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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Thank you very much for the update Andrew!!! And for being the bearer of good news!!! This is very great to hear.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Congratulations man, great story too. Wonderful looking cover, enjoy it my friend.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.