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  1. That is stunning, moody, broody Conan by Frazetta -- would bump the sketch value significantly imho. As to it's authenticity, ask here!!! Folks are generally very honest and forthright, although opinions vary always. It looks good to me as far as legitimacy (fluid lines, not forced, his stance, just looks right, etc.), his 'signature' is the easiest thing to authenticate most likely due to repetitive examples. As to it's value, again, ask here!! The Heritage numbers provided above are a good starting point, but every piece is unique and has it's own up and downside(s) per collector. That being said, I'd overpay for this one in particular if in my spending range and from a respected dealer/auction house. Thanks for sharing here and best of luck.
  2. I agree. Not all are created equal. I know I've seen a few pages from Simonson's Thor run that certainly made me desire them. An affordable way to acquire an unreachable page/artist for many, I think that is the point now that they're showing up like mad and prices on traditional pencil/ink pages have been driven beyond a larger portion of collectors....but the confusing/deceptive part of a clearly labeled production color guide is far less than the 'unused cover's with trade-dress' movement I've seen too much of at respectable houses lately.
  3. Not a fan of 'color guides' being referred to as original art. That being said, not all cg are created equally. Some are clearly more appealing to the eye and should have some value if clean, well done and displayable. The term production art generally makes me move immediately on.
  4. Montani semper liberi. Always loved our state motto, Mountaineers are always free. Virginia's...Sic semper tyrannis (thus always to tyrants), is the exact reason WV told them to go to hell after they (VA) seceded from the Union in 1861. Just started our own damn government. Never get WV mentions, so thought I'd just represent (before the jokes start).
  5. This is by far, the most comprehensive overview of convention set-ups I've seen. I'm very, very glad for it. My first one coming up (with a mentor who has done it), and I genuinely am learning a ton, laughing a bit, getting spooked, getting geeked, etc. Months to prepare, my chunk of 250+ long boxes is being used for inventory, and I just wanted to comment here so I wouldn't lose the thread LOL. I want to sell comics at this event and believe I will sell more due to this thread. THANKS to all in this awesome community.
  6. This makes my heart do something I'm not sure what yet, looked at it repeatedly, can't think of anything neat to say. Stunning and LOVE this palette when he uses it.
  7. Don't know you truly, but several conversations and such on here have led me to believe this is a great thing for you. A big congratulations and best of luck in this new endeavor. SMASH!!! in hulk-speak.
  8. Published...Shining Knight, 1 pg. 4, more Simone Bianchi savagery.
  9. Congratulations Mitch, while I haven't purchased from you in 15 or so years, you've always been a class-act and I'm glad you get the same giddy feelings we all do when IT arrives.
  10. Did it. 12 interior pages in 12 months from Simone Bianchi in 2018 (with 2 enroute). And only 2 months till a Masterpiece joins the crew. Essentially a one-artist year, but it's no Vigilante imho.
  11. Ok...just because it's New Years and this.... THE issue, quite simply is so conveniently overlooked. Simply discussing (so chill) the above profit making plans, abilities, failures, successes or timeline's in resale. In regards to the Witching covers....If you sell 1/2 the covers for 10 times the auction close, no harm (to anyone except the original seller). EVERY single art dealer sell's for profit by design, certain collector's like to point out those out to make a quick (and often unreasonable) turnaround sale for some reason. If this helps to avoid impropriety in bidding then I can understand the reasoning. If those pointing out buy/sell's are dealers, I question not only their motive, but also their method. If you sell 1/2 the covers, with 1/2 the story...then that's THE problem. Always. TRUTH and FULL DISCLOSURE (with back scans) be told about WHAT you are selling. Terms such as 'un-used' cover, 'b' cover, alternate version, not to mention pencils/blueline only 'but I swear this was published from only the pencils'... are the bane of our hobby these days. If you appear to purposely avoid telling the WHOLE story, or not telling it, or skirting it...this community, more than any other I've seen, will quickly 'call it as they see it'.
  12. Maybe Christopher J. Hicks...face rings a bell. Mister Blank? Slave Labor Graphics around right time I think as well.
