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.

Scott Hampton page from Destiny miniseries

Scott Hampton page from Destiny miniseries by Karon
Scott Hampton page from Destiny miniseries, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

This is the first painted, interior paneled page I have uploaded. It is also either the first or second comic page I ever purchased way back in 1998 at San Diego Comic Con. I don’t remember if I got this one or a Steve Lieber Whiteout page first. I don’t have many painted pages as they are more expensive and they don’t have the word balloons. What the text says is often just as important to me in a page as how the art looks. Scott is one of my favorite painters and you will eventually see more pages from him. Even without the text this page is perfect for me as red hair and gothic architecture are two things I love.

Lucifer Issue 5 Page 8

Lucifer Issue 5 Page 8 by Karon
Lucifer Issue 5 Page 8, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Pencilled by Peter Gross and inked by Ryan Kelly. Written by Mike Carey. Like Books of Magic, Lucifer is one of my absolute favorites. By the time I finish getting all my pages online you will see several more from both titles.

Louis by Metaphrog

Louis by Metaphrog by Karon
Louis by Metaphrog, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

Metaphrog is the name used by the team of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers. One of the best parts of being on the board of Small Press Expo for years was meeting and becoming friends with comic creators from all over the world like John and Sandra.

Dolphins to the Rescue!

Dolphins to the Rescue! by Karon
Dolphins to the Rescue!, a photo by Karon on Flickr.


Pencils for a Death Piece by Frank Brunner

Pencils for a Death Piece by Frank Brunner by Karon
Pencils for a Death Piece by Frank Brunner, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

This piece is emotional for me as it was a birthday present from a friend that has since died. He knew I wanted a Sandman piece and that I love Art Nouveau and so picked this out as a gift.

In the sequential art world, this is a penciled piece. Before it is published, ink will be overlayed on the pencil lines. This could be done by the original artist or it could be done by a second artist called an inker. There are arguments that have been going for decades on whether certain inkers elevated or destroyed the original penciled art in certain comics.

Darwyn Cooke – Catwoman

Darwyn Cooke - Catwoman by Karon
Darwyn Cooke – Catwoman, a photo by Karon on Flickr.

I used to carry a sketchbook when I attended comic cons to get quick sketches from artists. Sketchbook art varies wildly based on any number of factors. This Darwyn Cooke Catwoman is a good example of a common style: a quick sharpie piece of a character the artist is known for.
The reference to a “tart” is because in 1998 I was a founding member of Sequential Tart, a “webzine about the comics industry published by an eclectic band of women”.

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