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  1. My latest piece by the incredible Mitch Gerads His amazing work on Mister Miracle rightfully won him back to back Eisners. His art and storytelling captures such raw emotion and power. The quiet moments as powerful as the most cosmic of clashes. I love his work so much. I was lucky to get on Mitch's list for SDCC 2019 and I got an amazing Mister Miracle Scott Free. When his list opened for NYCC I knew I needed to get a second piece. This was a piece that was inspired as I was listening to the podcast Word Balloon with Tom King as they were talking about Mitch's art and how his art is perfect for street level characters. I have also been pouring over the IDW Daredevil Born Again Artisan Edition. A masterpiece. Matt Murdock is one of my favorite characters in all of fiction. His resilience is unmatched, he bends but never breaks...completely. "It was a nice piece of work Kingpin. You shouldn't have signed it." This scene from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's seminal work is one of it's finest. It was a moment that I felt captured Born Again and one that Mitch's art would exemplify. And I was right. Mitch exceeded my incredibly high expectations. Thank you Mitch for your amazing work and for this amazing piece. https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1585605
  2. Swamp Thing . I call the piece "Growing Pains." I have long admired the pieces Dave Wachter has created particularly of Swamp Thing. I asked him if he would be willing to draw Swamp Thing growing on the skeleton of Alec Holland, his eye lit up and he got super excited. After I saw the results I can see why. The piece is stunning and truly one of my favorite images of Swamp Thing ever. https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1395810
  3. The past few months have been very good for my comic art collection and it culminated this past weekend at New York Comic Con. The following are the commissions I was able to pick up. Hope you enjoy Scott Williams Dark Knight Returns Batman Unmasked I am a big fan of Dark Knight Returns and Batman Unmasked is probably my favorite theme and recently I have been combining the two and it has resulted great commissions. Scott Williams delivered a stunning piece and was great to work with. Great communication and I absolutely love how he drew old man Bruce. I also really enjoyed talking with him about his original art collecting. All an all a wonderful experience. Mahmud Asrar Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell Jamie Lannister Mahmud Asrar is an amazing artist whose work continues to improve by leaps and bounds. His work on Conan the Barbarian with Jason Aaron is a career defining. I know it's controversial, but I actually really enjoyed the final season of Game of Thrones. My favorite arc being Jaime Lannister's failed attempt at redemption. I like that it showed the journey to redemption is hard and sometimes you falter and fail. I thought that this would be a great fit for Mahmud and I was right. I couldn't be happier with this piece and how it turned out. The scans do not do this piece justice. Marc Laming House of X: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, and Wolverine House of X and Powers of X has been some of the best comics of the year. Jonathan Hickman has made every Wednesday an event and this may be the best X-Men story I have ever read. Marc Laming is a very underrated artist. I love his line work and when his preshow commission list opened, I knew that the House of X, X-Men would be a great pairing of Artist and Character. Marc has been loving the HOX/POX and was excited to draw this and I think it shows. Joe Mulvey House of X: Cyclops and Marvel Girl House of X and Powers of X has been some of the best comics of the year. Jonathan Hickman has made every Wednesday an event and this may be the best X-Men story I have ever read. Joe Mulvey is an up and coming artist currently working on The Wailing Blade. I saw Joe do another HOX Professor X commission not that long ago and I knew I wanted a X-Men piece by him, and I was lucky enough to get on his preshow list. A great pairing of Artist and Character. Joe has been loving the HOX/POX and was really excited to draw this and I think it shows. Iban Coello Eddie Brock/Venom Iban Coello has been drawing Venom for quite some time now and is currently filling in while regular artist Ryan Stegman is drawing Absolute Carnage. I how he draws the symbiote and wanted to see him draw the symbiote revealing the bearded Eddie Brock from the current issues of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's Phenomenal Venom run. Arranged as a preshow commission. Iban was super nice. Doc Shaner Mister Miracle Scott Free Unmasked with Beard My love for the Tom King and Mitch Gerads Mister Miracle knows no bounds much like my love of Doc Shaner's artwork. His elegant linework and beautiful and expressive storytelling is amazing. When his preshow list opened, I immediately leapt to get on it. With his upcoming collaboration with Tom King and Mitch Gerads on Strange Adventures, I seriously considered getting Adam Strange, but then I thought that sometime soon I would see Doc Shaner draw Adam Strange, but unless I asked, I might not ever see him draw the Mister Miracle from that run. I had extremely high expectations for the piece and Doc blew them out of the water. The sunglasses with Darkseid's reflection is such a great touch and the veggie tray background...marvelous. You can see how much fun he had drawing this piece and I could not be happier with it. Rod Reis Joaquin Phoenix Style The Joker I have yet to see the new Joker Movie. With NYCC happening the same weekend there just has not been enough