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  1. Some of you may remember I first published my article about Spawn's First True Appearance a couple years back. Today, I've just published a gargantuan update, with 215+ scans and photos, and even a checklist of every Spawn appearance before Spawn #1 was released. The only way to do the research thoroughly is to go through all of the comics industry publications from 1991-1992 page by page looking for any reference to Spawn...so that's exactly what I've done! In doing so, I've created an in-depth timeline so that you can follow along day-by-day as Spawn was revealed to the public. I've even created a (free!) checklist so collectors can keep track of which ones they have. Hope everyone interested enjoys the read, and of course, if anyone has any additional info, please be in touch! The article and checklist can be found on SpawnWorld.com as the top news item.
  2. Yes with any luck it will be a long time. The last one I went through was back in 2008 (Writers), so it had been a while. This year was a one-two punch with both the Writers and SAG unfortunately. Congrats on yours ending early!
  3. The biggest items were in the November auction, although none made it into the 'platinum session' November pieces ranged from 3k -25k+ Weekly items topped out between 5-7k There were covers, double-page splashes, splashes, interiors, pinups, and commissions represented. All were in both venues except for commissions (weekly only).
  4. Based on the 1st two auctions, it didn't seem the market was lower at all. After that though, things definitely went downhill. I think it was partially due to the proximity to Christmas, but also partially due to the weekly auction format (and what I imagine is) a much smaller audience for those. I do think having them run earlier in the fall would have helped a bit.
  5. There's been a lot of discussions lately about where prices as a whole are headed, and so I thought people might be interested in my results. I've never really sold much, but realities dictated that I should probably liquidate a bit this year (Hollywood strikes have been challenging), so I consigned 54 pieces with HA. I would have preferred (and I had expected) that they would be auctioned off in the late summer/early fall, but instead they landed in Nov/Dec. I had 14 pieces in the November auction, and 10 pieces each in the 4 subsequent weekly auctions. I made my own low / high estimates roughly 12 months prior to the sales. Here's how things broke down: November Auction - 14 pieces total - 14 pieces made money - 4 pieces failed to meet my low estimate - 4 pieces landed between my low/high - 6 pieces exceeded my high estimate - All together, I ended between my low/high estimates Nov 29th weekly auction: - 10 pieces total - 10 pieces made money - 2 pieces failed to meet my low estimate - 2 pieces landed between my low/high - 6 pieces exceeded my high estimate - All together, I ended above my high estimate Dec 6 weekly auction: - 10 pieces total - 1 piece lost money - 6 other pieces failed to meet my low estimate - 2 pieces landed between my low/high - 1 piece exceeded my high estimate - All together, I landed below my low estimate Dec 13 weekly auction: - 10 pieces total - 1 piece lost money - 4 other pieces failed to meet my low estimate - 4 pieces landed between my low/high - 1 piece exceeded my high estimate - All together, I landed below my low estimate Dec 20 weekly auction: - 10 pieces total - 1 piece lost money - 5 other pieces failed to meet my low estimate - 2 pieces landed between my low/high - 2 pieces exceeded my high estimates - All together, I landed between my low/high estimates In the end, I had way more pieces than I would have hoped that ended below my low estimates... but the ones that outperformed made up for them. My grand total is comfortably between my low and high estimates, which seems fair. It's not the timing I would have chosen, but we don't always get to choose. The results in the weeklies seemed to trend downwards unfortunately. But overall, I'm happy with my result.
  6. Several X-Men related auctions on HA.com this week, all ending Wednesday Dec. 20th! An incredibly rare drawing of Angel (Warren Worthington III) by manga and X-Men artist Kia Asamiya. X-art by this artist is nearly impossible to find, and this is a large, fantastic example. Kia Asamiya - Angel Illustration Original Art (2001) Right after the departure of Jim Lee, Art Thibert stepped in to pencil the adjective-less X-Men title. Here's an excellent page from issue #13, featuring Cyclops, Beast, and Gambit. Art Thibert and Dan Panosian X-Men #13 Page 8 Original Art (Marvel, 1992) Before Joe Quesada became Marvel's Editor in Chief! This is a page from X-Factor #92, part of the "Fatal Attractions" crossover, and it features the entire team! With Havok, Polaris, Quicksilver, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Strong Guy, Random, and Val Cooper. Joe Quesada and Al Milgrom X-Factor #92 Page 35 Original Art (Marvel, 1993) A really unique page from Salvador Larocca with pencils, inks, and grey tone ink all on one board! The center panel is one of my favorites, with Apocalypse burying Ozymandias into the wall with his fist. Salvador Larroca X-Men #184 Page 8 Original Art (Marvel, 2006) A superb illustration of Nightcrawler (full body and headshot) by Al Bigley! Al Bigley - Nightcrawler Illustration Original Art (2001)
  7. My last round of auctions this year (maybe decade), all ending this Wednesday Dec. 20th! An excellent page of Scott Pilgrim from issue #4 by Bryan Lee O'Malley: in which Scott sees his current flame and his ex going out to chat (and possibly talk about him!). Features Scott Pilgrim, Julie Powers, Lisa Miller, Kim Pine, Ramona Flowers, and Jason Kim, all at Sneaky Dee's Diner. Bryan Lee O'Malley Scott Pilgrim #4 - Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together Page 76 Original Art (Oni Press, 2007) A rare and very nice illustration of Concrete by his creator Paul Chadwick. Really captures the character in a single image. Paul Chadwick - Concrete Illustration Original Art (2000) A striking illustration of "The Empress" from a tarot card set created by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood, Spawn) Ben Templesmith - The Empress (Tarot Card) Illustration Original Art (2002) The original art for the back cover of the first 30 Days of Night TPB by Ben Templesmith. Featuring the vampire Archibald, this image was also used on the inside front cover. Also comes with a print of the image with digital color/finishes. Ben Templesmith 30 Days of Night TPB Back Cover Original Art and Print Group of 2 (IDW, 2003) A page from the original Spawn series from artist Greg Capullo, actually from his first issue as penciller! Featuring the angels Gabrielle and Michaela (1st appearance of Michaela!) Greg Capullo and Art Thibert Spawn #16 Page 14 Original Art (Image, 1993)