too sexy to "tart up" (Dr. Mrs. The Monarch) even after he sketched five different preliminary poses.

-There are so many different people I could list for the #5 spot (realistic or not), but I think I'd have to go with a painting by Phil Noto.  He draws the best women in comics today hands down. Disagree? Message me. I love talking about art.

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