time. I do look forward to seeing Joaquin Phoenix's performance and I love the design of the character. I think there is a lot of potential. Rod Reis style is perfect for the character and I love how he interpreted it. Regardless of how I like the movie this is a stunning piece of art. Klaus Janson Dark Knight Returns Batman Unmasked This was the last commission I picked up at NYCC 2019 and talk about a high note to go out on. A stellar example of Dark Knight Batman Unmasked by one of the original creative team members. Klaus did not draw this at the show, he took it home to his home studio and it’s just spectacular. Brian Level Venom Unmasked with wings and the All Black Sword Brian Level is an amazing artist. When he reopened his preshow commission list, I knew exactly what I wanted a winged unmasked Venom carrying the All Black Sword of the Symbiote God Knull. It's specific I know, but I love Cates and Stegman's Venom run, and so far my requests for this version of the character have turned out amazing. Marco Checchetto Venom Unmasked with wings and the All Black Sword Marco is an amazing artist. His run with Rucka on Punisher and his current work on Daredevil is fantastic. He was not at the show on Thursday, so I immediately ran to his table on Friday and made his list. I wanted a winged unmasked Venom carrying the All Black Sword of the Symbiote God Knull. It's specific I know, but I love Cates and Stegman's Venom run, and so far my requests for this version of the character have turned out amazing. Marco's assistant said he would really be down for this as it was so Metal. I picked it up on Saturday and my jaw hit the ground. Daniel Warren Johnson Venom Unmasked with wings and the All Black Sword Daniel Warren Johnson is an amazing artist. That statement surprises no one who has seen his art. His creator owned work on Extremity and Murder Falcon is epic, beautiful, kinetic, and filled with so much heart. His Commissions are unparalleled. He was the first table I ran to on Thursday morning. I wanted a winged unmasked Venom carrying the All Black Sword of the Symbiote God Knull. It's specific I know, but I love Cates and Stegman's Venom run, and so far, my requests for this version of the character have turned out amazing. I was thrilled with this version. I love how he drew the wings and made Venom look like a Knight of Knull. And it is very very metal. Those wings are amazing. Geoff Shaw Venom Unmasked with wings and the All Black Sword Geoff Shaw is an amazing artist. His work on God Country is masterful storytelling and helped me through a very difficult time in my life. I wanted to see his take on a winged unmasked Venom carrying the All Black Sword of the Symbiote God Knull. It's specific I know, but I love Cates and Stegman's Venom run, and so far my requests for this version of the character have turned out amazing. Ian Bertram Galactus and Silver Surfer This is marvelous. Simply Marvelous. I was incredibly lucky to get on to Ian's list. I love his style and really wanted to see his version of something Jack Kirby. We discussed two options and his face lit up when I said Galactus. Thank you so much to Ian and to the Felix Comic Art staff for helping to make this happen. Javier Fernandez Batman Unmasked Javi is awesome. This is a great example of Batman Unmasked. Alex Riegel Nick Fury Agent Of SHIELD (Not From NYCC) Alex's work is no stranger to this page. It's fantastic and I have wanted a piece by him for a while. After attending a signing with Jim Steranko, I knew exactly what I wanted from him. This was a stunning piece that I am thrilled with. Tom Reilly Superman This was a lovely predone piece by Tom Reilly. I love the colors and the joy he brings to Clark's expression. Tom Reilly Ex Machina The Great Machine Ex Machina is a political superheroic drama that combines elements of the West Wing, Unbreakable, and a dash of Mad Men. Brian K. Vaughn and Tony Harris weave a cautionary tale of wielding power both political and super. We meet Mitchell Hundred talking in the dark to...no one in particular, this is his confession. He tells us in the first few pages of this fifty-issue series that this is a tragedy. We flashback to various times in Mitchell’s life. Over the next forty-nine issues they lull you into feeling that maybe...maybe Mitchell and his partners, best friend Bradbury, and surrogate father Kremlin, will succeed and overcome the external and internal threaten New York and Mitchell’s administration. Instead their well-intentioned path leads to the only place it can, a hell made of compromise and regret. I love Tom Reilly's work and thought this would be a really interesting pairing. I love how he drew the Great Machine costume. Martin Morazzo Ex Machina Great Machine/Mitchell Hundred Campaign Poster Ex Machina is a political superheroic drama that combines elements of the West Wing, Unbreakable, and a dash of Mad Men. Brian K. Vaughn and Tony Harris weave a cautionary tale of wielding power both political and super. We meet Mitchell Hundred talking in the dark to...no one in particular, this is his confession. He tells us in the first few pages of this fifty-issue series that this is a tragedy. We flashback to various times in Mitchell’s life. Over the next forty-nine issues they lull you into feeling that maybe...maybe Mitchell and his partners, best friend Bradbury, and surrogate father Kremlin, will succeed and overcome the external and internal threaten New York and Mitchell’s administration. Instead their well-intentioned path leads to the only place it can, a hell made of compromise and regret. I love Martin Morazzo's work and thought this would be a really interesting pairing. I love how he composed this piece and drew the Great Machine costume.
