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  1. I've only really done it once and had an amazing interaction. I got in touch with Ian Bederman to see if he'd sell the painting he did which inspired the character Cosmic Ghost Rider. Ian is a tattoo artist by trade and this is a split flash piece he did with his buddy Jeremy Cook. Ian is also Donny Cates' tattoo artist (and collaborator on Atomahawk). Ian showed Donny this piece and Donny showed it to Geoff Shaw as a template for Cosmic Ghost Rider. This piece was done 4 years before the character ever appeared in Marvel Comics. If you're familiar at all with my collection, you can probably i
  2. Congrats @aka_RAMSES! That's a really great piece from a really fantastic book. It's actually not uncommon for artists to do prelims like that. I know I see Daniel Warren Johnson do something very similar, although his prelims are usually traditional. In this case, the traditional pencils are definitely part of the publishing process. It may have been easier for the artist to either skip tight pencils or do the pencils digital only, but it's pretty evident based on the images that the traditional pencils were used for the final piece. One thing possibly worth pointing out is th
  3. In that scenario, it sounds like the pencils are the only piece which physically exists. I think it all depends on the quality of the pencils at that point and how many (if any) changes were made from pencils to final piece. Not a great answer, but I think in this scenario the answer is really - it depends. I think it's a big plus you're getting the only board, but opinions vary substantially around pencil only pieces.
  4. Generally I'd be hesitant to buy a piece that has pencils floating about, but I feel it's usually an exception if the artist's final product is a painting. Not sure how this piece was colored, but the colored piece is definitely highly distinct from the pencils and likely vastly more desirable. There also seem to be slight differences in the pencils and the colored piece, which indicates the pencils were largely prelim, even if very tight and close to final image. I like the example @John E. gave of Alex Ross. Even if Ross did pencils, you want the painting - there are no questions as to
  5. Cosmic Ghost Rider #3, Pages 14-15 by Dylan Burnett There's a Wolverine...
  6. Less than 24 hours left and still cheaper than the last big 2 Tradd panel page to sell at auction. Good luck all!
  7. Ultimate Fallout #4 cover sold for $225k. That might be the peak piece from 1999+. Seems wild to me that a box of Pokemon cards sold for almost double. I often wonder if the WATA VG and Pokemon sales are a sign of shifting tastes or an indicator that OA still has room to grow. Or maybe a little of both.
  8. I've dipped my toe into the dangerous waters of regret with the current ComicLink auction, consigning the first piece of art to ever leave my collection. On offer is a gorgeous cover by modern master Tradd Moore. Demand for Tradd's work has hit stratospheric levels recently with the success of Silver Surfer: Black driving most panel pages from his DC and Marvel work into the $2,000+ range. This is a fantastic opportunity to take home a Marvel cover featuring Tradd's signature level of incredible detail. The art is full bleed edge to edge on a standard 11 x 17 board. This piece is really a sigh
  9. I know nothing about the Silvestri Wolverine market, but I would err on this side of suggested FMVs. I think the fact this page is from issue #50 and it's an ideal image (moreso than the comps cited) means it should be a good deal more than the comps. Not to mention how absolutely crazy the market is. I'd hesitate to sell it any way but at auction - where you're essentially guaranteed FMV.
  10. NFTs are held in "wallets." Wallets have private keys which grant you access. If you can access the wallet, you can transfer the contents to the public address of any other wallet. You can put the private key for the wallet holding the NFT somewhere not publicly visible on the physical art, thus giving a future owner access to the wallet holding the NFT. I find this somewhat problematic, however, as it substantially increases the odds of theft of the art's NFT. It will be curious to see if better, similar solutions are derived.
  11. I do taxes professionally, including some work in the crypto space. If you purchase anything with crypto, you have to recognize gain or loss on the crypto as if you had sold it and used USD to make the purchase. It's a really bad tax answer for a lot of folks and very administratively burdensome. I imagine many people buying NFTs or trading crypto pairs either don't know how the taxes work or willfully ignore how it works
  12. I believe she is confirmed for Into the Spider-Verse 2 and there has been discussion / rumors of a live-action show or movie. I agree with the assessment of $50-60k. I have no idea how to value it, but based on bidding a piece usually doubles its last day. I wouldn't expect there to be too much more bidding action before the last day.
  13. By those standards, none of it matters anyways. Comics as a whole are a blip relative to history. Considering Miles Morales in the context of comic history, I think it's pretty safe the character and this cover are going to age very, very well. But time will tell.
  14. The current market cares substantially more about context right now. I think that trend is going to continue as newer collectors are most likely to come from the comic book market and/or because they're fans of the movies. Comic book collectors care about context above all else. Movie fans will want to contextualize their collectibles in terms of how they relate to the movies. The contextuality of comic collectibles is inseparable from their value since it's ultimately the 60+ years of aggregated lore which gives them meaning. Agreed. I believe this is likely the most important
  15. Great article! I got a set of these coasters by Tom King at HeroesCon 2019. Tom wasn't at the event, but had donated them to raise money for charity.