Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This weekend is HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, one of the best comic book shows in the country, particularly for those in search of art and sketches. However, there will no doubt be a shadow of melancholy cast in the absence of longtime convention staple, Mike Wieringo. In an effort to pay tribute to the late, great artist his brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Suzanne Wieringo, have founded the 'Ringo Scholarship, which ultimately will grant students a full year of tuition at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Sketchbooks, select original art, and sketches done by industry friends, including Jeff Parker, Craig Rousseau, Cully Hamner, and Richard Case, will be sold during HeroesCon in order to raise funds for the scholarship. Additionally, the Hero Initiative has advance copies of Mike Wieringo's final work, a Fantastic Four themed issue of What If?, and some of the creators who helped complete it on hand for signings. Please stop by both tables at the convention and help both honor a fantastic talent and hopefully create a new one.

 

See you next week!



Premium Member of the Week :: JAUME VAQUER MESTRE

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

 

I'm 41 years old. I live in the Mediterranean island of Majorca, Spain. I'm a pharmacist but I also work for a comics news magazine very similar to the missed Amazing Heroes (well, now we have color) called Dolmen, it's very popular here. Plus, I have published some comics in Spain and I'm planning to publish some more soon. I'm married and have two sons and a daughter.

 

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

 

Just one? That's a tough question. I guess that my favorite would be Ken Barr's Doc Savage #4 cover. I loved that issue when I was a kid and looked at that cover many, many times. In 2003 I contribute to an exhibition about 70s Marvel comics with many pieces from my collection. I used some copies of covers I really liked as a prop. That cover was one of them. And very shortly after that, I discovered who had it and that it was for sale. It's framed, of course, and I look at it many, many times every day.

 

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

 

In Spain there's no tradition of charging money for the sketches in conventions. So I loved to get sketches in graphic novels or some sketchbooks. Besides, I loved to see the exhibitions of original art in the Barcelona convention or in some comic book stores. So when I began to work after finishing university I began to collect original art. My first piece was purchased after reading an ad in CBG and making an international phone call to the seller. It was 1992. Now, internet, e-mails, has made it easier for European collectors to get American original art. But it wasn't until the end of 1999 that I began to build seriously my collection...

 

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

 

I have some pieces professionally framed with anti-UV glass; others are in some cheap frames that permit me to change the art from time to time. But most of them are in portfolios. I love to just take one, any one, and sit down and look at the pieces.

 

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

 

I'm always looking for too many things but right now and in no particular order...

 

1 - Steranko: a good page from Captain America or Nick Fury

 

2 - Dave Stevens: a good page from Rocketeer, preferably with Betty.

 

3 - Ray Moore: a daily or Sunday from The Phantom with the Phantom and Diana Palmer or other woman.

 

4 - Neal Adams: a page from his Avengers run

 

5 - Mike Kaluta: a page from The Shadow

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