Whiteout

Whiteout by Karon
Whiteout, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Steve Lieber. Love how Steve creates texture by using whiteout for snow. Exciting story with excellent female leads turned into an unfortunately dreadful movie.

100 Bullets Color Guide – art by Eduardo Risso, colors by Grant Goleash

100 Bullets Color Guide - art by Eduardo Risso, colors by Grant Goleash by Karon
100 Bullets Color Guide – art by Eduardo Risso, colors by Grant Goleash, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

I love Eduardo Risso’s art but his 100 Bullets pages were out of my price range so I was pleased to find that Grant Goleash had his color guides for sale at San Diego. The late 1990s were a time of change in how comics were colored so there is a wide variety of style in color guides. Grant colored an 8×10 copy of the art which was used to determine the color used to print the comic. Some colorists still wrote in the CMYK values on the page. Much of the industry was transitioning to digital coloring.

Georgina Murder by Evan Dorkin

Georgina Murder by Evan Dorkin by Karon
Georgina Murder by Evan Dorkin, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

The lovely Georgina from The Murder Family by Evan Dorkin. She hangs in my hallway to remind me that killing people is usually not the best way to solve a problem.

John Van Fleet – The Chalice

John Van Fleet - The Chalice by Karon
John Van Fleet – The Chalice, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Batman’s ancestor protects the Holy Grail from an assassin. No really, this was a legit Batman book.

John Van Fleet – The Chalice

John Van Fleet - The Chalice by Karon
John Van Fleet – The Chalice, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Illustration for the Batman graphic novel, The Chalice. Yes, it is a Holy Grail story. I love Van Fleet’s work but his full painted pages were out of my price range. I was pleased to get these two smaller illustrations from him.

Hellblazer Issue 180 Page 2

Hellblazer Issue 180 Page 2 by Karon
Hellblazer Issue 180 Page 2, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Artist Marcelo Frusin, Author Mike Carey
Hellblazer was my gateway drug to comics.

Sergio Aragonés Sketch

Sergio Aragonés Sketch by Karon
Sergio Aragonés Sketch, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

From one of my sketchbooks, a lovely sketch of Groo the Wanderer offering me a flower.

From Hell Chapter 1 Page 10

From Hell Chapter 1 Page 10 by Karon
From Hell Chapter 1 Page 10, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Art by Eddie Campbell. Written by Alan Moore. The epic Jack the Ripper tale was exhaustive researched by Moore and Campbell. I have friends that have been able to duplicate the tour of London two of the characters take in Chapter 4.

Starman issue 0 page 14

Starman issue 0 page 14 by Karon
Starman issue 0 page 14, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Pencils by Tony Harris, inks by Wade Von Grawbadger, written by James Robinson. I don’t read much in the way of superheros but I loved James Robinson’s run on Starman. The gorgeous art from Tony Harris definitely helped. I believe this was another San Diego Comic Con purchase. I do remember being thrilled that such a graphically striking page of such an important moment was still on the market and in my price range. I also love the red lines that are there for the colorist.

Speaking of price range, the most I’ve paid for a page was $400 and the least was $5. The vast majority of my collection was in the $30 – $75 range. That is one of the benefits of not reading superheros. Those pages tend to be considerably more expensive.

Finder issue 19 page 23 by Carla Speed McNeil

Finder issue 19 page 23 by Carla Speed McNeil by Karon
Finder issue 19 page 23 by Carla Speed McNeil, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Only one name for this piece as Carla is both the author and the artist. My page is from the amazing Talisman storyline. This is an excellent example of a page where the text was just as important to me as the art. To quote Carla, “Talisman is about falling in love with a book and wanting more even if there is no more to be had, even if the book you love isn’t the same one you read.” There are many more Carla pages to come from both Finder and from titles where she provided the art for other authors.

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