Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Our deepest apologies on the tardiness of this week's newsletter. In the words of the Comic Book Guy, we've got issues.

This month our Sketchbook theme pays to homage to the Vertigo Comics. For twenty years, mature readers have been titillated and enthralled by titles like Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, and Sandman, proving that comics are more than just superheroes and decidedly not strictly for children. The success of the imprint brought mainstream attention to writers Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, bringing legitimacy to the genre as a whole. Today Vertigo's success continues with accolades being heaped upon Fables, 100 Bullets and Y: The Last Man. Please be sure to share your Vertigo artwork this month.

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Premium Member of the Week :: Mike K

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a twenty five year-old movie producer and writer from Vancouver BC Canada. Within the last three years I've founded two companies and started working at both of them in some capacity. One is a visual effects company, Exile VFX, and the other is a film production company, Krimzon Productions. The visual effects company is really starting to pick up steam! (For all you sci-fi fans we recently finished up some work on Flash Gordon...) My production company however... Well, we're still doing local music videos and blue-ray wedding DVDs. We do have something big on the horizon, but in this industry, let’s just say I won’t bore comicdom with the "what-might-bes" of my life... However it's still a young company with a lot of potential and I'm very proud of what we've accomplished thus far!
The first comic book I ever read (outside of Calvin and Hobbes) was Silver Surfer 50. But it wasn't until the Death of Superman that a young Khazen got fully addicted to comics. I would later drop the hobby as soon as I hit high school. But all that changed when Ultimate Spider-Man came out and JMS started writing Amazing Spider-Man. Those two titles single handedly sucked me back into reading comics!

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

My favorite piece... Wow... That's like asking which of your children is your favourite! But if I had to pick, I'd have to go with the cover to the Dark Tower #2 Gunlslinger Born, featuring my main villain The Crimson King. Why? Because I'm bloody obsessed with him! (I named one of my companies after him for cryin out loud!) Stephen Kings seven book magnum opus, The Dark Tower, is to me, what Lord of the Rings and Star Wars is to many of you. When the Marvel previews of the cover to issue #2 came out, and I saw that image of him for the first time in all his twisted glory, my jaw dropped. I had to have it, over priced or not. It would be mine! Thank the stars Albert is a patient man as it took me damn near half a year to pay that puppy off. But that cover will goto the grave with me, so in my mind it was worth every penny. (All four hundred thousand of them..)

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

 As for what prompted me to start collecting comic art. I guess you could say I've been in this game since I was 10 years old, when I got my first piece. It was a Byrne Avengers panel page that my mom got me for Christmas. At the time, it didn't shoot anything, nor was the Chicago Bulls logo anywhere on it, so I didn't really care for it and it was forgotten about. Now some years pass and around age seventeen (2001) shortly after high school I found myself picking up comics again and discovering Ebay. Needless to say, with the help of Ebay, I started finding out that this original art I got years ago, that still doesn’t shoot lasers, is actually worth some big bucks. (Well, what were big bucks to me at the time...) This prompted me to look around cyber space for an expert to give me a definitive answer as to my page's value.  I would soon discover many dealers with affordable art that interested me enough to buy. But it wasn't until Spencers website, and his selection of Ultimate Spider-Man artwork from issue #1 on upwards, my favorite comic, that I discovered the true catalyst for my art addiction. I haven't looked back since!

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

I store my art in portfolios under my bed with some select pieces framed and hanging on my walls.  

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

1 - ANY Doomsday cover from the Death of Superman saga.
2 - The Cover to Silver Surfer 50 by Ron Lim
3 - Covers to both X-Men Alpha (Joe Mad) and Omega (JrJr)
4 - ALL Ultimate Spider-Man covers and splashes by Bagley featuring Spidey in costume   
5 - Is it too much to ask to want a simple Bill Waterson Calvin and Hobbes piece?

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