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  1. Thank you everyone for your input and thoughts. Also thank you RabidFerret for thinking of much better questions than I did, these are great.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. I know the pages I got were unpublished and from the end of his career but I was shocked that I was able to get the two pages I did for the prices I did (Splash for $436 and panel page for $136). For the past year most Aparo pages before this were falling at $1K plus. I am an Aparo fan from the late 80's and 90's and those pages are completely gone. (When I tell that to most collectors they are surprised since the Brave and the Bold stuff is what most people covet) What I would give for a page from Knightfall or a page with Batman unmasked but I know that would easily run me $3-5K if I was lucky and that is out of my price range. I am very interested to see where the Aquaman pages fall as well. There seems to have been quite a wave of Aparo pages showing up in auction I am wondering what is up?
  6. Thanks so much Rick, it really is something I was genuinely blown away when I opened up the splash and examined it.
  7. My latest addition. Jim Aparo Batman Unpublished Inventory Splash Page 14 Original Art (DC, c. 1990s). A stunning right hook on a powerful splash page autographed "For Neal - Best Wishes - Jim Aparo" in the lower margin. Ink over graphite on DC Bristol board with an image area of 10.5" x 15". The page is has light handling wear in the margins, causing slight discolorations. There are water stains on the reverse side, but not onto the front. In Excellent condition. This is a very special page for me as it is drawn by my all time favorite Batman artist Jim Aparo. The Inker for this page would be Stan Woch. Estimated year of creation is 1997 based on the time period that Jim and Stan collaborated on Batman: Shadow of the Bat. This is definitely representative of Aparo ‘s later work but it definitely captures what I love about his work. The page is so powerful and the dynamic. It’s also a splash page. Which is one of the first few I have been able to acquire. This is also signed by Aparo which is amazing... I wonder who Neal was and how he got this page. Why do I love Jim Aparo? When I was five my Dad bought me my first comic, Batman #442. Prior to this my exposure to Batman was the 1989 Tim Burton film and the Super Power Action figure. I remember picking up Batman #442 off the shelf of Phantom of the Attic in Parkway Center Mall. The cover by George Perez featured Robin (Tim Drake) swinging towards us with the Batsignal shining bright perfectly framing the Boy Wonder. It’s an iconic cover and I can easily see why my five year old self picked it up of the shelf even though the issue was not a new release. The comic was drawn by the incomparable Mr. Jim Aparo. Since that day Jim Aparo’s unmistakable style is, was, and will always be synonymous with my favorite storytelling medium and my favorite fictional character. Aparo’s style was a no nonsense superhero style. His Batman was built more like a gymnast than bodybuilder, which lent to how Batman would move and fight. His pacing was perfect Aparo’s action and storytelling is still my favorite and epitomizes what comics are to me. I have collected comic art and sketches for almost twenty years with the past two being a very active and engaged member of the OA community and in all that time I have not had an opportunity to really afford an Aparo Batman page whether that be because of my own ignorance or financial limitations. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Aparo but the stories I have heard from other collectors are that he was polite and pretty modest, not quite grasping why the fans loved his art so much. To this day I would love to know more about him and hope to hear more during my collecting adventures. Granted I had just won an Aparo Page, my first and also from this unpublished Inventory story. But when this page presented itself on Heritage I knew I had to take a shot. Previously I had not won any auction on Heritage, to be honest it was never even close. So this time I looked at the page and made my bid, which I was hoping since the page was unpublished would bring me over the top. As I watched the clock run down and the hammer drop I won another piece from my grail Batman/Comic artist. The joy was palpable and I knew that this was an even greater example of Jim Aparo’s work. My Batman artist.
  8. I realize there may not be an answer to this question but I would rather ask the community and know, than not ask and maybe miss my chance. I would love to get a sketch/commission from Dave Gibbons. I have tried at previous cons and have not lucked out. The sketch I would ask for really would not be more than a bust of a single character. Is there a way to reach out to Mr. Gibbons and or a rep? Any advice for this rookie art collector would be appreciated. Thank you.
