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Art I own

For various reasons, I don't buy original art.  It's something of a financial indulgence, I'm a reader not a collector, and who has space to display it?  But I just made an exception.  I received a hair over $200 for my Anything That Loves story, and by coincidence I saw that Howard Cruse was discounting a lot of his original art.
  
He's better known today for Stuck Rubber Baby, but he carved out a niche in the less-psychotic wing of the 1970s underground comix with Barefootz, then in the 1980s came out and did a strip for The AdvocateWendel was a full-page strip (then two-page when they switched from newspaper to magazine format) about a determinedly up-beat gay-next-door and the people in his life.  I "discovered" it looking thru back issues of the magazine that an older friend had held onto, and it's definitely one of the things that rekindled my childhood dreams of making comix myself.  So the chance to own some of it at a price I could justifiably afford ($250 for a 2-page story) was too good to pass up. Especially when I saw that the next-to-last episode was still available.  The magazine was dropping the strip (and one by Alison Bechdel) in a misguided attempt at respectability, so Howard was tying up some long-running threads, including the trashy sci-fi novel that Wendel had been writing in his spare time.  Which for some reason kinda speaks to me, ya know?

The pages are an imposing 16x22" each (good thing I don't have a lot of art on my walls, eh?) and clean enough that you'd almost think he skipped pencils and went straight to pen and ink (and a little brushwork on the hair).  100% hand-lettered.  A few bits of white-out here and there, and one spot where he cut out a small piece of the board surface to remove a mistake.  The logo was preprinted on adhesive paper, and the "next issue" caption is also done on a white sticker.  Just-legible camera snaps follow:

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Comments

  • Those are great pages, good for you.
  • Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
  • Cool stuff! 
  • The pages look great Jason. Congrats. I remember his column in Comics Scene magazine...Loose Cruse.
  • Feel free to talk about any neat stuff y'all own.
  • I need to dig out that Sherry Flennikin drawing from the mid 70s.
  • edited September 2013
    I have two original pages by Lea Hernandez from Killer Princesses.  And a lot of signed posters from various people. 
  • I have a modest art collection. The highlight is a page from my debut, BATMAN ALLIES SECRET FILES 2005, signed by inker Jimmy Palmiotti. I also have hanging:
    * A page from NEW WARRIORS, drawn by our @RichardPace
    *A BUFFY page from an older Dark Horse mini series
    *A NIGHTWING page from Devin Grayson's run
    * A great splash page from MUTANT X
    An original James O'Barr CROW piece
    *The first page of L'ANGE DE BASTOGNE, drawn by our @marvinmann
    *The first page of BATMAN STRIKES #30
    *A print of a Mack/Palmiotti/Quesada DAREDEVIL cover, although honestly I've forgotten which issue it is
    *A page from one of my STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE stories
    *Alex Ross's SUPER GROVER print
  • I got one of Colleen Doran's pages from ORBITER.
  • I have a page of Mick Gray's CHASE, by DC Comics.  Brilliant blacks and technical work.
    I also have (somewhere) a page of Adam Warren's DIRTY PAIR, by Dark Horse Comics.
  • I've got:

    A page of each of the Luther Strode, from Tradd.

    A page of Riley Rossmo art.

    A page of Yale Stewart's stuff from the Luther back ups.
  • I've got a gang of pages from Marv and Jorge for Doug/BBB and some stuff that never got off the ground; I've got the Death-walks-off-the-roof page from Doug and the "Where Is My Mind" riff from BBB framed on my living room wall.

    I also have a birthday comic from Harry Myland joking about how I always accuse him of cheating at SFIV and WWE and such (he's actually just good), and one of Jorge's sketchbooks he sent me.

    I have a Ryan Ottley model sheet of that Skeletor guy from Invincible, and a Ryan Dunlavey Tommy Atomic sketch (weirdly huge influence on me in high school; I was a ska kid, shut up, go away) that I got at the same WW Philly eight million years ago (also bought what I thought was a knock off Aurora model kit of Adam Strange, only to find out it was an empty box; I use it for art supplies).
  • @joshhechinger, you want to trade a Doug page for something marv did with me?
  • @RussellLissau - I'd be genuinely honored for you to own some Doug art, and you should talk to Marv about that, but I'd also feel kinda weird swapping a bit of a gift I got for a bit of a gift you got, to be honest.
  • I don't mind.
  • edited September 2013
    Thanks, @marvinmann!

    @Joshhechinger, I have pages left from Greedy, L'ange de Bastogne, Daily Grind and One Last Thing -- including the covers for DG and L'ange.

    Keep in mind, the pages I have were less a gift and more of me selling them for Marv and splitting the proceeds. So I don't mind, either.
  • Ah, sorry, I think I was unclear. I'm...not really looking to part with my pages? Like, I'm pretty sentimental about stuff like that; a lot of it is coulda-been covers, alt-takes, the Tokyopop pitch pages...nostalgic process stuff.

    That's why I was saying talk to Marv: he's got a wider selection of pages from the book, and I assumed he'd be cool setting you up with some of the final art.

    Sorry for the miscommunication...
  • I assumed you had all of it. I will talk to @marvinmann.
  • edited September 2013
    I don't own any original pages, but I have four framed original pieces on the wall above my drafting table.  

    One is a commission of my Angry Faerie character by Ben Dunn.  

    Another is a Angry Faerie ink sketch done by Jason Martin, which he did as a warm up at an event we were sharing a table at.  

    Back in 1989 I had a 'pen-pal' who sent me an original piece by an artist I was familiar with but who hadn't really 'broken big' yet.  So I have a 9x12 Adam Hughes original on the wall.  It's amazing how much his style has changed over the years.

    Next to the AH! piece, I have the Scarlet Witch commission I got from George Perez at Denver Comic-Con.  It is amazing.
  • I own a Marv Mann page drawn for the Reading With Pictures textbook (written by Russell).

    I own the original pin-up art that J. Christopher Greulich did for my Red Angel Dragnet Kickstarter.

    And this, well I hate having to admit this, but I used to have an original Hellboy sketch that Mignola drew and an Enid sketch that Daniel Clowes drew. They were personalized pieces done for me in a sketchbook. I was out of work for about a year, maybe five or six years ago now, and I had to sell both pieces to cover rent. 

    That sucked. Don't be out of work, if you can avoid it.
  • I have a bunch of art from various artists who worked in my comics (a lot of them don't use digital), and some nice 1960's GGA and classic Archie art I bought online. 

    This is an original comic by Kate Beaton, who is doing the cover for Best American Comics this year. AFAIK it's one of the very few of her original works ever sold. I bought it from a charity auction on Ebay. 

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  • Like Quest said, I'm a reader, not a collector. 

    The only original comics art that I own, not from my own work, is a page out of Bruce Mutard's graphic novel THE SACRIFICE. It was a wedding gift from Bruce (I asked him for it; it wasn't hubris on his part.)

    J.Stew gave me a page of the colouring from the section he drew in McBlack Two Shot. He colours by hand over photocopies of the inks. He also gave me an ex libris page from his GIANTS series.



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