Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Comic book icon Mike Mignola celebrates the 20th anniversary of his creation of the paranormal investigator Hellboy. With cartoons, toys, two feature films, and many, many comics under his belt, Hellboy is one of the biggest breakout comic stars of his generation. Dark Horse Comics commemorates the occasion with a new 20th Anniversary sampler comic and a slew of exclusive giveaways to be distributed this Saturday March 22nd at participating comic shops! Mignola himself will appear at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles for a signing and collaborators including Duncan Fegredo, Dave Stewart, Fabio Moon, Scott Allie, and more will appear at other locations all around the world. For the full details read Dark Horse’s press release at the link!

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor 

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Heritage Auctions ( - Jack Kirby, Daredevil & Bettie Page art in this Sunday's Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "A Monster Among Us" Storyboard Original Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)

John Romita Jr. and Al Williamson - Daredevil #260 Page 21 Original Art (Marvel, 1988)

Jim Silke - Bettie Page Queen of the Nile #3 Painted Page 3 Original Art (Dark Horse, 2000)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…



Press Release:

Big Wow! ComicFest welcomes Hellboy creator MIKE MIGNOLA for the 2014 convention!

Mike Mignola is best known as the multiple award-winning creator, writer, and artist of "B.P.R.D." and "Hellboy", but has fostered several other projects like "The Amazing Screw-On Head" and "Baltimore" with Christopher Golden. Although he began working as a professional cartoonist in the early 1980s, drawing 'a little bit of everything for just about everybody' - including characters like Batman and Wolverine - he was also a production designer on the Disney film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". Mignola also acted as a visual consultant to Guillermo del Toro on "Blade 2" and the film versions of Hellboy, which were broadly adapted by del Toro from the original comic series. Mike Mignola currently lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

Big Wow! ComicFest - The Original Artist Friendly Convention - returns to San Jose May 17th & 18th, 2014, bringing two great days of Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Art, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Cosplay FUN! Many of the country's best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for Geek, Fans and True Collectors, everywhere! Big Wow! ComicFest is the only major comics event in the San Francisco Bay Area this year.

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Premium Member of the Week :: Erik Merkel

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Erik Merkel. I am 44 and have been collecting and reading comics my whole life. As a kid my parents had a difficult time getting me to read so my mom bought me a comic. I was enthralled by the fantastic otherworldly art and the heroic superheroes. My dad, and bless him for his superhuman patience, would stop by the local comic shop each week and wait while I read almost every new comic and bought my favorites.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

Which is my favorite?  That's like choosing which kid is your favorite! I would have to say that "Thanos Quest #2 Page 18" by Ron Lim is my favorite piece. I loved reading Thanos Quest and promised myself that if that page ever came up for sale I would purchase it no matter what. And when I was able to purchase it I was ecstatic. Of all my collecting that was my favorite moment when the seller said "Ok."

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

I have been collecting comic art since 1999. In the fall of 1998 my house flooded and I lost everything.  After six months my house was fixed and I thought about replacing the comics but then I had an opportunity to go to a comic convention where I met some of the artist of my favorite books and either purchased some sketches or original pages from them.

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

I have long since ran out of wall space to hang the art so I store my commissions and pages that are not on my walls in something called "Art-Folio" by Global Art. These are black plastic portfolios (and they come in various sizes) that are archival quality and acid free. Plus you can flip through them like a book when you want to show your art. My favorite pieces are displayed all over my walls (my house looks like an art gallery) framed and under UV protected glass unless they are oils.

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

My most wanted pages or commissions would have to be these:

1) a commission from Adam Hughes

2) Any X-Men page that features the Dark Phoenix with art by John Byrne

3) "Bearing and Hourglass" book cover art by Michael Whelan

4) Another commission from Mark Texeira

5) and another commission from Mitch Breitweiser.  He did a Dark Phoenix for me and someday he is going to do a companion piece but with good Phoenix.

View Erik Merkel's Gallery

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