Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This past week the comics industry lost two titans. First was the passing of Al Feldstein; as an artist and longtime editor of Mad Magazine, he influenced not only comic book creators but the comedy world as well. Under his tenure the freckle-faced Alfred E. Neuman became the iconic mascot of the magazine and a national touchstone. After retiring from Mad Mr. Feldstein spent his later years painting western landscapes in Montana. But he remained an elder statesman of the industry making many appearances at conventions. Read his New York Times obituary at the link...

The second notable passing was that of Dick Ayers, a stalwart member of the early Marvel bullpen, known for his war comics, particularly Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos, and Western titles including the original Ghost Rider, Rawhide Kid, Outlaw Kid, and Two-Gun Kid. He was also a noted inker particularly when paired with Jack Kirby. Read his obituary in the Washington Post's Comic Riffs here...

Comic Art Fans extends our sincere condolences to each of their families and friends.

See you next week.

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Dave Cockrum, Dave Ross & The Bungle Family Art in this Sunday’s Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Harry J. Tuthill - The Bungle Family Daily Comic Strip Original Art Group (McNaught Syndicate, 1942)

Dave Ross and Tim Dzon - Avengers West CoastPromotional Image Original Art (Marvel, 1991)

Dave Cockrum - Eerie #36 Story Page 7 Original Art (Warren, 1971)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…



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Press Release:

Big Wow Comic Fest's 2014 Programs & Panels schedule will be jam packed with Artist Demonstrations, Cosplay Instruction and fun, Creator Interviews and Presentations, and so many more exciting opportunities to interact with today's most talented creators! Also, don't forget the Live Art, Superman Museum Show, Kid's Corner, and so much more going on at the show.

Drawing the Walking Dead
Artist Charlie Adlard and inker Stefano Gaudiano discuss what it is like to create the images behind the hugely successful comic and TV series The Walking Dead. Charlie will explain how his art style has evolved during his tenure on the book and how having an inker allows him to work differently now. Stefano, being the newest addition to the team, shares his experiences of inking Charlie and how this project differs from his vast number of other previous collaborations. They'll discuss the controversial "All Out War" storyline and how working on a near bi-weekly schedule for a year affected how they worked. Moderated by Mark Hay, owner of Splash Page Comic Art, art dealer for Charlie and Stefano. Sunday 11AM room A

CBLDF: You Can't Draw That! Live Art Jam 
Top creator Terry Moore, along some more guests to be announced, will create live art before your eyes. The only rule is that it would have been forbidden by the Comics Code! Join the CBLDF and these great creators as they talk censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Sunday 3PM Room B

Collecting Batman!
Holy Grails, Batman! Celebrate the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary and Big Wow! Comicfest's exclusive Batman Museum with Bill Morrison and a panel of Batman collectors! Panelists will discuss their Caped Crusader Collections, swap stories about great finds, lament the items that got away, compare notes about where they draw the line, and reveal their most sought-after, yet-to-be-collected bat-baubles! Saturday 1PM 

Working with Greg Rucka
Guest artists Michael Lark and Justin Greenwood will discuss their takes on working with writer Greg Rucka, and he with them. Michael Lark has worked with Greg on multiple occasions including Gotham CentralPunisher and their creator-owned Image title LazarusJustin Greenwood is currently working with Greg on Stumptown. Hear from both an artist's and writer's perspective as to when they know there is a good creative match on a project and why. These creators will discuss their projects and the creative process. Moderated by David Brothers Editor of Lazarus and Content Manager for Image Comics. Saturday 12PM room B

Figure Drawing with Frank Cho
Free figure drawing class open to public, headed by Marvel Comics artist, Frank Cho. Cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty will model for this drawing class. All the audience members are encoraged to draw along with Frank Cho who will critique the drawings by the audience members at the end of class. Sunday 12PM 

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 :: Mr. Ozisik

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Born in Istanbul, more or less improved my English through reading Marvel comics circa 1986-1989. I have always been a huge fan of Jim Shooter and Tom DeFalco era Marvel, and have strong interest in the star artists associated with that period. Followed Shooter, Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith into Valiant and you can see most of my current original art collection also reflects the Marvel and the Valiant of that period. Valiant remains the only publisher I am currently following, more or less lost complete interest in Marvel and DC around the mid 2000s. Big fan of Walking Dead as well as a lot of the Vertigo titles such as Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, Sandman, Y The Last Man...

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

My favorite piece is difficult to choose. Really love David Lapham's Harbinger commissions but Jeff Slemons's Rom & Starshine piece is my current grail.

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

I have started reading comics early on as my father and uncle were huge fans of Italian comics (such as Tex and Zagor) and also Conan. I quickly moved onto superheroes.

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

Some of my favorite pieces are framed and displayed on the wall. The others are in protective folders.

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

My top five would be anything from Frank Miller's Daredevil or Batman issues, David Lapham Harbinger pages, Barry Windsor-Smith Valiant and Marvel art, John Buscema Conan, and John Byrne Avengers West Coast. Always open to buy those when I can afford!

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