Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan, 

Beginning in 2015 Marvel Comics will once again have the exclusive license to publish Star Wars comic books and graphic novel. Marvel produced the original Star Wars comics in the 70s and 80s with the first issue selling over one million copies. Since 1991 Dark Horse has possessed the license and greatly expanded the Star Wars universe and explored the history of the Jedi and Sith. This move has been anticipated by many since the Walt Disney Company recently acquired both Marvel and Lucasfilm. More details can be found in Marvel's official announcement here...

In celebration of all things Jedi, this month’s Sketchbook theme is dedicated to a galaxy far, far away. Share your pages from the original Marvel run, the many titles produced by Dark Horse, or sketches and commissions by the many artists who themselves as fans. Click here to see the January 2014 Sketchbook...

See you next week!

Colin Solan 
CAF Editor 

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Heritage Auctions ( - Love & Rockets, Strange Tales & Yogi Bear art in this Sunday's Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - The Girl From H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Cast of Characters Illustration Original Art (Fantagraphics, 2007)

Jim Starlin - Strange Tales #178 Warlock Splash Page 19 Original Production Art (Marvel, 1975)

Ray Dirgo - Yogi Bear #19 Complete Story Original Art Group (Charlton, 1973)

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

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Premium Member of the Week :: Francis Chervenak

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Francis Chervenak. I have been collecting comic book art for about six years now, ever since I first took notice of artist alley at the 2007 Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia. The idea of commissioning and collecting artwork has allowed me to enhance my passion for the comic book medium. Whether it be discussing a commission or going after a cover/page, I have the chance to make a testament to the images that inspire and amaze me.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

This is a hard one. If you are going to make me pick one though, it will have to be my Humberto Ramos Superior Spider-Man commission. The Superior Spider-Man storyline brought me back to Spider-Man comics and Humberto's re-design showed a novel ingenuity through the addition of  red spider legs that perfectly compliment the Spider-Man character.

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

I was prompted to start because I had become frustrated with comic book collections becoming more and more about the innumerable variants covers that come out with each comic. It made collecting almost impossible, and while it did not take away from my pleasure of the stories, it hurt my ability to make a physical statement to my passion for comic books.

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

I keep my pieces in artistic portfolios that I flip through from time to time. With my collection already past 100 pieces, framing would be very costly and I would have little to no space on my walls left! Being able to put my gallery of CAF allows me to create a wonderful display amongst a community that cherishes original art as much as I do, if not more.

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

1. Anything Batman by Greg Capullo
2. A great homage to Todd McFarlane's sole Batman cover
3. A badass Deadpool by Skottie Young
4. An Adi Granov Iron Man 
5. A Frank Quitely Cover from his Batman and Robin run with Grant Morrison.

View Francis Chervenak's Gallery

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