Monday, December 22, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Artist extraordinaire James Jean recently announced his departure from creating the covers of Fables and comics work in general to concentrate on more personal work. The fruits of these labors can be seen next month as Jean opens his first solo exhibition, entitled "Kindling," hosted by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. East Coasters should take advantage of this rare opportunity to rub elbows with a modern master and check out his new work at the opening reception on January 10th.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Premium Member of the Week :: Will K

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I'm 40-ish and pretty low-key; CAF is just about my only "on-line" presence.  I can't tell you much more.  Unless Wonder Woman has me in her golden lasso. 

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

Well, if you ask me... and you just did... it would have to be my World's Finest #215 cover by Nick Cardy.  Got it from Albert Moy at the 1995 Comic-Con.  As a cover, it speaks for itself, capturing DC's Big 2 and teenage rebellion.  And it was drawn by Nick Cardy.  Back then, I didn't have an "official" favorite artist.  But I really liked Nick's art.  We've become friendly over the years.  Hero worship prevents me from calling him a friend, you know what I mean.  Anyway, I think I got the comic in one of those DC 3-packs.  The story was really cool.  Art wise, the interiors by Dick Dillin and Henry Scarpelli was a weird mix.  Loved the sideburns on Superman Jr.

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

Somehow, I think collecting comic art is the next step after getting comics signed.  My very first art purchase was in the early 1980's.  It was the Deadman drawing by Mike Nasser/Netzer in my Nasser gallery.  After that, I got the Deadman sketch by Neal Adams on view in my Sketches/Commissions gallery.  Then a couple random purchases.  Then the slippery slope.  There was a time when I buying art from Mitch Itkowitz on frequent basis.

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

When I had less than 10 pieces, they were in clear bags that I clipped to a large piece of cardboard that was folded in thirds.  Every once in a while, I'd unfold the cardboard and look at my personal museum.  Currently, I don't display any art.  In general... 11 x 14 pieces are in portfolios or the usual Itoyas.  Standard comic art is in sleeves kept in a few Cisco router boxes I scavenged from the office.  Larger art is in portfolios.

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

I'm going to take a few liberties with this...

Top 5 Cardy pieces that seem to be unaccounted for

1) Aquaman #18 (Mera & Aquaman marry) cover

2) Brave & Bold #92 (w / Bat-Squad) cover

3) Falling in Love #79 cover

4) House of Secrets #95 cover

5) Young Romance #157 cover


Top 5 Black Canary & Green Arrow romance commission (with backgrounds and everything) dream list

1) Neal Adams

2) Darwyn Cooke

3) Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

4) Joe Kubert

5) Paul Smith

6) John Byrne (would you knock him off this list??)

7) Adam Hughes (or him??)


Top 5 Black Canary impossible commission list

1) Jack Cole

2) Nestor Redondo

3) John Rosenberger

4) Dave Stevens

5) David Wright

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