Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

 This month's Sketchbook theme honors the newspaper comic strips from which the comic book medium originally evolved. Coincidentally, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed announced this week that he will be retiring after 30 years in the business. Best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bloom County, his characters Opus the Penguin and Bill the Cat went on to star in Outland and Opus, as well as children's books including A Wish For Wings That Work and The Last Basselope. Beginning October 12, Breathed will hold a contest on his website for fans to guess Opus's final fate.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

Premium Member of the Week :: T B

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.  

Well I guess I'll start with the basics; I'm 24 and live in the Baltimore area where I work for a local Proctor and Gamble site. I've lived in Maryland most of my life except for a short stint in West Virgina for college. When not working I tend to spend most of my time with my girlfriend of seven years; hiking, going on road trips, and checking out as much live music as I can, provided work doesn't interfere. I also spend some of my time focused on my writing but that has fallen to the side a little bit in the past few months.

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

I'd have to say my favorite piece is probably my Tony Moore Walking Dead commission. I'm a huge fan of the book and his art was what caught my eye in the beginning. From those early issues, the part where Rick is running through zombie infested Atlanta in the rain probably ranks among my favorite. So when I managed to get on his list in New York I told him "Rick, Zombie, Hatchet, Rain" and that piece was the result. I was just blown away by it and it was my first con piece as well so it just kind of knocked me over all around. Really looking forward to catching him again and grabbing another. Although I'd say it'd be pretty difficult to get me to part with my Mouse Guard sketches or my Oliver Nome commission.

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

Well I guess I've been collecting art for about two years and I sort of stumbled into comic art about a year and a half ago. I'm a pretty big fan of the pop surrealism style of art (Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki etc) and comics so James Jean's art was something of a natural fit for me. I started off buying up quite a few James Jean pieces and somewhere along the way I traded out a James Jean commercial illustration for 4-5  pieces. That's really what got me going in comic art. From there I started picking up some pieces from my favorite artists. Being the age that I am and not really having a huge amount of money I've since been mostly priced out of the James Jean market, but with comic art I have enough cash to get a lot of the pieces I want so I've kept myself happy that way.

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

Right now most of my art is stored in portfolios with plans to frame some of it. A lot of my James Jean art was framed, but I have none of that left so it's all in a portfolio now. I do have plans to frame my Tony Moore and David Petersen sketches and the next piece I'm paying for is a likely candidate as well.

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

 #1 A full blown Jim Cheung DPS commission. I love Jim's work and there's not much I'd like more than a big DPS of great Jim Cheung action. His Secret War DPS from the Illuminati series is a good example of what I'd like to get. I know it's a fantasy as It'll never happen, but I'd love have a commission like that done.

#2 Uncanny X-Men #328 cover by Joe Madureira...probably one of if not my favorite issue from his run on the book and snagging this cover would be a real treat. Although I've never seen it and have no idea at all who has it.

#3 Uncanny X-Men #101 cover or pg 7 by Dave Cockrum - Probably one of the greatest X-Men covers and moments of all time. It's so unrealistic to think the cover would turn up and be affordable by me or unreasonable to think the owner of pg 7 would ever consider parting with it, but really just one of my absolute favorites.

#4 Amazing Spider-Man #40 probably my favorite Spidey cover - it doesn't get much more classic than this.

#5 Uncanny X-Men #137 cover by John Byrne - this is hands down the piece I'd probably want above all others. This was always my favorite issue of X-Men and I absolutely adore this cover. I know I'll never own it but if I ever hit the lottery then I'm hunting this thing down for sure.

Honorable mention - A full blown Walking Dead commission from Tony Moore with Rick and his son fending off a ton of zombies.

Also I'd love to get a full on commission from David Petersen as well. I love his work and would love to get a big private commission done.

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