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June 25, 2007

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James Meeley

Yeah, i'd heard about this practice, mark. Horrible, simply horrible. To think of all the art from classic masters that was turned into landfill... it's almost breaks one's heart.

I'm something of a fan of O.A. myself. You can check out my stash at my CAF gallery here.

I have pretty narrow themes going (with a few special exceptions, including a Blue Beetle page by Don Heck), but you rest assured that these pieces of art will never end up in the bottom of a garbage can.

FIGHT THE POWER!! :)

Mark Engblom

In the words of Darth Vader "Impressive. Most impressive." That's a great gallery, James! It's obviously taken awhile to build. Congratulations.

In my case, I've never really been bitten by the Original Art Bug. Maybe it's because I'm involved in the "art world" and original art might not hold the same mystique as it might for those who don't get a chance to see or create original art on a regular basis. I'm not at all implying that fans of original art are gape-mouthed rubes, just that original art doesn't grab me as much as it does others.

That said, there's a few artists whose original art can stop me in my tracks, like Curt Swan, Garcia Lopez and (of course) Jack Kirby.

James Meeley

"In my case, I've never really been bitten by the Original Art Bug. Maybe it's because I'm involved in the "art world" and original art might not hold the same mystique as it might for those who don't get a chance to see or create original art on a regular basis."

Mark:

Glad you enjoyed my gallery. I hope to one day have a page from every issue of Spider-Girl's first series and Kyle's GL run. I've got quite a bit of stuff now, but still have a ways to go on both those goals.

And I know what you mean about the "artistic mystique." It's one of the reasons I love getting sketches at comic shows from artists. Just to watch them put "life" and substance, where there was only a blank void of whiteness, is just something I never get tired of watching. It is always a wonder to behold.

And that brings in a whole other side to the Original Art story. There was a time sketches used to be free to anyone who would ask. Nowadays, most artists charge you for them (and not a small fee in a lot of cases, either). I understand why they do it, to protect themselves for "eBay mercs" who only want the sktech to make a buck off of it, but for the true fans, like your's truly, it has taken away just another little piece of the joy of comics from me and made it nothing but another point of sale to another marketplace.

It's really very saddening to see that happening. :(

Mark Engblom

"I hope to one day have a page from every issue of Spider-Girl's first series and Kyle's GL run."

Now that you put it that way, I can definitely see the appeal of snagging original art from a favorite series you've stuck with from day one (which I'm assuming is the case with both Spider-Girl and Kyle Rayner). It's one thing to have all the comics, but to get some of the "behind the curtain" stuff like original art, autographs, interesting anecdotes, etc....I can certainly understand your quest for art.

I can also understand why artists have to charge for drawings, not only for the eBay nonsense, but (I think) to help make things a little more manageable for themselves at conventions. As an artist myself, I often get friends, family members or (sometimes) stangers just randomly asking me to draw something as casually as if they were asking me to pass the potatoes. Sure, drawing stuff isn't exactly brain surgery and it doesn't require hours of contemplative prep-time and spell-weaving....but at the same time, it's not a water faucet you can turn on and off at a moment's notice (at least not for me).

Also, I think some artists may have a "quality control" concern, knowing that con sketches won't be their best work, or look as good as they'd like it to. All artists have different preferences for what they're willing to put out there in the public eye, and that would definitely include con sketches. Maybe the money gives the more leery artists a little more "motivation" to do better than they would if it was a freebie.

Anyway, just my 2¢.

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