  9. My second Aparo piece is gorgeous!!! Feel free to share your thoughts, Aparo OA, or just your appreciation of a great artist. My latest addition. Jim Aparo Batman Unpublished Inventory Splash Page 14 Original Art (DC, c. 1990s). A stunning right hook on a powerful splash page autographed "For Neal - Best Wishes - Jim Aparo" in the lower margin. Ink over graphite on DC Bristol board with an image area of 10.5" x 15". The page is has light handling wear in the margins, causing slight discolorations. There are water stains on the reverse side, but not onto the front. In Excellent condition. This is a very special page for me as it is drawn by my all time favorite Batman artist Jim Aparo. The Inker for this page would be Stan Woch. Estimated year of creation is 1997 based on the time period that Jim and Stan collaborated on Batman: Shadow of the Bat. This is definitely representative of Aparo ‘s later work but it definitely captures what I love about his work. The page is so powerful and the dynamic. It’s also a splash page. Which is one of the first few I have been able to acquire. This is also signed by Aparo which is amazing... I wonder who Neal was and how he got this page. Why do I love Jim Aparo? When I was five my Dad bought me my first comic, Batman #442. Prior to this my exposure to Batman was the 1989 Tim Burton film and the Super Power Action figure. I remember picking up Batman #442 off the shelf of Phantom of the Attic in Parkway Center Mall. The cover by George Perez featured Robin (Tim Drake) swinging towards us with the Batsignal shining bright perfectly framing the Boy Wonder. It’s an iconic cover and I can easily see why my five year old self picked it up of the shelf even though the issue was not a new release. The comic was drawn by the incomparable Mr. Jim Aparo. Since that day Jim Aparo’s unmistakable style is, was, and will always be synonymous with my favorite storytelling medium and my favorite fictional character. Aparo’s style was a no nonsense superhero style. His Batman was built more like a gymnast than bodybuilder, which lent to how Batman would move and fight. His pacing was perfect Aparo’s action and storytelling is still my favorite and epitomizes what comics are to me. I have collected comic art and sketches for almost twenty years with the past two being a very active and engaged member of the OA community and in all that time I have not had an opportunity to really afford an Aparo Batman page whether that be because of my own ignorance or financial limitations. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Aparo but the stories I have heard from other collectors are that he was polite and pretty modest, not quite grasping why the fans loved his art so much. To this day I would love to know more about him and hope to hear more during my collecting adventures. Granted I had just won an Aparo Page, my first and also from this unpublished Inventory story. But when this page presented itself on Heritage I knew I had to take a shot. Previously I had not won any auction on Heritage, to be honest it was never even close. So this time I looked at the page and made my bid, which I was hoping since the page was unpublished would bring me over the top. As I watched the clock run down and the hammer drop I won another piece from my grail Batman/Comic artist. The joy was palpable and I knew that this was an even greater example of Jim Aparo’s work. My Batman artist.
