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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Congratulations man, great story too. Wonderful looking cover, enjoy it my friend.
  5. I realize this may be a strange topic. I am just throwing this out there and would love to hear from other collectors to hear if this ever happened to them and if it did, what did they do? I have been collecting art for over twenty years, with the past two being a pretty active and involved collector. This month I had the incredible good fortune to pick up several pieces that completed several major goals for my art collection. I have always wanted a Dark Knight Returns piece and at SDCC I had picked up a prelim to the cover for the DKR 10th Anniversary HC. I was thrilled!!! A gorgeous prelim that is tighter than you would expect and really shows Miller's process. Also at that same con I received a stunning Dave Gibbons commission of the golden age Nite Owl that wonderfully represents my love of Watchmen. These were two major goals that I never thought I would achieve, actually achieved. I am THRILLED with these pieces they are wonderful representations of some of my favorite artists and comics. Particularly with the budget I can afford for the hobby. But now I am having a collector's existential moment of "What's next?" "Where do I want my collection to go?" I acknowledge this is a good problem to have and that every collector is different. I know there will always be more art because I am always looking at new art. As I take a breather I wonder if something similar has ever happened to you? Have you ever reached the top of your mountain and go what's next? If it did, what did you do to evaluate or reevaluate your collection? How did you figure out what you wanted your collection to be? Did it change your collecting habits if so, how? Thanks for listening and I look forward to hearing your responses.
  6. From SDCC. Nite Owl. Golden Age cover commission. By Dave Gibbons. To describe this piece as infinitely 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 comic Mysteryman exists because I wanted more adventures with the character. 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 over the weekend. http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1487366
  7. SDCC haul. To say it was a great year doesn’t even begin to cover it. Getting even one of these pieces would have made my Con to have all of them is... miraculous. A true grail. Nite-Owl. Golden Age cover commission. By Dave Gibbons. To describe this piece as infinitely 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 comic Mysteryman exists because I wanted more adventures with the character. 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 over the weekend. The Dark Knight Returns 10th Anniversary slipcase Cover Prelim by Frank Miller. I never thought I would own a piece of DKR and even though this is merely a prelim this is more than enough. To see Frank’s pencils and process is indescribable. I found this at Graphic Collectibles and Mitch was great to work with. God Country. This commission is so special it’s hard to eloquently put into worlds why. The comic it’s based on, God Country is a masterpiece that hit me like bolt of pure Kirby Krackle. It was a beautiful story that left me speechless and in tears and was the story I needed right here, right now as I continue to miss and grieve my Dad. This year at I knew artist Geoff Shaw was attending SDCC and possibly sketching. Through fortunate circumstances and a little luck I got onto Geoff’s list. We discussed a piece that is a slight tweak on a beautiful moment for the book. I won’t lie when it was revealed to me I almost started to cry as it moved me so deeply. A treasured piece of my collection and a wonderful surprise. I am so grateful to have this moment from this wonderful story that affected me on so many levels. I also had the good fortune to thank Donny Cates in person for all his hard work in creating the comic. Thank you to Felix Comic Art for helping me acquire such a beautiful piece and to Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw for creating something so special. Please check out God Country I promise you won’t regret it. This was a commission I have wanted for years. Lee Bermejo draws one of the best renditions of Batman in modern history, the way he renders the Batsuit in particular is truly one of my favorites. I have always wanted to see his take on Batman Unmasked and finally I have and it is amazing. The piece needs to be seen in person to be believed the inks are so rich. It’s a masterpiece. Thank you to Lee for doing such a wonderful job. The incredible Nick Derington blew my mind with this Mister Miracle. I loved talking to him about comics and Batman 89 while he sketched this for free. Mister Miracle Unmasked by Mitch Gerads!!!! A free quickie I got at the DC Booth for free. I think Mitch liked that I asked for him Unmasked and with the Dad Beard so even though his line was super long he spent a few extra minutes on it, which