Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

With less than a week away from Comic-Con International, I hope everyone is packed and ready. Their website reports that the convention is completely sold out of tickets which means crowds are going to bigger than ever. It's important at times like this to plan accordingly. Figure out which artists you want to hit up for a sketch, which art dealer is holding the grail piece that would make your collection hang together, and which celebrity would totally hang out with you and your friends after their panel finishes... The rest of us not fortunate enough to go will wait with baited breath to see what kind of art the con produces.  

Finally, CAF would like to extend its condolences to the Kubert family, whose matriarch, Muriel, passed away last week. In addition to being an inspiration for Hawkgirl, Muriel Kubert co-founded with her legendary husband the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, whose alumni include their sons Adam and Andy Kubert as well as many other great comic artists. The sympathies of the entire comic art community go out to her family and friends.

See you next week.

Colin Solan
CAF Assistant 

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Premium Member of the Week :: Jamo's Art

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.


My name is Jamo Nezzar; I have been a comic addict since I was six years old. At that age my dream was to look like a superhero. I used to read my best friend's comics since I never had money to buy any at the time. But he was kind enough to give me some to keep. As I got older the desire grew in me and I decided to take up bodybuilding and realize my dream eventually to look like Batman and Superman and become a top Pro bodybuilder. Moving from Algeria (North Africa) to London gave me the opportunity to get more into comics and start collecting them. I'm the CEO of a fast growing social fitness network. When I'm not working 16 hours a day, I spend my time collecting art and networking with artists and other collectors.


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


I have many pieces that I love but my most treasured piece is a Dale Keown splash page from Hulk #392 that I bought four years ago. The reason I like it is because the Hulk is so overpowering you can’t stop looking at him when it's in front of you. My collection has grown in quality as the years have passed. Though I find myself buying some really bad pages and selling some amazing pieces, because you thought it was right at the time and a day later you kick yourself for doing it. But as you evolve like in anything you gain experience. Now I only collect covers and splash pages.


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


I was a comic collector for 22 years, but one day as I was buying an Ultimate Spider-Man from Ebay, something happened... AN OBSESSION STARTED, ALSO A VERY EXPENSIVE HOBBY WAS ABOUT TO BANKRUPT ME!! When I bought my first original page, I thought, "Wow this is so cool!" It was a page from Amazing Spider-Man #384 by Mark Bagley. Three years later here I am hunting the best pages in the business dealing and trading. My goal is to build one of the best collections in the world, and one day fly in Dale Keown and J. Scott Campbell to sit and draw for me anything I want. lol lol



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


Funny you asked this question; I have spent close to 13K in the past framing and matting art that I displayed all over the house. Now I have in it a safe place in plastic sleeves. You never know who can break into your house and take the whole thing. Art is getting more expensive and some art is very valuable. I think it’s the best investment that someone can make if you know what you doing.


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


I’m looking for the cover to Danger Girl #7 by J. Scott Campbell. The word around town is that it was bought four years ago for $27K by some collector in Asia.


I’m also looking for Dale Keown splash pages and Pitt covers. Any pages from J. Scott Campbell from the Danger Girl series that was his best stuff. Any Whilce Portacio Hulk splash pages.


As far as commissions I would love a commission from, Dale Keown, Brett Booth (he hates drawing superheroes apparently), Mike Deodato (coming soon), Ed Benes, and a Spider-Man from Stephen Platt.


I also hunt new talent and have them draw for me as I like supporting starving artists, especially when you know they are going to be huge some day.

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