  10. Great piece!!! Bagley is my favorite Spidey artist, hands down.
  11. So last night I won my first Jim Aparo page. Per Heritage.com “The page is most likely from an unused inventory story, as it was created on 1990 DC Bristol board, with no issue number written in the top margin, nor any other publication stamps. Ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 9" x 14.75". Creasing in top left and bottom right corners, but doesn't affect the image area. In Excellent Condition.” This is a very special page for me as it is drawn by my all time favorite Batman artist Jim Aparo. My best guess based on the inking is that the Inker for this page would be Stan Woch. Estimated year of creation is 1997 based on the time period that Jim and Stan collaborated on Batman: Shadow of the Bat. This is definitely representative of Aparo ‘s later work but it’s still absolutely fantastic. When I was five my Dad bought me my first comic, Batman #442. Prior to this my exposure to Batman was the 1989 Tim Burton film and the Super Power Action figure. I remember picking up Batman #442 off the shelf of Phantom of the Attic in Parkway Center Mall. The cover by George Perez featured Robin (Tim Drake) swinging towards us with the Batsignal shining bright perfectly framing the Boy Wonder. It’s an iconic cover and I can easily see why my five year old self picked it up of the shelf even though the issue was not a new release. The comic was drawn by the incomparable Mr. Jim Aparo. Since that day Jim Aparo’s unmistakable style is, was, and will always be synonymous with my favorite storytelling medium and my favorite fictional character. Aparo’s style was a no nonsense superhero style. His Batman was built more like a gymnast than bodybuilder, which lent to how Batman would move and fight. His pacing was perfect Aparo’s action and storytelling is still my favorite and epitomizes what comics are to me. I have collected comic art and sketches for almost twenty years with the past two being a very active and engaged member of the OA community and in all that time I have not had an opportunity to really afford an Aparo Batman page whether that be because of my own ignorance or financial limitations. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Aparo but the stories I have heard from other collectors are that he was polite and pretty modest, not quite grasping why the fans loved his art so much. To this day I would love to know more about him and hope to hear more during my collecting adventures. When this page presented itself on Heritage I knew I had to take a shot. Previously I had not won any auction on Heritage, to be honest it was never even close. So this time I looked at the page and made my bid, which I was hoping since the page was unpublished would bring me over the top. As I watched the clock run down and the hammer drop I finally won a piece from my grail Batman/Comic artist. The joy was palpable and I knew that this would be the first of many pieces I would eventually own from Jim Aparo. My Batman artist. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet him. I was wondering if anyone here had the chance to meet him at a Comic Con or Signing and if they did, would they mind sharing any stories or anecdotes about this incredible artist. What was he like? Thank you in advance.
  12. So far it’s been a very good art month for me. I have not bought as much original art I as did last year but the pieces I have acquired have meant a lot. Last month I bought a page from the excellent Green Lantern Earth One by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko. Then I lucked out on this gorgeous warm up sketch of Will Eisner’s the Spirit by Daniel Warren Johnson and last but not least I finally own a page by Jim Aparo!!! Aparo is my grail Batman artist so this is a really big collecting mile stone for me and I just had to share.
  13. Hearing these Tales from the Con makes me so happy. SDCC 2017 was the first time I have missed since 2006 and I realize I was lucky to have gone that many years. I know these is a lot of griping about how the con has changed but I still think the energy and excitement that permeates the air of San Diego for that weekend is something special. Fortunately I am going this year and I am so excited to be going back now more than ever since I have really immersed myself in the original art hobby. Thank you so much for sharing these.
  14. Great story, I love that Paolo and his father collaborate to create such beautiful art. Thanks for sharing this.
  15. WOW. Regardless of what we now know regarding Batman's creation that is still pretty incredible. I love hearing stories from SDCC from the pre-pop culture explosion where you would just be able to walk up to legends like Kirby and find OA like the piece you just shared. That's incredible. The first time I went to SDCC it was 2006 which was right when it really started to blow up and go more Pop Culture Con. I was still able to buy tickets for Sunday just by waiting in line. So I can kind of imagine the SDCC back before things went crazy. Also Jim Aparo is my definitive Batman artist so great choice in first comic and Original Art pick up. Batman #442 was my first comic also drawn by Jim. I dream of one day picking up a piece by him. Thanks for sharing this story.
  16. What a wonderful time, Dynamic Forces Fan Fest sounds amazing. I met Mark Millar at a signing at Golden Apple for the release of War Heroes. Both he and Tony Harris were there and there was an open bar. The line was incredibly slow as Mark was extremely generous with his time talking to every fan, as Tony was signing at a table Mark would take a break and start walking the line signing and talking to everyone individually. It was really nice he did not rush anyone and really tried to take his time. I have only met Azz super briefly he was hanging out with Frank Miller when I met him at the C2E2 meet and greet. It was a very quick hi and thank you. Thank you so much for sharing this.
