Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Gallery Nucleus has two big events coming up next weekend, Saturday December 3rd, at their shop in Alhambra, CA. The first is an exclusive panel and signing with several of the artists behind Disney's latest animated feature Moana, which opens this holiday weekend. Bill Schwab, Neysa Bove, Griselda Sastrawinata, and Normand Lemay will be on hand to answer questions and sign books. Then later that same day Spectrum, the collection of the year's best sci-fi/fantasy illustrations, holds their 23rd annual book launch party. Featured artists include William Stout, Wendy Pini, Alina Chau, Chris Ayers, Shane Stover, and many more! Get all the details at Nucleus's website at the link...

Happy Thanksgiving! See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Archie’s Girls. Donald Duck & Sub-Mariner Original Art This Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Dan DeCarlo and Rudy Lapick - Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica #71 Complete Story Original Art Group of 3 (Archie, 1961)

Marty Greim - Donald Duck #249 Complete 10-Page Story Original Art (Gladstone, 1987)

Dan Adkins - Sub Mariner Illustration Original Art (undated)

Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...

Premium Member of the Week :: Mike K

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Michael Khazen and I'm a film producer from Vancouver BC. I primarily collect Modern Age comic art but appreciate all eras and would like to dip my toes into the Silver Age one day. About 25% of my collection consists of Ultimate Spider-Man artwork by Mark Bagley. I am always looking to add more of him in costume, especially pages from the early issues.  I also have an abnormal obsession with Skeletor from Masters of the Universe! The walls of my man-cave are ordained with numerous paintings of the villain.  And aside from comic art I’ve also got a sizeable Transformers toy collection.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

This is such a hard one to answer. It'd be easy to say my Todd McFarlane Spider-Man splash is my fav... Because... Well... Look at it! Or the first appearance of Ultimate Spider-Man, the series I’ve been faithfully collecting since 2001.

But truthfully, it hasn't changed since Mike Wieringo passed away. It's my cover quality Hulk vs Thing commission that Ringo did for me back in 2004; arranged by fellow CAF member Wally Herrington all those years ago. It's just so precious and bitter sweet. Very few people, if any, were able to get a cover quality commission from Mike. Mine was done right before MothComix started repping him and offering one-two character minimal background pinups only. Not to mention what a class act he (and Wally) were. You hear all these horror stories about artists not finishing commissions or taking years, while Mike had mine done before my money order even arrived in the mail. Plus, when quoting me, he priced his labor as such. "Well. Marvel pays me $XYZ for a cover. So I'll charge you $ABC."  With ABC being 25% cheaper than XYZ. Just a class act all around.

It's a big regret I did not get the chance to meet him at a con. He and his work is very much missed. So for all those reasons and more I'm going with that as my favorite.

(Editor's note: Due to space constraints the featured piece is Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man #6 p12)

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

I have been collecting comic art since 2000. I technically got my first piece in 1994 though. It was a Christmas present from my Mom; a John Byrne Avengers piece from issue 182. It's been framed since I got it, so I've never put a pic of it on CAF, or I guess, that would technically be my true favorite piece. ) At the time that I got it though, it didn't have any opposable limbs or karate chop action. So I wasn’t as stoked on it as I should be.

Flash forward six years to the year 2000, I've just graduated high school and have a lot more time to basically waste on this newfangled thing called the internet. Once I discovered eBay it didn't take long for me to look up the value of John Byrne Avengers pages. I just wanted to see. And WOW, in six years, Mom's little investment matured! This stuff wasn’t a waste of money like all my comics from the 90s were. And it was from there that I went down the rabbit hole.

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

I have some of my finer pieces framed on the wall. But 95% of my collection is art portfolios.

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

  1. Frank Quitely New X-Men Cover or Splash
  2. A Preacher page from Until the End of the World
  3. A Dan Jurgens Death of Superman interior page featuring Superman and Doomsday.
  4. Bruce Timm Joker Commission (I swear Im getting on that list this year)
  5. More Ultimate Spider-Man Artwork

View Mike K's Gallery

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