Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Who Watched the Watchmen (Movie)? I thought it was a great adaptation of the original material with some tour-de-force performances from the cast. True there are several little quibbles that hardcore fans of the comic could make but that's a by-product of any adaptation across media. In honor of the film's release, our March Sketchbook is dedicated to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's magnum opus.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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New England's largest comic book convention grows even bigger as the Boston Comic Con announces its first two day show on April 4-5, 2009. And with an extra day added, the guest list is growing by leaps and bounds.

First up is Marvel "Young Gun" artist Jim Cheung, best known for his work on groundbreaking series such as Young Avengers, Avengers: Illuminati, and countless covers. Jim is a fan favorite of the superhero genre, world-renowned for his widescreen style. 

Whilce Portacio broke into the industry in 1985 as an inker on Marvel Comics such as Longshot and New Mutants. Before long, he gained wide acclaim as the lead artist for The Punisher, X-Factor, and Uncanny X-Men. In 1992, Mr. Portacio left Marvel with several other top talents to form Image Comics, where he created his own series, Wetworks. Currently, Mr. Portacio is working with fellow Image co-founder Todd McFarlane on the supernatural hit series, Spawn.

Living legend Dick Ayers, a veteran comic book artist with over six decades of work and one of the founding members of the Marvel bullpen along with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, comes to Boston and will regale fans with stories of the early days of Marvel. 

Paul Gulacy burst onto the comic book scene in the 70s with his multi-award winning work for Master of Kung Fu and continues to amaze fans on series including Batman, Terminator, Star Wars, and Catwoman.

Finally, Boston Comic Con is excited to announce its latest guest addition, Madman creator Mike Allred! An indie sensation for the last twenty years, Allred has gone on to create Red Rocket 7, The Atomics, and X-Statix. Additionally his work has appeared in the feature films Mallrats and Chasing Amy, in which Allred has a cameo as himself.

The Boston Comic Con is in its third year of producing comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. The Boston Comic Con hosts over 13,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 4 through Sunday April 5, 2009 at The Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $10. Children 10 and under are free. Go to for more information.

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Premium Member of the Week :: Tatiana Dykes
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Tatiana, I'm 27 and I'm a Registered Dietitian. Day to day, I encounter all sorts of interesting people with a variety of nutrition issues. What makes my career so rewarding is being able to help everyday people live happier, healthier lives. I graduated from UC Davis in 2005 with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. I live up north of the California Bay Area. I have been reading comic books since childhood. I would say I'm a bonafide fangirl, I attend the major California comic conventions year round. Aside from comics, which I enjoy reading and collecting as well as collecting the artwork, I also like hanging out with friends, singing and dancing, playing video games, rocking some Rock Band, watching anime, going to the gym, and cooking. I am also an artist of sorts myself as I make all natural artisan soaps.

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

I have a lot of "favorites", but if I had to choose just one, I'd have to say my Michael Turner Fathom Commission. Michael has always been, and will forever be my favorite artist. Having met him and talked with him several times, as well as with his Aspen crew, I feel less of a fan and more of a friend. While the art is amazing, it's the person behind it that makes it most special to me. I really have to say this is my favorite piece, know that Michael took the time to draw this masterpiece and that it was created just for me.

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

The obsession all started with a tiny convention in Sacramento and a new sketchbook. I had never been to a convention before and my then boyfriend told me it would be a good idea to bring a sketchbook just in case I was able to get some free sketches… Free sketches? Artists draw sketches at conventions?

Needless to say I was very shy about asking. Now I'm not normally a shy person but this was completely foreign to me. But when I met Kelley Jones, all that trepidation melted away. He was so friendly and we talked shop for quite a while, and he drew this amazing Batman sketch in my book. I was hooked. Not until much later did I realize how rare an opportunity was it that I met and was able to get a sketch from Kelley Jones. I continued to get sketches in my sketchbook over the years, then in 2004/2005 I started to purchase OA here and there online, mostly on Ebay. I didn't have much money, so the pieces were few and far between, but I did get some beauties, including my first Turner piece. In the summer of 2006, after I finished my post grad internship, I bought my first big Turner piece as my graduation gift to myself, and have been collecting regularly ever since. Along the way I have made many wonderful friends, many of which are also CAF members. It is quite an addiction we have!

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

Most of my collection is currently stored in art portfolios. I have just started to frame art (just one piece up so far) but hope to eventually have a nice assortment displayed on my walls.

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

Well, first of all, of my most wanted art ever, I already got my #1, which was my Turner commission. I am always looking for Turner art, especially his older Witchblade and Fathom stuff. That aside, I have much more that five, but here are some at the top of my list:

1. Adam Hughes personalized piece – I've been on his list at conventions many times, so I hope to be one of the lucky lotto winners at a show in 2009!

2. Chris Bachalo personalized piece – One of the artists that first really got me into comics, X-Men in particular.

3. Jack Kirby published X-Men page – What X-Men or Marvel fan doesn't want a piece by the king?

4. Joe Madureira published X-Men page – Along with Bachalo, his art was what "drew" me to the X-Men books, so I would love to have a sentimental piece that reminds me of what I grew up on.

5. Jim Lee published X-Men page – I love Jim's art (c'mon who doesn't?) and he was one of the best on the X-titles.


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