Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Lately many comic fans have lamented the growing presence of television and movies at conventions that were once solely dedicated to the comic book medium. It has been noted that with the rising influence of Hollywood at show like San Diego's Comic Con International or the New York Comic Con, it grows increasingly harder for indie books and artists to gain attention, if they can even afford the price of a booth. However there are still some shows that showcase comic art and artists, one of the best being the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) ArtFest.

This weekend in SoHo, MoCCA hosts a long list of comic creators including Tara McPherson, Peter de Seve, Jason, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Hope Larson, and Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman. The ArtFest is a show devoted to artists and their art. That means no dealers with long boxes of old comics or slightly mortified actors from cult TV shows; just a lot of talented folks promoting their books. And for the many sketch collectors here on CAF, it's a great opportunity to find some up-and-coming artists before they get all famous and expensive.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Assistant

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Premium Member of the Week :: Claudio Morini

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

 I'm 30 year-old collector of Italian and American original art. I live in Italy and am a Linux/Windows programmer. My girlfriend doesn't understand how I can spend my money on artwork. I love to travel and my dream is to visit the United States and attend a comic book convention.

2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?

 My favorite piece from my gallery is the "IRON MAN HEROES REBORN 7 page 1 – Portacio" because it is one of the first pieces of art that I received from an American seller and because Portacio’s artwork on this splash page is great! I love the little Hydra girl on the big Mandarin's Hand!

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

 I started to collect art nine years ago with some Martin Mystere pages, an Italian comic that was reprinted some years ago by Dark Horse. After this I began buying pages from the American series that I love like Witchblade and Avengers. The first American comic page I bought was a Thor splash by Deodato, but I traded it after fifteen days for a Texeira Black Panther page.

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

 My collection is mostly stored in some portfolios, because I live in a penthouse and I don't have enough wall space for my art.

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

  1. Sketches / panel pages / splashes by Michael Turner. I like all of this guy’s work!

  2. Pages / Splash by J. Scott Campbell. I like the Gen13 and Danger Girl work of this great artist.

  3. Pages by John Romita Jr. I like his Spider-Man pages very much!

  4. Recently I like the Tim Sale artwork. I like his Batman from Dark Victory and Mary Jane from Spider-Man: Blue. Very gorgeous!!!

  5. Pages from Image Series (Witchblade, Darkchylde, Spawn, etc) because those are the first books non-Marvel that I read.

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