Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

As manga and anime continue to become a growing influence in pop culture, more and more Americans take notice of famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle have inspired animators around the globe to step up their craft. Perhaps Miyazaki's most beloved film is My Neighbor Totoro, a charming story about two little girls who discovers woodland spirits. Miyazaki was inspired to create Totoro by the Sayama Forest near the headquarters of Studio Ghibli which today is endangered by urban development.

In an effort to help preserve the forest, Dice Tsutsumi, Enrico Casarosa, Ronnie del Carmen, and Yukino Pang organized an international group of artists and admirers of Miyazaki to form the Totoro Forest Project. Many renowned animators and illustrators have generously donated art depicting their own interpretations of a Totoro in order to raise funds and awareness for both the Totoro Forest Trust Fund and environmental conservation in general. Among the contributors are comic artists such as Scott Morse, Jake Parker, Charles Vess, and many more.

The art auction is scheduled for to be held at Pixar Studios on September 6, 2008 with a public exhibition hosted by the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco beginning on September 20. Definitely take a moment to check this fantastic art done for a great cause.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Assistant

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Premium Member of the Week :: Ryan D

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Massachussets, I am 27 years old and in retail management. 

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

My favorite piece that I have is my new Uncanny X-Men #500 cover by the late great Michael Turner. 

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

I have been collecting comics for about seven years and I started collecting art about three years ago.  How I got started was somewhat funny.  I had been reading X-Men comics for about three years and never even thought that buying the art existed.  Then I watched Unbreakable with Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson. In the beginning Jackson's character gets a comic and then it later shows him selling the cover to a customer.  I thought, "Wow I would love to own a comic cover," but thought it would be way to expensive.  So I went to ebay, typed in "X-Men cover art" to see if it was a little better priced than I thought it might be (if you can believe that).  I have been hooked ever since. 

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

There is too many X-Men covers that I would want and of course I could say that I would want X-Men #1 cover and Giant Size X-Men #1 cover and so on so instead I will list just covers by artists I would want.  I have some good covers now but I do not have any by the big six X-Men cover artists in my mind, so my dream would be to own a John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, Paul Smith, John Romita Jr, Silvestri, and Jim Lee X-Men cover.  Any one of those would be amazing for me.

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