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Anyone know what Timm would charge for sketches at a con? Anyone have any idea of what his rates would be?

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$50 for a head sketch, and thats all he will do, no full body, no 2 heads, etc etc.

 

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I think he just does quick head sketches. Albert Moy usually has a number of predone pinups for sale at cons.

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Cool, thanks guys. I was just curious how much of a mark up there is on dealer sites for his art.

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Years ago I walked into the only comic store in Monterey California and he was there doing free sketches. There was no line and I asked for one with Batman kicking my .

 

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=446005

 

Just head shots these days huh? Seems like most of the work these days is nudes. How did you go from being known for creating such an popular version of Batman to doing generic cartoon nudes? Was there a transitional period with Batman nudes? lol

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I think usually at the start of a convention when the doors open, people line up at Bruce Timm's table (even before he gets to the show sometimes, and they wait), then he takes about a dozen or so names along with the character you want (1 per person), you can leave your sketchbook or he uses his own 8" x 11" paper and it costs anywhere from $40 to $50, depending on the show and you pick it up at the end of the show, so you don't have to wait around (unless you're amongst the 1st few and wanted to watch the process and chat).

 

Then in the after market, there's folks who re-sell those on eBay/CAF or other websites for auction, so for those collectors who can't attend a show, sometimes the aftermath of a convention is an influx of sketches from those collectors who navigate through the shows, referred to many within the hobby as "flippers" that have a purpose of acquiring art for resale/profiteering than fandom. Heck, some of 'em even come with their friends or pay others to stand in line with them to get multiples.

 

I'd recommend, if you can't get a piece directly from Bruce Timm, the above mentioned art dealer, Albert Moy sells high quality pieces (commission quality) of greater detail than convention sketches and would say your money is best spent with Albert than through the aftermarket on convention sketches.

 

I personally believe that what makes convention sketches nice is not just the art, but the experience of meeting the artist, and knowing a piece was draw specifically for you, so there's more of an emotional (nostalgic) attachment to a piece when you look at it and add it to your collection, so there's a personal story behind each piece, which is especially true for ellusive artists where the thrill of the chase may be frustrating, but it adds to the appreciation of the eventual acquisition.

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If I am remembering correctly, Bruce Timm wanted in the range of $1,200 for a commission at Comic-Con last year. I like Timm, but man, that seems a little high.

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I like his convention head sketches, but you pay a nice premium on the secondary market. I had my heart set on a Bruce Timm sketch at the '09 NYCC, but he wasn't sketching (or really signing) at the show.

 

When Albert has BT's full figured pencil or ink prelims they tend to go for $300-500. If you are looking for a Justice League or Batman character, that will be your best bet. Albert may get a fresh stock of those around San Diego. I remember 2 years ago Albert had a bunch of beautiful tonal pieces for reasonable prices. If you want something more than a head sketch you could contact Albert to see if he has other BT pieces that have not made it online yet.

 

 

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I just got a nice bruce timm sketch at ECCC last weekend. they were 50 dollars. He took a commission list each day. 20 names a day. They were head and shoulder sketches. Bruce really doesn't take full commissions anymore. If he was charging 1200 for a full commission at SDCC it was probably because he didn't really want to do it.

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Actually, what I think happens is that the full-fugure--and I think full color--commissions are taken by Albert for BT some time before S.D. for delivery at S.D. He just does head sketches at the con.

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Just for kicks I checked Moy's site and fell goofy in love with the Timm pages from "World's Greatest Comic Magazine". For a brief second I actually entertained the idea of selling a Kirby page to afford one!

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