Thursday, August 7, 2014
Dear Comic Art Fan,
This weekend is Boston Comic Con! For an independent convention, it has made great strides in recent years and boasts a guest list of comic creators that rivals any other in the country. Artists appearing this weekend include Sergio Aragones, Simon Bisley, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Danielle Corsetto, Adam Kubert, Ryan Ottley, Carlos Pacheco, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Cat Staggs, Babs Tarr, and so many more! More information is available on the website. Hope to see some of you there.
See you next week!
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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Fantastic Four, Conan and X-Men Trading Card Art This Sunday
A Few Sample Lots:
Jim Lee - X-Men Trading Cards Series I - Captain Britain/Psylocke Original Art (Marvel-Impel, 1992)
Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "The Menace of Magneto" Storyboard #34 Original Animation Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)
John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga - Savage Sword of Conan #40 Page 23 Original Art (Marvel, 1979)
Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Library and Information Services manager for a research centre in Cambridge. I'm 39 and have been a fan of 2000AD since the mid 80s. Although I like characters like Superman and Batman who needs them when you have the wonders of Judge Dredd and Johnny Alpha? Unlike some I kept going with 2000AD through the 90s when I was at uni, the quality has always been there so I've stuck with it through the years. As with many people my earlier comics 'disappeared' so once Ebay took off I completed my 2000AD collection and now have a rather large collection of comics, GNs, collectables and of course my lovely artwork collection!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
My Halo Jones pieces are very important to me as they represent an early memories as well as the amazing quality of the story and the artwork but my favourite is my Cam Kennedy piece of Judge Dredd from the Warlord Story in Prog 455. This is the first story I really remember from when I started reading 2000AD. Seeing someones body crumbling away obviously had an impact on the 10 year old Kevin!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Can't remember when I got my first piece but it was probably some of my Ian Gibson Daily Star Judge Dredd strips. I think when Ebay really started kicking off I realised that I could actually get some original artwork from the stories I loved. A lack of money was the only thing that stopped me buying some amazing pieces I now really wish I could have got at the time! I never went anywhere like Forbidden Planet or Comic Showcase where a lot of people managed to get some great pieces from but I have been lucky enough to get art from many places including Ebay but from some great dealers and from the artists themselves who have always been wonderful.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Virtually all of it is in a plan chest to keep them safe and flat until I am in a situation where I can display them properly. When I get my own house maybe one day I will have a proper 2000AD Library to look after. But I do keep pulling bits out to enjoy the detail of them, especially the beautiful Devlin Waugh pieces.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1) A Carlos Ezquerra Apocalpyse War page is my Number ONE desire
2) Goth Empire Nemesis the Warlock page/Dark Judges especially Judge Fear
3) Page 3 of Bryan Talbot/Alan Moores Futureshock 'The Wages of Sin'. It was on Ebay for a while many years ago but I never went and bought it and always regret it :P
4) I'd like a few pieces from a few big stories from over the years, Dredd, Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, Tyranny Rex etc
5) A nice range of artwork by various artists. Many have worked on 2000AD, I'd like to get as many as possible. I've thought about commissions but theres so much published work to get first!
View Kevin Symonds's Gallery