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    Collector is an understatement.

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    Atlanta GA
  1. Atlanta Area Collector get together

    who spell checked that invitation. I'll have his head!!
  2. I hope anyone reasonably local who hasn't gotten an invitation yet will reach out-my email is on the invitation. Always cool to meet new collectors in the area and I know there will be some interesting art for tastes of all sorts. Benno
  3. Share your fave sketches !

    Here's a sketch Joe Jusko did for my daughter Amanda several years ago after she saw the amazing work he had done on his Tomb Raider comic.
  4. 2018 Collecting Goals

    I want to get my arms around my collection better and start to be a little more focused on adding items that fit and shedding items that don't. I need to stop having as much angst over the idea that if I sort of like something or have a nostalgic tug then it belongs in my collection forever. I bought a collection in 2017 that I need to sell off part of and I need to be realistic about what I should keep rather than defaulting to the idea that if its sort of cool I should hold onto it even if it never occurred to me to own it until I did. That said, there were some high quality pieces by artists that I didn't have on my radar at all and I need to really think about whether I can build around those things or if they are a distraction from other more important goals. As part of that I want to do some upgrades on artists I already have in my collection. Most specifically at this moment, Winsor McCay , Tim Sale, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Alex Raymond, Michael Kaluta and maybe Bernie Wrightson and Dave Stevens. I also want to add some additional independent artists to my collection that fit in with the type of material I enjoy reading now versus pure nostalgia. I have three artists who are friends and long time favorites that are getting an upgrade within my collection this year (or at least I have plans in the works already) so that will be nice-but that will make me wonder if I should shed some lesser pieces by them as part of that upgrade. Plus what Felix said-have fun! I am hoping to achieve part of that goal by expanding and strengthening friendships within the collector field that I have-so if you are ever in the Atlanta area, please reach out and lets have a drink and do some show and tell and talk some comic art! I'll also be having a collector brunch this spring so if you haven't ever come to one before (or if you have, but haven't don't it lately) and live in the southeast, please get in touch. Benno (benno119@gmail.com)
  5. 2017 Collecting Goals

    As long as you stay in the apa you will! Benno
  6. 2018 Collecting Goals

    If anything by Wayne Boring will do, I am confident you can find a Davy Jones comic strip to scratch that itch. in fact I have one if you just want anything by Wayne Boring (but I bet you really meant any Superman piece by Wayne Boring!) Benno
  7. 2017 Collecting Goals

    Looking back on my goals stated back in January, I would say that I didn't do a very good job meeting them. In fact, until August, I would say that I had my least productive year in the hobby in the last 5 years. That all changed when I bought an entire collection from an estate which essentially refocused my own collection in a way that was entirely unanticipated. I certainly wont keep everything I bought in that collection, but it has made me think differently about things I already had and about crafting a more focused and meaningful collection overall-and how bad could that be? Then at the very end of the year, a couple of those goals from January (specifically the ones related to getting art from artists I know personally and want better examples from) have gotten a lot closer to reality which is a nice way to end the year.
  8. I have now spoken twice to the comic history class at SCAD here in Atlanta. The first time around, I struggled with what to bring and what to talk about, but once things get going, time flies by pretty quickly actually. I bring a couple of folios-one with mostly preliminary art, one with 11x17 modern art and one with some golden age material and comic strip art and discuss what I collect and why and also what I am looking for when I buy commission work. I talked some about the new digital processes and how they have impacted modern art collecting. Since these are all art students, I also put my money where my mouth is and have offered to review portfolios and to choose someone to do a commission for me. I pay what I think is a pretty good amount for student work ($200.00) Last year I got a superb commission out of the deal and I think the students enjoyed the class and the chance to see both classic and modern comic art since I collect both. Its a class, so there were enthusiastic folks and a few that were obviously bored-just like I remember school! It was a ton of fun for me though, and I will certainly do it again if asked. Benno
  9. I have stopped using the whole grail terminology in thinking about my collection. There isn't any one piece that would "be the one thing" I want to complete my collection or for which I would gladly sacrifice something super important or valuable just to get my hands on it. Unlike a lot of folks, though I remember my initial foray into comic reading fondly, I don't remember that first book I read or any one comic that changed it all for me or the like. Sure there are books and stories I remember fondly and things I would like to own, but my triggers are mostly seeing something cool and wanting it because I like it-not thinking about something I loved back in the day and pining for it now. I realize that isn't particularly typical in this hobby, but that is how it is with me these days-which is why I am often just as happy with something for my collection that came out this year or 25 years before I was born as I am about something that I grew up reading-and often I don't know I want it until I see it.
  10. Has Collecting OA led to to any other hobbies?

