Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

The summer of 2008 is certainly proving to be full of comic themed blockbuster movie. After the huge release of Iron Man, superhero movies are getting bigger than ever. Never one to pass up an opportunity to capitalize on these phenomena at the height of their popularity, this month's CAF Sketchbook theme is dedicated to June's comic book flicks, Incredible Hulk and Wanted.

See you next week!

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Premium Member of the Week :: Sebastien Roy

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am in my early thirties, and live in Montreal, Canada. 2008 has been a good year for Canadian collectors, with our loonie finally at par with the US greenback. I have certainly taken advantage of it! I am an attorney but I have not seen the inside of a court in eight years! I specialize in mergers and acquisitions of public companies. I have been married for four years and am the father of two young daughters.

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

My favorite piece in my gallery is my Sandman #48 page (Jill Thompson/Vince Locke). The genius and gravitas of the series hit me while reading the "Brief Lives" trade paperback, of which Sandman #48 is a key issue. That book is now well worn from my reading, and re-reading it, through college and law school. I was thrilled when this great page became available to me, with its simple art, dialogue and layout coming together to illustrate an important point in the Sandman story. A close second (can I have a second?) is my Swamp Thing #29 page. Alan Moore's storytelling is groundbreaking, and the team of Bissette and Totleben unparalleled -- and this is a prime example from this great eighties run!

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

I have been collecting comic art since 2006. Oddly enough, a post in Neil Gaiman's daily blog led me to an eBay auction for Sandman original art by Vince Locke, who was selling some of his last pages. I did not win that auction and thought the hammer price was steep... little did I know! A few months of research led to some minor purchases from various sources but it was through my CAF membership that I seriously started learning about our addiction, er, hobby and purchasing some higher end items. Comic art collecting has also led me back to my local comic book store, as I had stopped regularly reading and purchasing comic books years ago. I now enjoy modern titles such as Ex Machina, Y the Last Man, Fables, and Walking Dead.

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

I have relatively few pieces, as I am just starting out my collection. 4 of my pieces are framed with anti-UV glass, three of which hang in my office (I was able to convince my wife to hang one in the house!). I keep the balance of my collection in an art portfolio. This being said, I want to try to frame as many pages as I can and focus my collection on pages that deserve to be framed and hung... and not just in the office!

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

I am easy. In no particular order:

(1) Sandman #8 page 1 pencilled by Mike Dringenberg , displayed in Saunter Lee's gallery. I can dream!

(2) Charles Vess Sandman page featuring Morpheus, from either Sandman #19 or #75.

(3) An early Mike Mignola Hellboy page.

(4) A V for Vendetta page featuring both V and Evey.

(5) A Dave McKean Arkham Asylum page featuring Batman.

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