Friday, April 18, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

I know, I know. The newsletter is late. Again. It's completely my fault, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. But I have a good excuse. I didn't have time to write the newsletter because I had to wake up at the crack of dawn, bang out a full day of work, take a five hour bus ride to Manhattan, schlep across the city all just to spend about two seconds SHAKIN' HANDS WITH STAN LEE!!

In honor of his contribution to the medium, the New York Comic Con gave Stan the inaugural New York Comic Legends Award. The event was hosted by Virgin at the Times Square megastore with speeches from Peter David and Joe Quesada. Also in attendance were other comic book luminaries like Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Kevin Eastman, Michael Davis, Kevin Grevioux, and Jen Grunwald. Stan made great speech full of humor and naturally shilled for his new book Election Daze. There wasn't much opportunity for the large crowd to mingle with Stan but he was kind enough to give me a smile and a handshake as he walked by, which easily made me the envy of all the other five year-olds on the playground the next day. At least that's how it felt. I never had the opportunity to meet Kirby or Eisner so I'm very happy that I got the opportunity to meet one of the last true legends of comic book history.

I hope everyone who is lucky enough to attend NYCC this weekend has a great time and brings back some great art to show off.

See you next week!

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Premium Member of the Week :: Greg Wilson

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a clerk with the United States Postal Service.  I have been with the Postal Service for about ten years.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?

My favorite piece in my gallery is the Boris Vallejo pencil piece "The Rider."  I bought this piece directly from Mr. Vallejo.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

I collected comics as a kid, but stopped in junior high.  I started collecting again in my twenties.  I started buying Russ Cochran's EC reprints and discovered that he was auctioning off original EC art.  I never thought about owning an original page of comic art until then.  The first piece I purchased was from another collector.  It was a Reed Crandall/Wallace Wood page from Thunder Agents #4.  I have been collecting original art for about twenty years.  Every piece that I have collected I still own.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

Most of my original art pieces are stored in art-sized mylar snugs.  I have several pieces framed and displayed on my walls.

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

I would someday like to obtain a Hal Foster Prince Valiant Sunday page.  I own a single panel from a Sunday page. Other items on my wish list are the following: a comic page by Frank Frazetta; a nice Virgil Finlay original; a nice Lawrence Stern Stevens original; more silver age DC art by Russ Heath, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, and Curt Swan.

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