  4. Did anyone attend the IDW Artist Edition Panel at NYCC 2019? I have been looking for a recap of any announcements that came out of it and I can't find any. I was wondering if there were any updates on the Wrightson Frankenstein AE or if any additional Artist Editions were announced. Thanks!
  5. Hi Everybody, This year I will be attending NYCC for the first time and I could not be more excited. I am an old hat when it comes to SDCC but have never been to a con in NYC. I am wondering if anyone has advice on how to have the best time at NYCC, any recommendations or things you wish you knew going in. Any advice or words of wisdom will be appreciated. Thank you and I hope to see you there.
  6. I absolutely love prelims. Here are some of my Favorites. Frank Miller: Prelim to the Dark Knight Returns Tenth Anniversary Hard Cover Slipcase. A gorgeous piece and the closest I will ever get to owning a piece from the Dark Knight. Darwyn Cooke: Prelim to the Cover for Before Watchmen Minutemen issue 2 Darwyn Cooke: Prelim to Rocketeer Adventures
  7. Before Watchmen: Minutemen Issue 2 Cover Prelim by Darwyn Cooke. This Prelim was purchased at Albert Moy’s booth during SDCC 2019. Thrilled to have this piece by Darwyn. This inked Prelim gets me one step closer to owning a published piece by Darwyn Cooke. He was such an incredible talent who left us too soon. With projects like Before Watchmen, Cooke took such special care to flesh out two members of the Minutemen, Silhouette and Mothman, that he makes us care about characters that were mere footnotes in the original volume. I was particularly moved by the Mothman pages. That's right... Mothman. Cooke made you care, which is no surprise. Cooke was a master storyteller, and while he uses the designs and some layout cues of Dave Gibbons, make no mistake, this was a Darwyn Cooke comic. His sensibilities and style are ever present, and for that I'm grateful. The book was confident, but not cocky; it's respectful of the source, but never a slave to it.It was original - just like Darwyn Cooke. An epilogue about this piece is that when it was turned over it revealed there was a sketch of the Comedian wearing his WWII costume. An wonderful bonus to a great piece.
  8. Mister Miracle Unmasked Scott Free By Mitch Gerads The incredible Mitch Gerads completely floored me with this Mister Miracle Unmasked Commission. This was obtained through this representative Comic Sketch Art when they opened his SDCC 2019 list. I asked for a Bearded Unmasked Mister Miracle. A favorite theme of my burgeoning art collection. Even with my high expectations Mitch really delivered an incredible piece. My favorite part of this masterpiece is the eyes. Mitch gives us a window into the haunted soul of Scott Free. You feel the pain, the sorrow and the wonder that Mitch and Tom instilled into the character and story. Mister Miracle won back to back Eisners in multiple categories. And ever one of them richly deserved. From the moment this book was announced I was thrilled with the possibilities and the moment we saw the book itself was a revelation. I thought Mitch's art was incredible. Tom's writing, superb. The series is magic from the first panel to the very last. This series is a brilliantly executed comic on all levels. The art and the use nine-panel grid to pace the story is masterful and give it such a unique rhythm. The book is reverent to Kirby and the Fourth World while at the same time epic and incredibly personal. I love how King writes Scott and Barda’s relationship. Full of love, passion, disappointment, and joy. Mister Miracle takes all the best lessons from some of King’s best work (Vision and Omega Men) and evolves it into something very special. It's like a great magic trick Tom King and Mitch Gerads made their pledge, their turn was bold and daring, and their prestige was marvelous. I finally get how comic fans were feeling in 1986 when Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns were coming out. I also want to recognize the incredible talent and work of Nick Derington, whose covers were so incredibly iconic. Mitch Gerads created the art for Mister Miracle digitally so there is no physical original art so Commissions like these are the only way to have a piece of physical art. Thank you to Mitch Gerads, Tom King, and Nick Derington for creating such a wonderful comic that had such a profound effect on me. Comic Sketch Art for being so easy to work with. And of course a final thanks again to Mitch Gerads for creating such an amazing piece of art that I will treasure. A nice epilogue to this story that made me smile, a few weeks after SDCC Tom King tweeted out a picture of my Commission with the following comment. "The @MitchGerads commission I most tried to steal. Those eyes..." I can't help but agree.
