Madman1138

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    Collector is an understatement.

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  1. Sketchbook stolen

    That's awesome that it was found! Always love to hear happy endings like this.
  2. Your best bet is usually friends in the hobby that are attending the show to pick up, as it is a lot to ask for something like this, especially when it's Cho, Campbell, AH!, etc. But without the personal connections, I'd recommend you use someone like http://www.comicsketchart.com/ who specifically do these kind of pickups for a fee. Doug is good people and I believe he gets good access to Frank's sketch covers. But as mentioned above Frank's sketch covers are very pricey. But just reach out to Doug and he'll take care of you. Good luck!
  3. I am also leery of bidding on private auctions. It seems most of the forgery sellers use that method on their listings so you can't look up their past items when checking their feedback. I can't even think of another reason you'd want to do a private listing otherwise. I don't see how it protects bidders, like the sellers that use them say. Since eBay started blanking out the bidder IDs years ago there is less chance of warning potential bidders and it only makes it harder to catch shill bidding and forgery sellers that fly under the radar.
  4. When you comment on CAF -what is the threshold?

    For me it depends how I came to the piece. If I am searching for art by a certain artist and check out other people's incredible pieces by that artist, I almost always comment. Same with clicking on the email links in the CAF Premium newsletters, because those are all keyword pieces for me. And of course I comment on my friends pieces, whether I would want the piece or not because I have very eclectic tastes and can appreciate art of all kinds even if I wouldn't care to own it myself. But honestly, I don't really need a reason to comment and just leave one when I feel moved to do so, which can be often. It costs us nothing and you are there anyways, plus it makes people feel good about their collections to get comments. It's all about community, after all.
  5. question about a Piece I have

    Bruce uses a blue pencil to sketch his stuff out and uses animation paper usually, which is thinner than artboards. But sometimes he uses cardstock and sometime vellum, like this sounds like. But they are all usually 8 1/2 x 11. I have a similar piece that is full figure, blue pencil & inks on vellum (tracing paper) that you can see here. http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1360473 But yours looks totally legit to me, and it's a nice piece. I hope that helps!
  6. You are a good man, Scott! I hope it does really well!
  7. You are a good man, Scott! I hope it does really well!
  8. Seriously, wtf?

    Who on earth would pay $95 for a $50 gift card!?!?!? That's the dumbest thing I have seen in a long time! The descriptions are contradictory as all heck too. She starts with "My husband won this "Peanuts" comic strip as a boy in 1980" but later says "This is original, not a printed copy. A printed credit line: "1988 United Features Syndicate, Inc." is pasted vertically in the first panel." So he must have won it 8 years before it was published. Wow.....
  9. I reported some of them but nothing will probably happen. eBay doesn't really do much to keep these crooks off there because they make them money. It's sad that this is the people are trying now. They aren't even remotely similar to these artists styles and are all clearly fake, but some newbie might buy them thinking they're real. I miss the days when you could see the bidders ID's and contact them if needed. Ebay has just gone all to hell over the past decade or so. I still buy stuff on there from time to time, but it's glory days for art collecting are long past at this point.
  10. First World Problems and Original Art

    I was going to say the same thing. I have trimmed edges off a sketch or commission because of size or edge damage, because they had a lot of blank border to work with. But I would never trim published art pages. The only way I'd consider it would be if the published piece had a huge empty border and wasn't on regular comic board with the guidelines and such, like homemade cut bristol boards some artists use. I remember I bought a Dell'Otto cover painting once that had a 4" blank white border, and it was shipped from overseas in a package exactly the same size as the art and they damaged all 4 corners and edges on it's way here. I considered trimming it, but it was heavy crescent board and I couldn't bring myself to do it, but the damage really bothered me so I ended up just selling it off instead. I remember the old Blanc Noir boards that the Gaijin boys used to use in the '90s are all 11x17 1/2 inches, which makes them stick out a good bit in a standard 11x17 portfolio. When I asked Joe Phillips about it when having him sign one of his covers on that stock, he said they thought it would be cool but they hear a lot of complaints about it, even all these years later. So he tells people to just trim some of the top off. I still couldn't bring myself to trim it tho, even with his blessing. Moral of the story, you probably shouldn't ever trim art except in rare cases, and even then, it might make people mad to hear. And it definitely should be information shared to the buyer if you trimmed something. I hate when you buy based on the scan and the image arrives with less or no border.
  11. Seriously, wtf?

