Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Dear Comic Art Fan,
Starting today the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS) will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai's insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.
Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O'Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell, and many more.
Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS' online auctions. The CAPS ebay page can be found at the link...
See you next week!
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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby and Battle of the Planets art in Sunday's Auction
A Few Sample Lots:
Jaime Hernandez - Mechanics #2 Penny Century Story "On the Road Ag'in" Page 2 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1985)
Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "A Monster Among Us" Storyboard Original Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)
Win Mortimer - Battle of the Planets #10 Cover Original Art (Whitman, 1980)
Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…
ComicConnect Original Art Auction Ends Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7PM EDT
“We’re offering a host of fun and exciting original art pieces that collectors and investors have gone ape for,” said Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments for the world record holding auction house. “We have items up for grabs from some of the biggest names in comic book art. Bid now and often as the auction ends Monday at 7 PM EDT.”
Top items in the auction include:
· X-Men #20 page by Werner Roth and Dick Ayers
Original Art & Memorabilia Session ends March 10 from 7pm - 12am EDT.
“Do not miss over two dozen Sean Chen pieces up for grabs with no reserve,” Reynolds exclaimed. “His art is worth a second look and more than a few bids.”
As always, ComicConnect does not charge buyer's premiums. Simply pay the winning bid and shipping. “ Now is the time to consign to our next Event Auction. We offer generous cash advances and have over five million dollars ready for you,” Reynolds said.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Josh McCoy. Currently I'm the Radio Frequency Manager for a SCADA manufacturer and automation solutions provider for the water and wastewater industry located in Melbourne, FL. My full-time job, however, is as a husband to my beautiful wife and father to my three children, two rambunctious boys, six and four years-old, and a darling one year-old little girl.
I started collecting comics in the late 80s after being introduced to them by a friend's older brother. I walked into their house one day and was awed by a Ping Pong table that was covered in long boxes full of comics. And while my friend's brother did his best to sell me on Rom: Spaceknight, it was his collection of Uncanny X-Men comics that instantly drew me in. Chris Claremont! John Byrne! John Romita, Jr! Marc Silvestri! Luckily he was kind enough to lend me piles of issues at a time. From that point on I was an avid collector up until my final years of college. Actually the first Christmas gift my wife gave me after meeting at the University of Central Florida was Marvel Universe by Peter Sanderson. I detoured away from comics for a few years, except for the occasional trade paperback, but have begun my second phase by diving back into the X-Men books, the New 52 Batman and The Sixth Gun to name a few.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
This is almost impossible to answer, it's like being asked to pick my favorite child! I love them all, but depending on the day, I may like one a bit more than the others. I could look at my Tim Sale page from Spider-Man: Blue, Book One endlessly. A modern twist on a classic point in Spidey history! The Stuart Immonen/Wade von Grawbadger page from All-New X-Men #5 just amazes me because the art totally captures the essence of my favorite character, The Beast, so well. However, the reimagining of the cover for Uncanny X-Men #167, which was done by Chris Ivy, has found a special place in my collection. The stars aligned on that piece, the right artist for the concept and Chris really felt a connection to Paul Smith's original work, a book he recalled purchasing off the spinner rack.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I'd picked up a piece or two over the years as I was building my comic collection, but I really consider myself fresh to the world of original art. Finding this special community that Bill created really ignited my fire and inspired me to truly dive in this past year. The number of people I've met through CAF, who not only share my passion, but are just quality individuals is amazing. I can't thank them enough for sharing their wealth of knowledge, their art and their friendship with me.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few select pieces framed at home. The rest of the pieces are kept safely in Itoya art folders, tucked away from wandering crayons. The downside about comic art is that it can be hard to explain the difference between it and a coloring book to a four year-old.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I recently started a commission series called The "Iron" Throne, a mash-up of A Game of Thrones/Marvel Universe, which involves a Marvel character claiming a throne made up of pieces of Iron Man's armor. It would be a dream to have piece done by Art Adams.
A page from Marc Silvestri's run on Uncanny X-Men. That run cemented my love of comics.
A cover from Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend's run on the X-books. Easily one of my favorite art teams and two of the nicest guys in the business!
A George Perez page featuring The Beast. Few have ever drawn him better.
A page from the Marvel comic adaptation of the movie Willow by Bob Hall. My father purchased these books for me to help ease the pain of our move to Florida when I was 12. Nostalgia gets you every time!
View Joshua McCoy's Gallery