Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Next weekend is Free Comic Book Day! Held annually on the first Saturday in May, FCBD is a celebration of the comic industry with shops across the country giving away free comics. It is the perfect opportunity to bring kids and new readers into the fold. Many comic stores also host artists and writers to appear for signings. Check out the official website for more details including which comics are being given away this year and which stores in your area are participating:

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Gil Kane, John Carter Warlord of Mars & Bettie Page Art in this Sunday’s Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Mike Vosburg and Ricardo Villamonte - John Carter Warlord of Mars #23 Page 10 Original Art (Marvel, 1979)

Gil Kane - Ring of the Nibelung #3 Page29 Original Art (DC, 1990)

Jim Silke - Bettie Page Queen of the Nile #1 Page 19 Original Art (Dark Horse, 1999)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…




Press Release:
Hartford Comic Con holds its debut show on May 31st and June 1st at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut! Joining them are comic creators including Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale, Jimmy Cheung, Joe Benitez, Jim Mahfood, Jason Pearson, Chrissie Zullo, Shawn McManus, Clayton Henry, Ron Marz, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Dexter Vines, Mark Morales, Agnes Garbowska, Craig Rousseau, Sara Richard, and many more! Plus celebrity guests like Chandler Riggs, Giancarlo Esposito, Manu Bennett, and Katrina Law will be signing autographs and taking photos with their fans. Come be part of the fastest growing convention in New England!
Hartford Comic Con will take place on May 31 - June 1, 2014 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. For more information, tickets, registration, and the complete list of guests please check out the website: and follow them on Twitter (@ HartfordCon) and Facebook!

Premium Member of the Week :: Brian Norton

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have collected comic books for almost 40 years. When I was young I would go shopping with my mother and aunt at the local five and ten. My mother would buy me some comic books so I would behave.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is the cover to All-Star Squadron #36, I am a big JSA fan and loved this run. This  beautiful cover is done by the team of Rich Buckler and Jerry Ordway and features Captain Marvel (under Nazi control) laying a beating down on Superman while the Squadron comes to his aid. I love reading all the little notes written on the cover about character placement and etc…

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

I bought my first piece, the cover to Avengers #269, for $75.00 at a comic convention at the Hotel Pennsylvania (across from Madison Square Garden) in NYC in the late 80s. I really didn't start collecting artwork until 2004. I went to a little comic convention in New Jersey, I received my first sketch from an up and coming artist by the name of Ethan Van Sciver. It was of the Captain Marvel foe, Captain Nazi. He put such beautiful detail in the piece I became hooked on collecting more artwork. I am a big JSA fan and have been lucky in the following years to deal with many artists and get pieces from them.

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

I store most of my collection in Mylar in a climate controlled room, I also have a few pages that I have framed and have hung them on my walls.

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

I am always looking for splash pages of Geoff Johns run of JSA #1-10 or any pages from issue #56 but if we are talking about unlimited funds, any of these would be a welcome addition to my collection.

1. Captain America #253 page 32 the last page splash by John Byrne and Josef Rubinstein, loved Baron Blood taking on Cap.

2. Justice League of America #203 cover by George Perez and Dick Giordano. A big fan of the Royal Flush Gang. I lost out on this piece a few years ago. It still stings.

3. Uncanny X-Men #139 page 32 last page splash by John Byrne and Terry Austin. A great splash page of the Wendigo attacking Nightcrawler.

4. Daredevil #158 (cover) by Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein. Deathstalker taking on DD. Nuff said!

5. 2000AD #224 (the splash of the dark Judges) by Brian Bolland. Brian made these characters living nightmares.

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