    If you have an interest in writing about original art or original art collecting you should belong to the CFA-apa because that is exactly why it exists and is the longest running amateur publication about original art collecting out there. Its been going continuously since 1985 and has just published its 102nd issue-another 400+ page opus-this one dedicated to Jack Kirby on the centennial of his birth. I know I leap on this soapbox plenty, but I'm always surprised when folks active on chat boards haven't heard of it. I did discuss it on Felix's podcast last year, but I am always happy to have a chance to plug it when I can. If you are interested in writing about original art contact me at benno119@gmail.com and I will be glad to give you more information. Benno
  11. For P. Craig Russell fans

    Very nice stuff. I just got my second commission piece from Craig via one of his indiegogo/Kickstarter deals and I am very pleased indeed. I too looked at both the Surfer piece and that Dr. Strange splash, but decided I am already plenty deep in Craig's work at this point. Though I have some vintage work, I sold my very favorite cover (from Marvel Fanfare) long ago to get a Spirit page (and a hand colored Russell piece that is featured on the back cover of his new Jungle book AE) but it still stings a little as I think it was one of his signature works from the 80's. Craig is one of those guys who is still doing really amazing work today even though he has been active since the 70's and I am always excited to see what will come next.
  12. Dragon Con???

    For some reason the comic track at Dragon Con got less space for panels than in years past so unfortunately the original art panel fell victim. I will be doing a panel with Tom Heintjes about Kirby and Eisner on Saturday night at 7 before all the nighttime craziness at Dragon Con starts so I hope you can attend. I know there will be at least a couple of comic artists on the panel as well, though I am not sure who right now.
  13. Dragon Con???

    Hey folks, are any of you coming to Dragon Con? Atlanta area collectors will, as usual be setting up an original art show. This year in celebration of the centennial of the birth of Jack Kirby and Will Eisner we will be showing off originals by both of these comic masters. We will be set up in Artists Alley -apparently near Stan Lee! If anyone is coming down (or up) for the show and has art by Kirby-or especially by Eisner-that they would be willing to display for Friday and Saturday please let me know. The art can be framed or not, you just have to let me know in advance. The art will be up on the wall, not in a folio on a table and we always have two people watching it and we have never had a problem in 12 years of doing this. Please know that we take the obligation to watch things like a hawk very seriously (plus everything is either attached to the wall of our display or hung behind a table with a person sitting there) We would love for you to participate if you have any cool art for this amazing show and tell. If not, come by and say hello. We will have Kirby originals from every era of his work-from the 40's to the 80's and Eisner material from his work on the Spirit to his ground breaking graphic novels and several points between! Please contact me at benno119@gmail.com if you can help us with a cool loan of art or if you are just planning to attend. I hope to see some of you there. Benno Rothschild
  14. Show off your under-appreciated art

    I like that Twin Earths daily quite a bit myself, but I don't know that I would go so far as to say its the best one in the entire run. There are some good ones out there. I have a friend with a single panel daily that is a real doozy.
  15. The Official Commission Collecting Thread

    I am a big fan of Winsor McCay, so a dozen years or so ago I got Ryan Sook to do a fun little pastiche for me using my name and caricature called "Little Benno in Slumberland". It was super cool (in my CAF gallery if anyone wants to look) and I mostly let the idea drop, though I did have two more done along the way over the last decade by Mike DeCarlo (who did a hilarious Peanuts take with me and Lucy as my psychiatrist) and Greg Theakston who did a Kirby riff. Last year I picked up where I left off and got an amazing piece from Frank Brunner and I kind of got the bug. I was asked by the head of the cartooning department at SCAD here in Atlanta to guest lecture in a cartooning class about original art collecting and I decided that it would be fun to put my money where my mouth was and offered to commission a piece from one of the students. A couple of folks sent samples and I picked Anderson Carmen to do the commission. It was a GREAT choice. I am amazed by both the creativity and the craft in this piece. I know its a little (my wife says a LOT and I cannot deny that) self absorbed as a commission theme, but I love this piece!!