  9. Thank you very much for the update Andrew!!! And for being the bearer of good news!!! This is very great to hear.
  10. Well these all sound amazing. I was curious if an how they were going to bulk up the Frankenstein. Thank you for the information! I really appreciate it. Oh no that's awful news...I am so sorry to hear that.
  11. Did anyone attend the IDW Artist Edition Panel at SDCC 2019? I have been looking for a recap of any announcements that came out of it and I can't find any. I heard Ditko's Mr. A is going to be collected. I was wondering if there were any updates on the Wrightson Frankenstein AE or if any additional Artist Editions were announced. Thanks!
  12. Description The Rocketeer by Darwyn Cooke. I picked up this Prelim at Albert Moy’s booth. Thrilled to have a piece by Darwyn. He was such an incredible talent who left us too soon. I wrote this at the time of his passing. Darwyn Cooke was a master storyteller with the coolest signature in comics. He was an artist whose style was commonly and simply described as retro, but was much more than that, whether drawing a simpler time of the New Frontier or the harsh reality of Westlake's Parker, his artwork and storytelling expressed an elegant ideal. He was a comic creator who, with every encounter I had with him, showed an honesty and generosity with his fans. He was.... ...It's hard to use the past tense when talking about someone who's work had such a profound effect on your life. My favorite memory of Darwyn was San Diego Comic Con back in 2012. It was Saturday night at the Hyatt bar. I had just self-published my comic Mysteryman and I was desperate to give one of my favorite creators my first published work. I could see Darwyn was about to leave for the night. Fortunately, I had enough liquid courage to approach him. "Excuse me, Mr. Cooke?" "It's Darwyn." "... Darwyn, I just wanted to let you know how I am a huge fan and your work has been such an inspiration. I just self-published my first comic and, I realize it's not the best time, but I wanted to give you a copy of my comic as a thank you." "Are you coming to my spotlight panel tomorrow?" "I am..." "Great, give it to me after that. How old are you?" "Twenty-nine." "Keep your nerve kid, you're farther ahead than I was." I was so grateful that Darwyn took that moment to slow things down; he easily could have taken the book and said thank you, but he didn't. The next day I went to his spotlight panel. Afterwards, I caught his attention and gave him a copy of my comic, and then he took out his pen - his pen with which he has signed so many of my comics in years past - and he told me, "You've got to sign it..." Darwyn cared enough to take the time with a first-time comic writer. I hope he read Mysteryman; I hope he enjoyed it. His work on the Parker novels were masterpieces. A perfect pairing of creator and material. Even with projects like Before Watchmen, Cooke took such special care to flesh out two members of the Minutemen, Silhouette and Mothman, that he makes us care about characters that were mere footnotes in the original volume. I was particularly moved by the Mothman pages. That's right... Mothman. Cooke made you care, which is no surprise. Cooke was a master storyteller, and while he uses the designs and some layout cues of Dave Gibbons, make no mistake, this was a Darwyn Cooke comic. His sensibilities and style are ever present, and for that I'm grateful. The book was confident, but not cocky; it's respectful of the source, but never a slave to it. It was original - just like Darwyn Cooke. Thank you Darwyn, for your art, for your stories, and for your kindness. Rest in peace.
  13. In 2007 I was at Wizard World Los Angeles and had the good fortune of getting this Tim Sale Superman Sketch. Heroes had just debuted and the line for Tim was MASSIVE. Superman: For All Seasons is one of my all time favorite Superman stories and I am so happy to have this in my collection.
  14. My favorite Commission. Golden Age Nite Owl Cover by Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons. To describe this piece as special doesn’t even begin to cover it. With Watchmen Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore created a story that redefined the medium. My favorite sections were about Hollis Mason the Golden Age Nite-Owl. I poured over them constantly. My own self published comic Mysteryman exists because I wanted more adventures with the character Nite Owl. So to have a new piece of Watchmen artwork by the original artist is just amazing. I love that Dave made it a cover to a comic book. This feels like this should be in Hollis’ apartment, hanging on the wall. It’s a little meta and it makes me love it all the more. I am so grateful that I got to thank Dave for this piece in person at SDCC 2018. https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1487366
  15. Congratulations man, great story too. Wonderful looking cover, enjoy it my friend.