    They also have a TMNT photocopy up and this description says it all about what they are doing. "WE HAVE THE CHEAPEST PRICES ON EBAY !! UP FOR BIDDING TMNT AFFORDABLE GIFT IDEA . PERFECT FOR FRAMING !! REPRINTS ARE A GREAT ALTERNATIVE WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK . WE HAVE ALL YOUR FAVORITE !! YOU WILL GET THE REPRINT PHOTO PICTURED . SIZE IS 8X10 ON STANDARD WHITE PLAIN PAPER ALL PRINTS ARE MADE IN A PROFESSIONAL LAB ON HIGH STANDARD WHITE PAPER . WE DONT SELL LOW QUALITY HOMEMADE PRINTS S/H IS 3-6 DAY BY MAIL . IF YOU WANT PRIORITY THAT WILL BE $ 7.20 PER ORDER . THESE ARE NOT HAND SIGNED PHOTOS , THESE ARE REPRINTS OF ORIGINAL PHOTOS SOME PRINTS MAY SLIGHTLY DIFFER FROM THE ABOVE PICTURE DUE TO PRINTING AND CROPPING . SOME PRINTS MAY CONTAIN WHITE BORDERS" They are literally just running off copies and openly admit it. And they also have hand drawn art by Bob Kane and Charles Schulz, 2 from each. You really have to work hard to not see the warning signs with this seller.
  12. Just a reminder that these auctions on eBay all end tomorrow night, starting at 6:45pm Pacific Time on Sunday night. No reserves on anything and low, low starting prices. Only a couple have bids so far, so they are all still very cheap. The Indiana Jones sketch card by J Scott Campbell will sell for sure, and the Adam Hughes one has a lot of watchers but no bids yet. Still up with no reserves or bids yet are 2 covers by Steven Russell Black, a Spawn splash page by Jonboy Meyers, a couple published Swimsuit pinups, and a ton of GI Joe pencil pages by Josh Medors. There are also 3 sketch books by Travis Charest (2013), Adam Hughes (2013), and Joseph Michael Linsner (2007 Dawn sketch book). Thanks for looking!
  13. Yeah, these were not tough to spot once you look at them. I thought they would say something in the description about being "inspired by Jim Lee/JRJR' or something but he is seriously trying to pass them off. That's just insane! On the other hand, to also play the devil's advocate, maybe he doesn't know what he has is . He has a solid feedback score (the only neutral feedback said item not received) and he doesn't appear to have dealt art before, just comics, collectibles, and cards. So maybe he bought them from someone and doesn't know art? The proliferation of forgeries is getting ridiculous these days. It's why I won't buy sketches from eBay at all anymore, period.
  14. I was on eBay tonight when I came across this "Jim Lee commission" which doesn't look right to me. I am not one to usually post these types of posts because what if I am wrong. But in this I fear I am right and it is the art that's wrong. Here's the Jim Lee piece he has up. http://www.ebay.com/itm/JIM-LEE-SIGNED-ORIGINAL-COMIC-ART-COMMISSION-BATMAN-AND-BEETLE-/263103521613?hash=item3d4231234d:g:x~IAAOSwmoBZaVWq It doesn't look at all like a Jim Lee piece to me, so I looked at what else he had up, and he has a few pencil pieces that oddly all look like the same hand, (and possibly the same pencil) but credit to Jim Lee, John Romita Jr, and Terry Olden. And all are signed on the bottom corner in tiny letters, and even those don't look right. Here is the Romita Jr piece. http://www.ebay.com/itm/JOHN-ROMITA-JR-ORIGINAL-COMIC-ART-COMMISSION-SPIDERMAN-SWINGING-SIGNED-/263103521624?hash=item3d42312358:g:QokAAOSw-ldZaVbY And lastly a lot by Terry Olden. http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-COMMISSIONED-ORIGINAL-COMIC-ART-BY-TERRY-OLDEN-2-BATMAN-SUPERMAN-/263103521630?hash=item3d4231235e:g:aZUAAOSwgZZZaVeU Am I crazy or do they all seem drawn by the same artist? Even the pencil strokes in the blacks looks the same. I believe I have seen similar pieces like these before from this seller but cannot be sure as I do not follow them. But the art looks the same as what I remember seeing before, and mentally marked as possible fakes. Thoughts? Dave K