Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dear Comic Art Fan,

Next week ushers in Emerald City ComiCon, the northwest's biggest comic book convention. Organized by Comic Art Fan Jim Demonakos, it is highly regarded by both fans and pros alike. The guest list reads like a who's who in American comics with Tim Sale, Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Mignola, Jaime Hernandez, and Stan Sakai plus CAF members including Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, Ernie Chan, Christos Gage, Dan Brereton, Dave Johnson, and more. Personally, I'm excited to go to my first West Coast convention and meet lots of creators who never seem to find their way east. I'm looking at you, Paul Smith!!

See you in Seattle!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Premium Member of the Week :: Allen Richardson
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Allen Richardson. Currently, I’m the Global Brand Director at Hasbro for Star Wars. And no, my job isn’t like the film Big. It can be fun and interesting, but we certainly don’t sit around and play with Star Wars action figures all day! (Just every other day…) Oddly enough, I really don’t collect Star Wars art.

I spent some formative years in the UK and, as such, have quite a fondness for British comic art. I can still remember buying the first issue of 2000AD at the newsagent. That series, along with StarLord and Cheeky helped spur my interest in comics. I never really knew about original comic art until I received my first 3 pages. They were all Jack Kirby. From then on, it’s been in my blood.

This thrill was renewed when I received my first page of 2000AD art. The board that they used was huge. I had no idea. Makes storing them a bit of an issue, however.

There are artists I like, but I have to say I’m more drawn to the story and the writer, especially Grant Morrison.

I don’t sell art from my collection. I have traded, however. As long as I’m able, I don’t foresee changing that policy, it’s just too hard to let go!

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

Favorite piece? As far as true significance, I would say my Dave Gibbons page from 2000AD Prog #1; such a historic issue and from such an amazing artist. Plus, I fondly remember it from days of youth. In terms of weird beauty, I’d go with my Steve Mannion painting of Mary Marvel.

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

I think I’ve been collecting for my about 9 years. My girlfriend gave me a Jack Kirby Eternals page and my good friend gave me Jack Kirby Strange Tales and Gunsmoke Western pages all for my birthday. I have yet to have a similar art-themed gift extravaganza.

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

I get pieces framed when I can and when I think they will fit nicely on a wall someplace in my home. Other than that, I typically rely on trusty Itoya portfolios.

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

Brian Bolland: Animal Man #5 cover. I missed owning this a few years back by a just a little bit. Probably it is my biggest regret. (I have never regretted buying a piece of art…I have only regretted the ones I didn’t).

Brian Bolland: A nice 2000AD Judge Dredd example.

Dave Gibbons: Any Watchmen page.

Richard Case: Doom Patrol covers.

Frank Miller: the obligatory Dark Knight plea.

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