I greatly appreciated. I also got congratulate him on his Eisner win from the night before. Mister Miracle Unmasked by Daniel Warren Johnson. A commission with enough power and energy to make Jack Kirby oh so proud. Daniel delivers a home run every time. This was a nice Rick Grimes piece by Charlie Adlard. Old Man Rick has been my favorite era of The Walking Dead so this was a very welcome piece to my collection. Charlie Adlard was not at SDCC but I was able to get this through Splash Page Art. Black Lightning commission by the amazing Sanford Greene. Sanford completely knocked this out of the park. So this was a commission that has been bouncing around my head for a while now and I knew there was only one artist who could make it work and boy was I right. I have wanted to see Idris Elba cast as Batman for while now as he is an incredible actor with the intensity and presence to play an amazing Dark Knight. I simply asked Ramon if he would give him a costume that would be his modern interpretation of the 1989 costume. He exceeded my expectations and delivered a piece that makes me want this vision to become a reality. Thanks again to Ramon for making this work so well. Icon by Ken Lashley. I am super excited for the Milestone relaunch and I loved Ken Redesign so I was thrilled to get this piece by him. Flash issue 33 Page 16. Purchased from inker Norm Rapmund. Penciled by Brett Booth. This gorgeous page features the Future Flash. I love the design of the character. The story of a broken Barry Allen who will go to any ends to fix his timeline was just so good. The Rocketeer by Darwyn Cooke. I picked up this Prelim at Albert Moy’s booth. Thrilled to have a piece by Darwyn.
  8. http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1485582 Starting my SDCC 2018 week off right. This piece is a two year collaboration that turned out even better than I could have imagined. At the 2017 C2E2 I met Dan and had the opportunity to get on his list. That alone was amazing. When it was done and I picked it up hesaid with all the times people have Commissioned him to draw Superman no ones ever asked for this pose. Which surprised me I love that it's so simple and iconic. I have always loved this pose. When I was a little kid I loved that Superman wore glasses like me. And the costume reveal/transformation show that. In May of 2018 I met Inker extraordinaire Brett Breeding at Three Rivers Comic Con. I asked Brett if he was taking any inking commissions and he said he could maybe fit it in but he offered if I wanted to have it inked with his full ink kit he would be willing to take it home and ink it there. Knowing that this would allow him to take his time I immediately took him up on the offer. Less than two months later I received word it was done and it is GLORIOUS. “The Death of Superman” was the first major comic event I ever experienced. It was the first time I learned there was more than one comic shop. I went to the phone book and called Adventures in Comics who told me they would be receiving more copies but it was not the first printing in the black bag. I didn’t care, I was just so excited to read the story. I was at the age where I honestly believed that when Superman died he was not coming back. The artwork was incredible, the power, the great use of the splash page. With Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding drawing my definitive Superman it is just incredible to have this collaboration in my collection.
  9. We are almost a week away from SDCC 2018 and I CAN. NOT. WAIT!!! This is not my first year going to SDCC but I would say this is my first year going as an active member of the Original Art Collecting Hobby. I will be there all days including Preview Night but I was wondering if you all had any advice to get the most out of the SDCC experience. Are there any original art collector meet ups? What are art/panels/ artists are you hoping to see? I can't wait for the Artist Edition Panel. Do you have any pre-show commissions set up that you can't wait to pick up? Thanks for taking the time to chat and I hope to officially meet a lot of you face to face next week.
  10. I will be there!!! I am really hoping to meet some of you in person. I have learned so much about the OA Hobby and Community since I was last there in 2016 and I can't wait to be back.
  11. Great selection of pieces. I could not pass up the Dave Gibbons Super Soldier page. Story by Gibbons and Waid , Gibbons' pencils, and Palmiotti's inks, add in an appearance by Winston Churchill!!! It really doesn't get better than this.
  12. I wish I could be there Benno. I've never made it to Heroes but EVERYONE says this is the show to be at in regards to art and the lineup of guests this year looks incredible. I think this is going to have to become a priority to get to ASAP. I hope everyone has a great time and I can't wait to see pictures of all the great new art.
  13. Thank you everyone for your input and thoughts. Also thank you RabidFerret for thinking of much better questions than I did, these are great.