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  1. At the bottom of this Exiles 2 cover by J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray, you can see that the title Deadpool and issue 53 are scratched out. Exiles 2 was published in Sept. 2001, and Deadpool 53 was published Jun 2001. Sure enough, that issue's cover was also by Williams III and Gray. Just think, in an alternate universe, doppel-me is the proud owner of the Deadpool 53 cover.
  2. I got my first cover in this weekend! It's the variant cover for Exiles # 2, drawn by J.H. Williams III and inked by Mick Gray.
  3. I don't have anything cool to contribute to the "back" OA thread, unfortunately, but I have a couple of neat things on the front of some of my pages. On one of my Power Pack pages, there're some blue pencil notes in the bottom left corner. One says "overlap balloon," referring to the word balloon in a panel that they wanted moved up to overlap the panel above. Below the to-be-moved panel, there's another note that says, "On stat (don't cut or paste on original), move this panel up & to the right as shown to overlap 3rd & 5th panels." And then there are markings on the 3rd and 5th panels to direct the overlaps. Another cool thing of note is that this page was done during that period in the 80's where Marvel did those gross corner & top cutting of the pages when pulling them off the rollers. However, this page was not cut at all. My theory is that because they apparently used a fully stat page to move that panel, it's the stat page that went on the roller, and thus the original pencil and ink page borders were preserved. Good on the artist or whoever left the instruction to not mess with the original art! And I just got an F5 page in this week that's interesting. It came from the Preview comic, and each panel drawn on the page is treated as a separate showcase part, rather than a sequential story. There are 4 pieces of art on the OA page, but the top, facial picture went unused. It wasn't even inked, because the artist left a note in pencil that said "don't do" with an arrow pointing toward it for the inker. He put a note saying, "Kevin do" with arrows to the other 3 arts. Kevin Conrad is the inker. The gun has no border, and actually overlaps one of the panels a bit. In the final published page, that gun was moved into a kind of floating space with what I assume is a digitally done wallpaper-type background, and the panel that it originally overlapped was cut just a tiny bit and rebordered so it wouldn't have a weird indent or require minor redrawing. The published page has a different face pic, which I've seen the OA for on CAF. On that page, there are, I think, 4 faces that were all used on different published pages. There's also 1 additional panel which I assume is on another page of OA somewhere out there. Finally, there are various other notes on the page that of course weren't published. There are some funny captions for the 2 panels: "Sasha Ho Big Action" and "Sasha Ho Slim Action." The gun has an owner designation (original and final) and model: Sasha Ho's [formerly Molly's, because her name is scratched out] gun; MK-23 SOCOM. And there are even a couple of personal notes in the outside borders. One says, "Pay McCallum," and another says "Tom Cho XXX-XXX-XXXX," except the X's are an actual phone number. Who are McCallum and Tom Cho? Neither of those names are listed as having to do anything with the published book. Oh yeah, and at the top there's a weird number in the Issue designation: 60606. It also says Page 1 but the published page is actually 5. I just think it's neat how sometimes OA has an interesting story of its own beyond the story it tells in a book. What are some interesting notes and things on the front of your OA?
  4. The throwback cards are cool, but I also dig the crazy subsets and variants like Chrome, refractors, patch cards, 3d or lenticular, etc. And of course there are the 1/1 things like printing plates that are pretty great. And yeah, the memorabilia and autographs, too. And those Topps NOW cards usually have neat moments and fit that "limited time only" mold. Collecting and what people do with their collections of anything is similar to artwork collecting, no? You don't do much with art besides look at it most of the time. Even if someone doesn't read stats or bios on a card (though some do), they often do look at their favorite cards, players, and teams I think. I've mentioned it in another topic I think, but I sorta collect baseball cards now. I collected them big time as a kid, but now I play Fantasy Baseball with friends every year, and I like to get cards for each player on my team. And I keep it up all season, meaning when I drop and add players, I'll get cards for my new players and move the dropped players to a different part of my notebook. I don't collect like @delekkerste does by any stretch, but my Fantasy notebooks hit a lot of nostalgic points for me. Seeing cards in a binder, watching the season and collecting "my" players as I watch them live earning points for me, and trying to pick up fun cards. I'll buy a few packs each year, dig through my collection for veterans I already have cards for, and hunt down cool singles on the internet. A few years ago Topps did a Garbage Pail Kids MLB crossover subset. I also used to collect GPK, so of course I had to get the GPK card of my player. That cost me around $50. Anyhow, on a practical level, getting cards of MILB callups and rookies I draft helps me see their faces and recognize them when I see them on TV.
