Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Our artist members may want to take special note this week as Spectrum is currently accepting submissions for its sixteenth annual book. Established in 1993, Spectrum was created as a means of showcasing fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and other artwork that was underrepresented. Entry is open to all artists and there is no limit on the number of submissions. For more information on entries, please go to their website

Furthermore, the New York Comic Con has extended its complimentary registration deadline for professional creators until December 1, 2008. Any creators who wish to attend the convention after that deadline will need to acquire badges through their publisher or by other means. Click here for more info.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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ComicLink Original Art Auction Closes on Friday

It's time to place your bids! The Original Art segment of the ComicLink Featured Auction closes this Friday, November 21st.  This page represents a small sample of the many Original Art Highlights within the auction. Each and every lot within this auction deserves a good look so we strongly encourage you to review the items lot by lot as soon as possible!

Premium Member of the Week :: Dewey Cassell

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am married with two kids in college and, therefore, a limited budget when it comes to collecting, so I try to make the best of it.  I mostly collect pieces from comics I remember reading as a kid.  My favorite part of collecting has been meeting the artists over the years, like George Tuska, Gene Colan, Nick Cardy, and Marie Severin.  I also do a little writing.  I wrote the book, The Art of George Tuska, and I write articles regularly for magazines like BACK ISSUE and Rough Stuff.  I am currently writing a book about Marie Severin.

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

My favorite piece would be the 1948 Crime Does Not Pay splash with the gangster being buried alive.  At the time it was printed, Crime Does Not Pay was selling one million copies a month.  The art is by George Tuska, regarded by many as the premier crime comic artist.  I got the page when the high bidder backed out.  (The rumor I had him rubbed out is simply not true).

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

I started collecting comic art in the mid-1990s.  I had been a fan of the original Warren Publications' Vampirella.  When I met the inker who was working on the Harris incarnation of the character, Nathan Massengill, I started collecting his art.  Now, I mostly collect art from the late Silver and early Bronze age (typically with the Comics Code stamp). 

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

I have eight of my better pieces - the Crime Does Not Pay splash, a Graham Ingels Haunt of Fear page with the Old Witch, a splash from the origin of Cyclops from the X-Men, a Silver Surfer page by John Buscema, an Adventure Legion page, a Dial H for Hero splash, and two Superman strips - framed and hanging on my study walls.  The rest is stored away in portfolios.  That is one of the reasons I like the Comic Art Fans site.  I can see my own collection without dragging it out of the closet.

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

My biggest want would be a Marie Severin Sub-Mariner commission (something simple).  Plus, I am always interested in Crime Does Not Pay pages by Tuska, and any unpublished pages by Tuska (from any book).  I am also interested in house art from DC or Marvel (like subscription ads, often mostly paste-ups).  Finally, I love half-pages of art from the late 1960s or early 1970s (that would have had a house ad at the bottom of the page).

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