Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dear Comic Art Fan,

San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner! As always CAF editor-in-chief Bill Cox will be hanging out at the Splash Page Art booth (#4400). Stop by and say hello! Splash Page will host several signings with their roster of artists including Brad Walker, Sina Grace, Edgar Salazar, and Jock! Get more details at the link...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions ( - Jack Kirby, John Buscema & John Romita Sr. Original Art in Sunday’s Auction

A Few Sample Lots:

Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "Blastaar the Living Bomb Burst" Storyboard #74 Original Animation Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)

John Buscema - Wolverine #7 "Mr. Fixit Comes To Town" Page 9 Hulk Original Art (Marvel, 1989)

John Romita Sr. - Doctor Doom's Revenge #1 Cover Preliminary Artwork Spider-Man and Captain America Original Art (Marvel/Paragon Software, 1989)

Also check out our new HERITAGE COMIC ART MARKET here…

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Press Release:

Anthony's Comic Con Across America! Find us at San Diego Comic Con 2015 set up at booth #5507 against the wall in Hall A.

 It's that time of the year again where I head out for San Diego Comic Con and drive my inventory across America. What makes it fun and worthwhile is doing business along the way with my customers. I'll be leaving New Jersey Monday (6/29) and heading through Pittsburgh PA, Columbus OH, Indianapolis IN, St Louis, MO; Oklahoma City, OK; Amarillo, TX; Albuquerque, NM; and stopping in Phoenix, AZ for a special one day show at Jesse James Comics on Thursday (7/2.) From there I'll be in Los Angeles CA Saturday through Monday morning (7/4 - 7/6) available to meet with people including a stop at Chuck Costas' Art Collector Cook Out on Saturday . If you are going to be at Chuck's let me know with wants so I can have them unpacked and available.

After that it's on to the main event -the San Diego Comic Con International - Wednesday through Sunday (7/8 - 7/12) Attendees, let me know with wants so I can pull and reserve them for you . I'll be arriving there Tuesday (7/7) so if you're in the area and would like to get together before the Con, let me know!  I'm set up at the same 4 booth spot as always, against the wall in Hall A booth #5507


After the Con, I'll be travelling back through Yuma AZ, Tucson AZ, El Paso TX, San Antonio TX, and stopping in Houston TX at a pop up event at my friend Robert’s store the Pop Culture Company on Friday and Saturday (7/17 & 7/18.) After that it's the home stretch, I'll be passing through New Orleans, LA; Meridian, MS; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; and finally back home to New Jersey on Tuesday (7/21).

 If you are anywhere on this cross country route and would like to meet up, email or call/text me at 917-821-8893. I'm always happy to do a deal buying, selling, and trading original comic book art, comics, CGCs, and collectibles.

Jesse James Comics
10620 N 43rd Ave #7, Glendale, AZ 85304

San Diego Convention Center BOOTH 5507 HALL A

The Pop Culture Company
11313 Katy Hwy, Houston, TX 77079

Premium Member of the Week :: * Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in London, UK. My collection of comic and illustration art is quite eclectic and varied. It contains art from a number of different countries but focuses mainly on gothic, horror, romance and sexual themes. I think that the distinction between comic/illustration art and other modes of visual expression - from fine art to pornography - is quite a fluid one. The separation of comic art from other forms of art also throws up a number of interesting contradictions (common in the art world, where creativity is sold as a commodity.) For example, various aspects of the comic art making process are disregarded as non-integral to the work itself, or even as defects, by the traditional comic art collector, who applies the same criteria of 'pristineness' to comic art as he would to the printed comic. Thus 'whiteout' (basically tipex) is seen as a defect by some collectors, even though it is effectively a form of paint, and a means by which the artist(s) have expressed themselves. Similarly, the distinction between 'original' versus 'production' art (particularly in the case of comic covers from 60s to 80s) is a problematic one. Original cover drawings, lacking any paste up titles, word balloons etc are attributed a much greater (financial) value than covers made up of stats, plus original hand drawn world balloons and titles - as well as inked 'touch ups' and whiteout. This is despite the fact that the latter constitute the only real 'original' of the comic cover, since these elements were not together in this configuration at any other stage of the creative process before printing. This contrast greatly with the situation in other artistic endeavours (e.g. street art, pop art) where mechanically reproduced prints, perhaps with minor variations, are still seen as 'original'. There is perhaps little logic to this, and I can imagine that it is a situation that could change, as the world of comic art comes to integrate with the wider art world.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

One of my favourite pieces (without nudity) is a cover illustrating this point, made up of 60% stat art and 40% hand drawn art.

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

I’ve been collecting comic/illustration art for about ten years.

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

I store my art in large ring binder art files with each piece in a plastic sleeve.

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

I’m particularly keen on acquiring more Mexican art from the sixties and Italian art from the seventies.

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