comicfanboy007

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  1. 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.  

     

     


  2. 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 

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

     

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  5. On ‎7‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 1:17 AM, thethedew said:

    I have a message which IDW's Scott Dunbier requested I forward to the good folks reading this thread:
     

    While the line is certainly slowing down, which it needs to after 75 or so books from IDW alone, but—with apologies to Mark Twain—the reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated.
    More to come, unfounded rumors be d----d.
    Best, 
    Scott

    There ya go.  From the Horse's mouth, etc.
    Andrew

    Thank you very much for the update Andrew!!!  And for being the bearer of good news!!! This is very great to hear.


  6. 4 hours ago, ZimmermanTelegram said:

    There is (this is from another forum I belong to):

    Darwyn Cooke - They are reissuing the Parker Martini Edition and coming out with a second volume:  Martini Edition: Last Call

    The EC Covers AE will be more than 50 % covers that have not been in AE format before.  No percentage was actually discussed.

    Cockrum X-Men Artifact Edition Next Year.

    Frankenstein next year.  Will have a lot of other material and sketches.

    John Byrne Artifact Edition  in October looks great.

    Also discussed was the Roy G. Krenkel Centennial Book out in October.  Not technically an AE but all of the art was shot from the originals.

    Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt - next year.

    Complete Mr. A  --2 volumes, maybe three.  Looks like the Ditko family will be  releasing much of his work in the coming years.

     

    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.

    24 minutes ago, Brian Peck said:

    I heard IDW will be shutting down its AE line. This must be what they still have in the pipeline. No mention of Steranko's Shield.

    Oh no that's awful news...I am so sorry to hear that.


  7.  

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    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.

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  8. 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.

     


  9. 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.

     

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

     


  12. 22 hours ago, cheekyj2112 said:

    Hi all

    We have just updated the website with a number of new pieces.

    I will be at San Diego next month if anyone wants to pick up art in person

    Artists added include:
    Dave Gibbons
    Frank Quitely
    Mark Buckingham

    Dave Stevens

    Barry Windsor Smith
    Rick Leonardi
    John Bolton
    Joe Linsner
    Adam Hughes
    Eduardo Risso

    The Brian Bolland Joker cover has been reduced in price.


    Thanks for looking.
     

    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.


  13. 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.


  14. 9 hours ago, RabidFerret said:

    I've been wondering about this topic recently as well, and while fire protection is one of my concerns, it's not the only one.

    On the most basic of levels - theft concerns me. Not that most people know what this stuff is when they see it, and they couldn't sell it publicly without drawing attention, but plenty of people still steal things for the thrill or because they like the pretty pictures.

    Water damage is another concern. Not that a safe solves that entirely, but it certainly seems a lot more watertight than a bookcase or whatever piece of furniture we store our art in.

    So I'm curious for thoughts from people who have bought safes for their art.

    1. Did you go with a gun safe or a burglary/fire safe?
    2. How big of a safe did you get dimension-wise?
    3. Any particular brand?
    4. Do you store the art in portfolios? Museum boxes? 
    5. Do you store the art inside of plastic tubs inside the safe?
    6. Are you concerned about moisture inside the safe? Do you use desiccant bags to reduce moisture or does that risk drying out the art?
    7. In retrospect, was it worth it to you? Do you sleep easier?

    And anything else I'm overlooking that a safe owner may find important.

    Thank you everyone for your input and thoughts. Also thank you RabidFerret for thinking of much better questions than I did, these are great.


  15. Hi Everyone,

    So my original art collection is starting to grow, both in size and financial value/input. I have considered insurance but there seems to be a lot of steps and prohibitive cost associated with that. I am looking at getting a safe for my collection. I am primarily concerned more about fire more than theft and I am not sure where to start. My collection is stored primarily in 14x17 portfolios and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. Any input regarding collection protection would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.  


  16. Had an amazing time at 3 Rivers Comicon 2018 this weekend. Met some new friends, talked Comics and art with some old friends and all in all had an amazing time. Thanks to all involved!!!

