Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

It's t-minus one day till New York Comic Con but for everyone who got into the Big Apple early, there's some great NYCC's Eve festivities being held to benefit the Hero Initiative. The organizers of NYCC are throwing a Pre-Con party at Dave & Buster's Times Square (234 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036), from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., tonight, February 5, 2009. Admission is free and open to attendees, creators, exhibitors, and staff, but for a donation of $10, guests will receive five raffle tickets for a chance to win some amazing prizes. All proceeds collected from the raffle will benefit The Hero Initiative. Winning numbers will be announced at the end of the party and winners must be present to win. Raffle prizes to date include:

• Official New York Comic Con VIP Ticket - Signed by Neal Adams
• Official New York Comic Con 2009 Show Poster - Framed & Signed by Neal Adams
• Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Unlimited Edition
• Emissary Poster - Signed by the complete cast of Emissary
Marvel Then-and-Now DVD - Signed by Stan Lee & Joe Quesada
The Book: Marvel Visionaries: John Romita Jr. - Signed by John Romita Jr.
• 12-inch Indiana Jones
• 12-inch RAH Red Clone Trooper
• $25 Visa Gift Card
• Two $25 Midtown Comics Gift Cards

When the show starts, The Hero Initiative can be found at Booth #1865. Fans can stop by to make donations, purchase exclusive signed items, sign up for memberships and get their items signed by some of their favorite creators including George Perez, Leonard Kirk, and Leinil Yu. And don't forget the huge art auction on Saturday night.

See you at the con!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


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Kick off for "Astounding Art" Exhibition and Sale before the NYCC!

New York--Illustration House opens their "Astounding Art" sale with a bang by having three of the featured creators on site February 5th, courtesy of Eva Ink Artist Group and Illustration House, right before the beginning of the mammoth NYCC.

Join creators Michael Golden, Mark Texeira and Steve Scott at the opening February 5th from 5-7pm; view original art, have books signed, and just hang out and mingle at one of the most prestigious galleries in Manhattan.

Comics creator Michael Golden is featured on the "Guest of Honor" roster for the NYCC,  marking the artists return to the convention after two years! Co-creator of the X-Men's Rogue, Bucky O'Hare, and Spartan X, among much more, Michael is renowned for a whole series of ground-breaking books that have influenced our industry at various pivotal points, as well as inspired numerous generations of top-selling artists. Just a few of these well-loved stories include Dr. Strange #55; The 'Nam, Avengers,"Micronauts" and G.I. Joe,  among much more.

Known for his work on the Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Black Panther, and much more, Mark Texeira, also a NYCC "Guest of Honor,"  has a knack of bringing the reality, mood and feel to any story he tackles. His fine art style has also graced numerous album covers, magazine covers, paperback books, movie tie-ins, and gaming merchandise. His clients include such companies as Def Jam Records, Marvel Entertainment, Dynamite, Harris, DC… and pretty much every publisher we could name. His brush has brought life to such characters as Vampirella, Conan, and Batman as well as his creator-owned character Pscythe.

Comic artist Steve Scott may be the newest addition to Eva Ink Artist Group, but he certainly is not new to comics! You have no doubt seen his work for the hit  "Smallville" TV show as well as his sequential work for New Warriors, Hourman, JLA, She-Hulk, and Indiana Jones among much, much more!!  Steve has the distinction of providing some of the only art for the movie tie-in to Batman: Dark Knight, featuring Heath Ledger's unforgettable Joker turn. Look for more of Steve's work on the gallery/convention circuit, as well as an upcoming gallery show in Europe!

Other amazing works featured in "Astounding Art" include pieces by John Buscema, Jeff Jones, J. Scott Campbell, Gene Colan, Paul Gulacy, Jack Kirby, Roy Krenkel, Alex Nino, Bruce Timm, Boris Vallejo, and Basil Wolverton, among others.

Don't miss this exciting unveiling of sequential art, and hope to see you at the opening!

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Illustration House
110 West 25th St.
New York, NY


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1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I currently live in Phoenix AZ with my amazing (and incredibly supportive) wife and work as an art director for a video game developer called Rainbow Studios. I just finished up work on a new title tor the Nintendo Wii called Deadly Creatures that comes out in February 2009. The best way to describe it is if Quentin Tarantino directed a Discovery Channel nature special. You play interlocking stories as a Scorpion and a Tarantula and witness some strange happenings out in the desert from a very unique perspective. We got Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper as the voices for the two human characters and the game, so that really upped our indy film cred. You can check out a bunch of coverage for it on IGN.com here.

Prior to being at Rainbow, I was the art director for Todd McFarlane from 1997 to 2002. I got to work with some great people while I was there including Ashley Wood, Kent Williams, Greg Capullo and the man himself of course. Lots of outstanding work was being done during that time period, some amazing toy lines, awesome books and publications, a couple of versions of the spawn.com website and tons of "once in a lifetime" projects like the Edmonton Oilers Third Jersey (my home town!) and the Clive Barker Tortured Souls packaging design.

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

That's a tough one, I really love each piece for different reasons, but if I had to pick just one it would be the Amazing Spider-Man #500 cover by J. Scott Campbell. It's got a giant shot of Spidey and Mary Jane as well as the entire rogues gallery, throw in the impeccable inks by Tim Townsend and it's hard to argue why that piece is the best of the best.

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

I first started collecting art in the late 80's and had a small collection of about 5 or 6 really primo pieces by McFarlane, Arthur Adams, Kent Williams, and Jim Lee (most of which I see scattered throughout various collections on CAF now). I sold all of them to pay my way through art college and took a huge break from collecting comic books and art until the mid-90's or so. Prior to applying for the job with Todd McFarlane, I had gotten back into collecting comic books again and once I started working at Todd's studio, I guess being around lots of original art again got the bug going. This was also around the time when ebay was really starting to gain popularity, so it wasn't too long before I was starting to put together a solid collection again. The CAF site has also been amazing in bringing together people from all over the world and really showcasing the love and respect for the hobby.

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

Nothing too fancy as of yet, just keep it all in mylar sleeves and just a couple in frames. Hoping to get some more stuff framed in the next year or so.

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

Another tough one, there are some incredible pieces and collections on CAF many of which would be absolute grails to own, but here's some stuff that I haven't yet seen on CAF.

Arthur Adams - There are a couple of older pieces that he did from around the same time period as the Spider-Man / Hobgoblin that's in my gallery. One is very similar but has the Black Cat included as well as Spidey in his black costume. The other one has Dr. Strange with Dormammu tap dancing in the palm of his hand. The Spidey / Black Cat / Hobgoblin was published as a pin-up in the back of an issue of Marvel Fanfare. Oh that and the Classic X-Men #1 Cover

Jim Lee - X-Men #1 Cover

Kent Williams / Jon J Muth - the wraparound cover to the Havok / Wolverine: Meltdown hardcover edition

Todd McFarlane - Marvel Tales #233 or #235 covers

David Finch - X-Men #200 Cover

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