Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Dear Comic Art Fan,

This month's Sketchbook theme is Transformers in honor of their 30th anniversary! Share your sketches, paintings, and original pages of your favorite Robots in Disguise such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, or the Dinobots! They are in a bit of a renaissance over the past several years with the blockbuster movies, new animated series, and comics from IDW. Click here to view...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auction (HA.com) - Love & Rockets, She-Hulk & Fantastic Four Art in Sunday’s Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #3 "Toyo's Revenge" Page 1 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1983)

John Byrne - Sensational She-Hulk #37 Page 29 Original Art (Marvel, 1993)

Keith Pollard and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four#312 Page 4 Original Art (Marvel, 1987)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…



Premium Member of the Week :: Kyle Davis

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hello. I am Kyle Davis. I have been collecting art for about seven years now. I grew up in the small town of Tell City, Indiana.  Our little town didn’t have a comic shop so I never realized there were so many genres of comics out there. I had read some of the usual suspects like Archie when I was growing up but it wasn’t until college in 2005 that I really began to discover comics.  I have never really cared that much for superheroes since I can’t relate to them but when I discovered there was more to comics then just superheroes I was hooked.

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

My favorite piece in my collection has to be the cover to the trade paperback Bone Adventures #3 by Jeff Smith simply because I never dreamed I would be able to find a piece by Jeff.  Bone was one of the first books that I read when I first started reading comics.  By the time I got around to reading it I knew that you could own the original art but I quickly found out that the majority of Jeff’s art has been donated to the Ohio State University Library and that finding an original was harder than finding a hair on a Bone’s head.  Well as you would assume that discouraged me a little but I didn’t give up hope that one day I would own a piece by Jeff.  After searching for over two years this piece showed up on eBay and the rest is history. This is one piece that I know I would never be able to replace so it holds a very special place in my collection.

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

I first discovered that you could actually own original art while I was looking for back issues of Josh Howard’s comic Dead@17.  I was doing my usual eBay search for books I was missing when I noticed Josh had some pages from the books listed.  I thought it would be cool to own a page or two so I hit the Buy it Nows on few of them.  When they arrived I knew that I had found my new passion.  Since that time I have be an active collector of any and all things that Josh works on.  He is my favorite artist and I just can’t seem to get enough of his work.  If you peruse my gallery you will quickly see what I am talking about. As of right now I would say that about 50% of my collection is comprised of work by Josh and the other half is work that catches my eye.  I also enjoy collecting art from outside of the comic community such as art by people that work in the animation industry as well as what I consider fine art.

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

Most of the art in my collection is kept in portfolios since there is no way I would be able to display everything. There is a goodly sum of art displayed throughout the house though.  Majority of the art displayed are the pieces that I consider fine art but there are comic pages displayed as well.

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

1) Dead@17: The Thirteenth Brother Issue 4 Page 15

I have been trying to reassemble this issue for over five years now and I still don’t have any idea where this page is located.  I know where all of the other pages are from the book except this one page.

2) Dead@17: The Thirteenth Brother Issue 4 Page 10

I know where this page is but have been unable to pry it from the current owner’s hands. The current owner of the other pages I am missing has already said he won’t stop me from reaching my goal if I can acquire these two. If I can acquire these last two that would be a major accomplishment and a feat that I actually doubted could be done.  Until that time it is just a dream but I am much closer than I ever thought I could get.

3-5) Most of the time I just purchase pieces when they speak to me and at this time I am not actively pursuing anything in particular. There are a few artists that I would like to get art from at some point though such as Ken Keirns, Tara McPherson, and Jaw Cooper. I won't know if I have to have the piece until I see it but when I do I'll know.  That is one thing I love about collecting art.  You don't actually know you have a piece until you see it for the first time.

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