Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This week the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced it will be established in Los Angeles, after previously exploring possible sites in San Francisco and Chicago. The museum will host the art and film memorabilia collection of filmmaker George Lucas who is funding the $1 billion project. A longtime collector, Lucas has over 10,000 pieces including work by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, R. Crumb, Carl Barks, and naturally plenty of Star Wars related art. More information about the museum is available on their website...

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Love & Rockets, Pep & Marvel 1602 Original Art This Sunday

A Few Sample Lots:

Jaime Hernandez - Love and Rockets #33 Story Page 4 Maggie and Hopey Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1990)

Harry Lucey - Pep #188 Complete 6-Page Story Original Art (Archie Comics, 1965)

Gabriele Dell'Otto - Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #5 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 2007)

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



Premium Member of the Week :: Damon Wright

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, still living here, a great place to live.  I started working full time the summer between my junior and senior years of high school and have never looked back.  (Senior year was tough with that many work hours, but hey... we do what we must... sleeping at lunch helped.)

Happily married since 2011 to my brilliant, gorgeous, hilarious wife, Shamika.  We have similar interests which makes it easy...movies, television, trips when we can, shops, art fairs, good food, fun food, family, and friends.  And of course, our spoiled (er, loved) dog, The Butch.  A 38 lb. Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix of stubborn muscle.

I'm a Business Analyst for an inventory company, started there in 1992, in the call center, working nights.  Worked days waiting tables.  Worked my way through and up to the position I now hold.  Left for a few years to work somewhere else, loved it... but the IT landscape is tough, lots of bad leadership... so I found my way back to my original employer, to our mutual satisfaction.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

OK, this is tough. One favorite?  I'm gonna have to cheat a bit. My current favorite is Storm "Not a Goddess Anymore" by Fred Ian.  That should be the one shown in the preview.  A great, passionate talent, and someone I'm happy to follow, support, and call my friend.  I love it was his first North American commission, and that makes me proud.  What puts it over the top is how much my wife loves it, too.

An extremely close second, is my Daredevil page by Lee Weeks. Iconic page, legendary artist, great man. It was such a pleasure to meet him in Detroit and purchase this from him.

I started collecting original art around 1992. I brought a poster, Mike Allred's Madman "who did what" poster, to be framed.  Tom, the gallery owner, and I started talking comics, etc. He showed me some of his original art collection, and I was off and running. He had (and hopefully still has) some amazing pieces. He introduced me to Mitch Itkowitz's Graphic Collectibles, and I went a little nuts.

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

I started collecting original art around 1992. I brought a poster, Mike Allred's Madman "who did what" poster, to be framed.  Tom, the gallery owner, and I started talking comics, etc. He showed me some of his original art collection, and I was off and running. He had (and hopefully still has) some amazing pieces. He introduced me to Mitch Itkowitz's Graphic Collectibles, and I went a little nuts.

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

I have 46 pieces framed on the wall (in our small 1600+ sq. ft. home) all done professionally, archival.  Tom did the vast majority of framing, the rest by a different local frame shop as Tom has closed his gallery.  I have a couple portfolios for the rest. I have thirteen more pieces in the queue to be framed as the money presents itself... which is hard to prioritize... as plumbing breaks, drywall disasters hit, wheels crack in potholes, etc...

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

OK, as far as what I could realistically (probably) afford:

  1. Abby from Stray Toasters by Bill Sienkiewicz, to go with Egon and Dahlia (you can see them in my gallery on CAF).  You can see the Abby piece in my want list on CAF.
  2. Boyd Crowder from Justified by Bill Sienkiewicz, to go with Raylan, which I purchased from Bill in Detroit. My first time meeting him, awesome! You can also see Boyd in my want list on CAF.
  3. I'm greedy for Jim Aparo art, early to mid-80s is tops for me, or earlier but that is usually out of my price range. (He is my favorite Bat-artist, followed closely by Norm Breyfogle.)
  4. Storm (mohawk) by J. Scott Campbell. I passed on a gorgeous portrait on eBay some years ago.  Regretted it ever since.
  5. Really good Daredevil art. Lee Weeks and David Mazzucchelli are tops, but if it captures that DD spirit, soul... I dig it.

 

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