  5. I just can't go in on monoprints like I do pencils and inks. I even felt kinda weird getting my Stegman piece that has his digitally printed blueline roughs, even though the finished work has his detailed pencils and his inks over those roughs. To me, a monoprint feels like any other print, even if there literally won't be any other print. But high quality monoprints, just like giclées or any other high quality print, can still look very nice and be something desirable to own. There's just something about owning THE original, something done by hand that can't be 100% reproduced to exactness, that seems more special than any reproduction. The problem is that digitally produced stuff CAN be 100% reproduced to exactness. The original is a digital production, something that automatically gets backed up within the computer where it was made anyway, and where copies are sent to colorists, letterers, publishers, etc. I won't fault anyone who wants to buy and collect them, but they're not for me, at least not as long as the hand-drawn stuff is available. I will say that I highly doubt monoprints will ever be reproduced officially, except maybe in those artist's edition books. Hmmm, have we considered that possibility yet? But I think an "original" monoprint would be honored by both the artist and publisher, especially in this hobby where the old ways are still used by many artists.
  6. Most of my wants but not yet haves from artists are because of prohibitive cost and availability. But here's some artists I'd love to get pieces from, in no particular order: Art Adams: early 90s stuff John Byrne: She-Hulk (but X-Men or FF would be fine, too) Mike Mignola: I actually really like his X-Men Classic covers Marc Silvestri: Wolverine! Ron Lim: Silver Surfer or Infinity Gautlet George Perez: Infinity Gauntlet or Teen Titans Erik Larsen: Spider-Man Todd McFarlane: Spider-Man Tim Sale: Batgirl cover Bruce Timm: something published Jim Lee: X-Men, but Albert still has affordable pieces from newer stuff and I'm working toward one of those Then there are the older artists like Jack Kirby and John Buscema that'd I'd love to have works from that I may never get. But hey, collecting is as much an adventure as it is a hobby, so never say never!
  7. Well, once again I'm kind of cheating, because this is from animation and not comic art, but here's a douga, or drawing used for the creation of a cel, from Bio-Booster Armor Guyver. Although Guyver was a manga before the anime came out, so there's a comic link here.
  8. My first 2 pieces, that I got together a few years back, were emotional, as I suspect most of our first pieces are to us. But the 2nd big emotional milestone was when I recently got 3 June Brigman Power Pack pages. When I was a kid, I read lots of books, but I skipped Power Pack because I thought they were lame. Why would I want to read [what I thought was] a kid's comic, when there were much cooler heroes out there like Wolverine and the X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, etc.? Over the years, I kept seeing Power Pack comics on the shelves, at the used book store my family frequented, and I even got one in a comic grab bag I bought, which is a fairly vivid memory of disappointment. LOL. There were reboots in my adult years, but I ignored those, not feeling any sort of way toward them at this point. I worked at a comic book store in my mid twenties for about a year, and at some point my manager told me that Power Pack was one of his favorite comic series. I laughed and made fun of him, having not actually ever read it, still. Then not long back, about 2 years ago, I was perusing cheap back issues at a second-hand store and I stumbled upon an issue of Power Pack that guest-starred the X-Men. I remembered my initial distaste for the book, then my old boss' mention that it was one of his favorites, and I said, "what the heck," and bought it. That issue was a self-contained story (that kind of expanded in subsequent issues, but it was fine as a one-off), and I thoroughly enjoyed it, enough that I decided to spring for the whole collection on ebay (it was cheap). Then I started reading from the beginning, and it was magical. It took me back to my childhood in a different way than reading old books I had already read as a kid. This was like discovering something new that I had missed when it was actually new, and it resonated with that part of me in a lot of ways. I was literally the Power kids' ages during the entirety of their initial run. The book ran from 1984-1992 (if you include the Holiday Special that acted as a bookend to the series). Katie, the youngest of the pack, was 5 when the book debuted (I was 4 going on 5), and Alex, the oldest, was 12 (my age when the Holiday Special released). The first few issues were a grand sci-fi adventure that stood on its own apart from the bigger going-ons in Marvel. I grew up on sci-fi. The book had an air of innocent fun, and the way the kids acted when they did things like meet their favorite heroes, watch and talk about cool movies (like Star Wars), and even act with each other as siblings, it all touched my nostalgia buttons in a new way. Heck, even the ads in the comics themselves, like for videogames or Saturday Morning Cartoons, were all nostalgic beats. Plus, the book itself, the stories of these kids gaining extraordinary powers, learning to be responsible, messing up and learning from mistakes, hiding their powers from their parents, and just getting into crazy hijinks, is just good. It's a FUN comic book, at least at the beginning, when Louise Simonson primarily wrote it and June Brigman primarily drew it. As I started to really get into collecting OA, I wanted to get something from this series. June Brigman's art is beautiful. I figured the 