    Nightwing. If this piece had a title I would call it “Balance.” In one hand he is clutching his original Robin costume. In his other hand he is clutching the cape and cowl of Batman. 

    This is piece that shows the history of Grayson from his start as Robin to his evolution into Nightwing and even the times that he has stepped in to wear the cape and cowl and his possible future. 
    Drawn by the quintessential Nightwing artist Scott McDaniel. This 11x17 piece was commissioned at the 2018 Three Rivers Comic Con. Scott was gracious and just a great to work with and I had the added bonus of talking with his mom Dolores, who is the nicest person you will meet at any comic convention ever. I have wanted a piece by Scott for a while now and this delivered in every way shape and form. 
     
    Mister Miracle by Pat Olliffe. This 9x12 commission was obtained at Three Rivers Comic Con. I had the good fortune of meeting Pat weeks earlier at Big Bang Comics in Sewickley. He did a fantastic Batman Unmasked for me then. At his table he had an awesome print of Orion. It was then the light bulb went off for me. 
    Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s collaboration has been a revelation and truly the best comics on the shelves. I asked Pat to draw Mister Miracle unmasked with his beard clutching his Fourth World Sword. Pat is an INCREDIBLE artist but this was truly next level. He exceeded my own very high expectations. 
     
    “Death in the Family” by Mike DeCarlo. This was a piece that I picked up from a dealer at Three Rivers Comic Con. According to the dealer he bought this a few months ago from Mike directly. This beautiful piece was a commission that was not picked up. 
    Mike DeCarlo worked with my favorite Batman Artist Jim Aparo specifically Batman “Death in the Family.”
     
    Death of Superman by Brett Breeding.  I met Brett at the 2018 Three Rivers Comic Con. I asked him for this piece as “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. Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding drew the definitive Superman for me. 
    Watching Brett draw this was a treat, his line work is so precise that it was magic watching this come to life. 
     
    Electric Superman Blue by Ron Frenz. This was a fun commission. I have seen Ron at several shows in fact the first original art I ever bought was from Ron at the Pittsburgh Comic Con back when it was still at the Monroeville Convention Center. The pages features Superman when he had the Electric powers and Containment Suit. I thought they were so cool. I wanted to see him holding the classic costume. When I told Ron that’s what I wanted he smiled and seemed genuinely happy that I asked for that. I was very happy with how this turned out and Ron delivered a great piece. 
     
    Batman #563 No Man’s Land: Part 3 Page 22
    Writer: Bob Gale 
    Pencils: Alex Maleev 
    Inks: Wayne Faucher 
     
    Such a great page depicting the first meeting of Batman and Batgirl (Helena Bertinelli). This was when Alex Maleev was drawing with traditional pencils. I love the conversation between Batman and Batgirl and the inks by Wayne Faucher are just perfect. This took a little convincing for Wayne to part with it but I am so happy that I know own this page. I loved “No Man’s Land” it’s escalation from “Cataclysm” was incredibly fun comics. 
     
    Batman: Shadow of the Bat #87
    Writer: Greg Rucka
    Penciler: Mike Deodato
    Inker: Wayne Faucher 
     
    A great page by Mike Deodato purchased from Wayne Faucher at Three Rivers Comic Con. 
     
    Titans #10 Page 1
    Writer: Judd Winick 
    Penciler: Howard Porter 
    Inker: Wayne Faucher 
     
    A wonderful splash page featuring The Justice League drawn by the preeminent JLA artist Howard Porter. An incredible find at Three Rivers Comic Con
     
    All in all this years Three Rivers Comic Con was a resounding success I met all my goal met some wonderful people, talked with some wonderful people, and made some fantastic additions to my art collection. 

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  17. On 5/18/2018 at 1:35 PM, Chillax23 said:

    I love Aparo's work on Batman - for me Knightfall was the huge Batman story growing up - so I was really excited when I was able to pick up this page by Aparo from Batman 494:

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    This is incredible!!! Knightfall pages are so rare. I love this. That was a great issue and this page is fantastic storytelling by Jim. Thank you so much for sharing this I hope one day to have a Knightfall page myself. Thank you again!