Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Metropolis Gallery will host another opening at their Midtown location. “The Masters of Fantasy show features original art by Frank Frazetta, Jeff Jones, Greg Hildebrandt, Ken Kelly, Michael Golden, Phil Hale, Bernie Wrightson and many more amazing pop culture and comic artists,” Zurzolo explained.

“Join us Friday, October 9th, 6:00 - 10:00pm for our opening reception. ​Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided for your enjoyment,” said Rob Pistella, Curator.

Metropolis Gallery is located at 36 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, only a 10 minute walk from New York ComicCon. The gallery opening continues through the weekend Saturday, October 10th 12:00-8:00pm and Sunday, October 11th 12:00-5:00pm. After NYCC, the gallery will be open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

See you next week!

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Heritage Auctions ( - Fantastic Four, Hulk & Love and Rockets Original Art this Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Jack Kirby - Fantastic Four "Blastaar the Living Bomb Burst" Storyboard #58 Original Animation Art (DePatie-Freleng, 1978)

Gary Frank and Cam Smith - Hulk #404 Splash Page 1 Original Art (Marvel, 1993)

Jaime Hernandez Love and Rockets #34 "Wig Wam Bam, Part 2" Page 18 Locas Original Art/Partial Stat (Fantagraphics, 1990)

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World renowned fantasy artist Tom Baxa writes and illustrates  Zombie Coven, a gritty horror novel about an ancient coven of zombies spreading their unholy disease into the dark recesses of the city, ensnaring the lost women trapped there, and eviscerating the men who corrupted them.

Tom Baxa has been creating fantasy creatures that haunt the imagination as an illustrator for over 27 years. His work has a creepy and often disturbing edge that appeals to fantasy and horror fans alike. Baxa has launched a Kickstarter at to bring Zombie Coven to life.

“This is a dream project for me. I’ve always wanted to do a full blown, no-holds-barred, horror book with no one looking over my shoulder,” says Baxa. “Zombie Coven is an idea that’s been brewing for a while and it’s exploding onto the page and canvas as you read this.”

Zombie Coven is more than just the typical monster wreaks havoc story. It also explores the human psyche with all of its dark desires, hidden secrets, and flawed belief systems; as well as its potential for goodness, love and connection. But don’t let all this literary talk fool you, Zombie Coven is definitely a horror story full of dread, creepy happenings, inhuman threats, and insanely evil Zombies!

Kickstarter: As Wicked and Raw As You Love It: “Kickstarter is a godsend because it allows artist like myself to do what we do best: delve into our creativity and pull out all kinds of cool, dark, original ideas. No publisher, marketer, or book buyer telling us it’s too dark and it won’t sell. You and I love horror, and together we can make Zombie Coven a reality through Kickstarter.  We don’t need anyone else!” says Baxa.

A Novel and an Art book:  Zombie Coven is an illustrated novel, which means it’s a word filled fiction novel (not a sequential art graphic novel); and it’s also a large format art book filled with pages of jaw-dropping art. Each book comes with a signed bookplate, and there’s even a reward tier to have Baxa do an original sketch inside. 

Support horror and the creative arts: join the Kickstarter and be a part of the Zombie Coven!  Check out all the great rewards including: the signed book, original art, prints, zombie statues, an instructional painting dvd, and more at  Images and synopsis available upon request.

Premium Member of the Week :: Joe Lefanu

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Ireland, studied in the U.S. for a few years, and now work as an academic. I grew up on British and American comics, and was drawn to the artwork, but my own collection is of illustration art, partly because I love color. I mostly collect covers and interiors from post-WW2 "men's adventure magazines", some paperback cover art, and occasionally vintage pin-ups and advertising. If I could afford it I would also love to collect artwork from the original pulps.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

It's hard to pick one piece, but I guess it would be Mort Kunstler's interior for Stag Annual from 1972. He's an amazing artist, and I love the strong composition of the piece, as well as the level of detail in the wild background scene -- including that tiled floor! And it's like a sleazier version of the WW2 artwork in the comics I grew up reading.

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

I think I bought my first piece some time in 2008. It was only around then that I realized that there were specialist auctions where you could find illustration art. The books that appeared in the 2000s on men's adventure magazines also piqued my interest in that genre.

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

I have framed a few pieces for my office, but most stuff is in large plastic folders of the kind that artists use.

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

Pretty much any Norman Saunders or Rafael de Soto cover from the pulp era, or one of their later Men's Adventure covers.

Allen Anderson's "War Maid of Mars" cover for Planet Stories.

Any Harold McAuley cover for Amazing Stories.

John Duillo's cover for Man's Action, June 1969.

Mort Kunstler's "Hell Surfers" cover from For Men Only from July, 1967.

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