80s weren't that far back and Power Pack has more of a cult following than mainstream appeal, so surely finding OA wouldn't be too hard... I searched ebay throughout the months. No luck. I Googled and found various websites. No luck. Actually, Anthony has a piece on his site and ebay that he attributes to Brigman, but it's actually done by a different artist. I think Brigman did the layouts, but the finished work is definitely not hers. Anyway, I emailed the dealers that had listings, including Spencer Beck (June's rep), and Cool Lines Artwork (this was prior to me signing up here and learning...things). Spencer replied that he was out of all Brigman PP. Cool Lines emailed me a list of everything they had PP, none of which was Brigman's. I found leads on 1, just 1 cover, but it was out of my range (in the thousands) so I didn't follow that trail. I just wanted a good interior page. Eventually, I found this forum, and decided to sign up. My very first post was 2 months before I started actively reading and posting here. I put it in the buy/sell subforum: I got no replies. So then I became more active here, and got pieces from other books and characters I like. I still searched for PP, and got a nifty non-Brigman piece from Anthony, but still had no leads for what I really wanted. Then I spoke to some of you here about CAF. I set up an account, posted my collection, and reached out. I searched the classifieds to no avail, but from posts here learned that a lot of times collectors have reached out about NFS pieces and actually been able to work out deals, so I tried that. I emailed multiple CAFers about posted pieces, and eventually got 1 reply. The owner didn't want to sell. At least he was polite and responded to me. Finally, I found a gallery where the owner had a lot of nice comic art. He was clearly a collector who has probably been in the hobby for years, and definitely spent some $$$ to acquire pieces. He also lived in Singapore. He had PP covers, which were awesome, but I assumed out of my range even if he dropped the NFS tag for me. So I inquired about an interior. He replied and said he wanted to keep that piece. Sigh... BUT! He said he had some other interiors that he might be willing to make a deal on, and these weren't posted on CAF. He sent me pictures, and we worked out a deal on 3 pages I really liked. Of course then I had to go through the payment, which wasn't bad at all, but the shipping made it worse because it cost as much as a page of artwork. Then I had to chew my nails while waiting for an international package to arrive. Oh, and Paypal froze my account for a day due to a refund error (this was cleared up quickly, thankfully), and the whole communication process took some time because of different time zones and work business, which sucks when you're an anxious buyer. LOL. But it all worked out, and I'm really glad I was able to get them.
  9. I'm sorry to hear about your brother, but that is a wonderful gift from him and rendition. Whatever his art teacher may have thought of his assignment, he recognized a master's work, indeed.
  10. Are there any artists whose style has changed enough that you actually prefer their old look to the new? I can name 3 that come to my mind: 1. Art Adams. I loved his stuff in the 90s on the X-Men, and the New Fantastic Four. Those were his golden years for me. His stuff is still great now but he started making his characters' faces wider at some point, and it just isn't as appealing to me now as it was back then. 2. Tony S. Daniel: I first discovered his art from his book, The Tenth, in the late 90s, and while it fit the typical Image mold of flashy, posy, anatomically incorrect art that was everywhere, I still really felt like his stood out from the pack. Now, his artistic ability has certainly gotten better, but it looks very different from his Tenth days, and I prefer his old, less-experienced ways. 3. Takeshi Miyazawa: His art is reminiscent of manga, but his newer stuff seems more loose. He used to take more time, it seems like, as the art was more careful. This is especially true in his faces, which used to be rounder. His looser current style works well in action scenes, but it loses some of the detail his older work had in the human moments. His technical ability has gotten better, though.
  11. I gotcha. I'm about to make one now.
  12. Well, most here probably won't agree with me, but my Prime childhood comic collecting was late 80s, early 90s, so it's Jim Lee for me. He was the first artist whose work I actually cared about. That is to say, I liked comics since a very young age, but Jim Lee was the first artist whose work I recognized and whose name I made note of. Plus, his style has remained consistent for 30ish years. He's still very detailed, very dynamic, and has the best poses, but his style itself hasn't changed as drastically as some other artists over the years. He's simply refined his style.
  13. Fun Fact: In 2007, I was at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with a friend when i noticed a lady nearby that caught my eye. I told my friend, "hey, that looks like Tia Carrere." I stared for a bit trying to decide if it really was her and she eventually saw me looking and looked back. It was kind of an expectant look, as if she was saying, "well, are you gonna say something to me?" I told my friend, "nah, probably not" and we walked off. Around the hotel I saw signs about an event going on that weekend, the Spike TV Video Game awards, so I looked up the guest list on the internet and sure enough, she was the hostess of the show. Moral of the story is the same as our hobby: chances like that don't come up often; take it when you get it! In this case I just mean saying "hi," getting a photo, etc. But you know, I missed it.