  17. Collecting original art is a personal hobby where we purchase a piece of pure nostalgia. Sometimes from a dealer, sometimes from the artist directly. Regardless it brings us deeper in the hobby of comics, a hobby that we love. Does anyone have any tales from the hobby they want to share? A cool interaction with a creator? The joy of finding their grail. Whatever was an experience you were able to have because of the hobby. Last year I was able to meet Frank Miller at a con meet and greet and acquire a Dark Knight Head sketch. It was a brief interaction but one that I treasure. , The sketch itself is a simple sketch, I can see the pencil and ink marks which is awesome. What's more valuable for me was the time I spent talking with Frank. Our encounter was brief but meaningful. The traditional Frank Miller scowl in the picture hides a genuine warmth. He was gracious as he signed my books. I thanked him for his hard work and countless contributions to my favorite medium. I said he changed how I read comics, when in an interview, he said (and I paraphrase) more than any other medium the reader controls the speed of the story and I want them to slow down." That changed how I read comics going forward. I told him I wish I could say something more thoughtful and profound. He indicated my remarks were more than enough. I thanked him again and added how much I am enjoying DKIII and his artwork in the mini comics "it's very "Punk Rock Kirby" he smiled again and said "I've never heard that, it's weird and I like it. We need to get that on a shirt. I concluded by wishing him a great con. It was such a special moment for me. I know this is not the craziest of moments but it really resonated with me, now it's your turn, what is one of your favorite memories of the hobby?
  18. If an example of an article is not possible if anyone has suggestions for people on CAF who write great descriptions of their art I would happily take those suggestions as well.
  19. I'm looking for examples of articles where collectors talk about their collection and specific pieces of art. (sketches, commissions, and published pages) I know this is something that the CFA-APA http://cfa-apa.blogspot.com/ does in their publications. Does anyone have an example of one of their articles? I am curious how its structured and how experienced collectors write about and describe their collection. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you.
  20. I have been fortunate in my sketch collecting. Frank Miller Dark Knight Head Sketch acquired at 2017 C2E2. Gotham By Gaslight Batman by Mike Mignola acquired at the LA Book Festival. Daredevil by Lee Bermejo acquired at SDCC Ted Kord Blue Beetle by Ivan Reis acquired at SDCC 09. Captain America by Paolo Rivera acquired at a signing at Jim Hanley’s Paolo was working in Mythos Captain America at the time and showed me a few gorgeous pages. Jon Snow by Liam Sharp SDCC 2016. What that man accomplished in minutes with a sharpie just blew my mind. Hope you enjoy.
  21. I have resigned myself to the fact that grails are a tier of art and not just a single piece. In 2017 I Acquired a beautiful Jim Lee Justice League page. While I would love to have a Dark Knight Page the art that would mean the most to me is to have pieces by Jim Aparo my favorite and definitive Batman artist. He drew Batman 442 which was my first comic. I would do anything to have a page from that issue or a page that would feature Batman Unmasked drawn by Aparo. Alas I got into the game too late. I know there are Aparo Batman pages out there but they are no longer cheap and a lot of them are still with the estate and may never be released...This post is becoming depressing...Sorry about that. But I will not give up I know I will eventually get an Aparo Batman page SDCC is only five months away and believe me I will be looking.
  22. One of the few pieces I have framed is a cover recreation by Alex Maleev of his cover to Daredevil issue 57 which was my favorite issue from my favorite arc. The King of Hells Kitchen was Bendis and Maleev firing on all cylinders. Alex was at a guest of I think Anthony’s Comic Art in SDCC back in 2007 and he created this for me on the spot. Still on of my favorite pieces.
  23. One of my favorite themes in my collection is Batman in his anti-Superman armor from the Dark Knight Returns final chapter “The Dark Knight Falls” Below you can see three of my favorite pieces from the theme. The are by Chris Samnee, Aaron Kuder, and Carlos D’Anda. I hope you like them.