Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Far too long have inkers been the backbone of comic art world, refining and embellishing the penciller's work, while not getting the recognition they deserve. Kevin Smith added insult to injury by introducing the world to the term "tracer" in the film Chasing Amy. However, Bob Almond is taking matters into his own hands by creating the Inkwell Awards in order to help bring attention and appreciation to his fellow inkers. Joining him on the awards committee are Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, and Bill Nichols, as well as our fellow CAF members, Tim Townsend, Jim Tournas, and Daniel Best. The voting is open to the public with polls closing on May 30, 2008. So please take a moment to visit their website and give your favorite inkers some love.

See you next week!

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Premium Member of the Week :: Colorado Kid

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in California and grew up all over the world.  My career is on Wall Street where I am a lead portfolio manager for two Mutual Funds.  I go by “Colorado Kid” on CAF to allow for some personal space, though I have met many art collectors through CAF who are now my friends.

2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?

That one’s easy.  My Captain America 155 origin page.  There are just so many memories I go back to when I see that page.  The Cap 145 cover is a close second, though.

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

I was at a friend’s house with my brother in 1976 when we decided to walk across the street to a garage sale.  I found a beat up copy of Captain America #153 for a nickel an snapped it up.  The art was amazing and the storyline was killer.  I was hooked.  My brother and I would get up at 5am every Saturday and go to the flea market, literally running through the isles looking for old comic books.  I remember one day coming across an entire pick-up truck full of 12 cent Marvel comic books on sale for 5 comics for a quarter!  What a great memory!

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

I frame copies and keep the originals in a vault at the bank to protect them from the elements.  Sometimes I’ll take a weekend to go through the originals, appreciate the inks, and walk down memory lane.

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

The first two comics I ever read were Captain America #153 and #155.  So, the covers or any pages from these two books are at the top of my list.  Next on the list would be a great Kirby/Sinnott page of Cap.  Finally, I’m on the hunt for a Silver Surfer page by Kirby or Buscema, preferably inked by Sinnott.  Cheers!

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