Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dear Comic Art Fan,

In one week CAF is changing the way we deliver this weekly comic art mailing. The option to manage your subscription will no longer be a part of editing your Profile on CAF. You can subscribe and unsubscribe via Mail Chimp. If you wish to continue to receive this email every Thursday you will need to sign up at the following link: http://www.comicartfans.com/mailinglist.asp

As previously reported, comics legend and Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson made an anonymous return to the comics page a few months ago in collaboration with Stephan Pastis of Pearls Before Swine. The original artwork of the three strips featuring Watterson's work has been sold at auction for a combined total of more than $74,000 with the proceeds being donated to Team Cul de Sac, a charity which benefits Parkinson's research. Congratulations to the winners as Watterson originals are rare to find on the open market. Read more on the Washington Post's Comic Riffs...

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Fantastic Four, Alfred E.Neuman and X-Men Trading Card Art This Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Jim Lee - X-Men Trading Cards Series I - Domino/Multiple Man Original Art (Marvel-Impel, 1992)

Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "The Menace of Magneto" Storyboard #39 Original Animation Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)

Mort Drucker - "Alfred E. Neuman" Illustration Original Art (EC, 1988)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…



Premium Member of the Week :: Mark Geier

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Normal, IL where I work in the Systems department at State Farm. I've been collecting comics since 1974, and wished I would have discovered this site sooner. I've really enjoyed "meeting" some of the collectors on here and have also got connected to some artists I may not have had the chance to otherwise.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

It's always hard to pick one, but I would have to lean towards the JLA #111 splash page for sentimental reasons. JLA #111 was the first book i bought that really hooked me into collecting comics so the issue has always had a special spot with me. I've got a handful of pages from the book now, but there's nothing like a page 1 splash from a story like this.

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

I attended my first convention, the old Chicago Comicon, back in the mid-80s. While I was there, I bought a Groo sketch from Sergio. It had never dawned on me before then that artists may be at the show selling pages or sketches, I just figured there would just be a bunch of dealers there. And to get a piece of art from someone whose worked I loved not only in Groo but in Mad when I was growing up, really sparked something in me about taking home that art. The next few years I would take a sketch pad and get autographs and sometimes a doodle from some of the guests. It was so great to have something from the artists that I loved and easier than carrying around a bunch of books to be signed. After graduating college and getting a real job, I switched to buying pages of art and getting paid commissions from the artists. It probably only took a couple of years before I was spending more money at the shows on art than buying back issues.

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

I probably have 20 or so pieces framed and hanging up, mostly in my den and a couple in the family room.  Framing just gets to be expensive, plus lack of wall space, so the rest are in portfolios that can be pulled out and enjoyed.

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

The first is easy....any pages from JLA #111 that I don't have yet. Probably won't be possible but I would love to have the full issue someday.

I've been lucky to get pages from many of the artists I like, so I guess that the most WANTED would be those "grail" items I may not have the chance to afford but can always wish for:

A Charles Schulz Peanuts strip

A Legion of Super-Heroes splash or cover by Dave Cockrum or Mike Grell

A Neal Adams cover or splash (preferably from Batman or Green Lantern)

An Alex Ross painting

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