  13. The word print in this sense truly negates it's originality. It will never be original, one of one print is a print by definition. Olden days, the blocks were original imho. Computerized, no original exists except as digitized data, literally ones and zeros to be all matrix on ya, which is corruptible and entirely dependent on technology to even interpret and visualize. It's just nonsense, regardless of which type of art we speak of. Mono print as defined by uniquely applying inks, fine...still a print. Still not original, despite partial color variations, still a print. Original art should mean exactly that and nothing else. The pencils only, blueline pencils digitized with original inks, pencils and inks originals market is getting hard enough to decipher in current times. One of one is my goal. But by hand, and exclusively touched and created by an artist, using skilled methods and tools, not an artist using a digital medium contributing to skynet's understanding of the only thing that truly separates us from the animals.
  14. Several month's back I stated in another topic that I had seen an increased number of their 'questionable' items reappearing on reputable dealer sites. Still seeing this, in auctions, at dealers, cons, etc... but they are definitely finding other channels due to a sorely damaged (worthily so, it seems) reputation. Once tainted...forever ruined. EVERY piece they touch should be put in a database for future reference. If dealers are sending items to reputable auction houses, should it be noted the source for provenance? Inks added, stats glued,, items misrepresented, and who knows what the hell else. At least what remains untainted is still here and not destroyed (until there's a few bucks in it that is).
  15. I would never try to sell to a customer or attendee, that is clearly and obviously unacceptable. I am not worthy of walls and would just worry with anything along those lines in my possession the entire time. Thanks for the advice.
  16. Ok gang, I'm breaking out my con newbie reveal in grand fashion. Is it considered bad form to bring some books to a con to attempt to sell?? I wasn't thinking anything GA unless maybe a low grade reader or two (Superman, Cap) and some very decent Bronze/Coppers in grade that I don't really care about anymore. Funding art is the point. Stuff like ASM ann 1 VG, Swamp Thing 1 - 10 from f-nm (true), # 1 signed by Berni. Dark Knight 1 - 4 never read extra set. Conan 23 nm-/nm stuff like that. Nothing high end, just popular items that seem easier to move for dealers. My 4th con ever, only Sunday and enroute to NYCC. Just wanting to know if this is a bad idea, frowned on, etc.
  17. I've only been once in recent history (2013 I believe) and I remember he was there then, but there were several others set up as well. Very comic-centric show; wondering if the close proximity to the NYCC caused art dealers to pass or if this is now a yearly occurrence? Looking forward to seeing the Simonson's tomorrow as they are not attending NYCC.
  18. Thanks, I found the link on NYCC site, and thanks for pointing it out. My friend from NY has informed me this is now on the agenda, great idea too.
  19. Anyone at BCC happen to take pictures of walls and dealer set-ups as I've seen in the past done on here for other cons? Will be attending Sunday and just wanted a little preview if at all possible.
  20. My first con of this size ever, I am lucky enough to have a New York native waiting on me to hold my hand. This con, however, appears to be quite overwhelming so I'm glad you asked. The panels list alone is exhausting and so thorough that I wondered if they were repeating (they weren't). Not on topic, but damn do they make this process from ticketing, to badging, to authorizing, to pre-registering via email linked/authorized badge a total headache. Must be to make the anime crowd feel far superior due to their mad IT skills. Restroom scouting, great damn idea and never thought of that specifically. I've always just worried about coffee and ended up in a line dancing around like a person_too_unaware_of_social_graces. Is 'the block' interior or exterior? Artist alley in location? I've heard generally negative things about this con as far as layout, execution, venue, lines, time, etc...compared to many others. Hoping this isn't quite as bad as expected. I will make the most of a rare event regardless.
  21. Attr =Always an issue. Always from 'a private collection', so there is no accountability on authenticity or provenance. Never published for some reason either. With that many red flag sale wide? It may be that a boring Boring increases it authenticity. A good fake is still a fake, NOT saying this is, but it always has a voice for it's authenticity that is muffled and doesn't ring quite right, especially regarding history and origin of the piece.