- Posted by Johanna on December 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
KC and I, while organizing Christmas decorations last weekend, decided to sort through our box of original comic art. (We’d bought one of those giant Tupperware-like boxes and put everything in it when the cardboard storage boxes we were using broke down, but without organizing the contents much.) I found out that we owned some real gems I didn’t know about — including a page from one of the comics that changed my life, Scott McCloud’s Zot!; a two-page Lois Lane and Clark Kent sequence by Kurt Schaffenberger from a Superman Family Dollar Comic I read to shreds as a kid; a handful of Dan DeCarlo Betty and Veronica pinups; Keith Giffen drawing Hukka from Atari Force; and Star Sapphire’s introduction by Alan Davis from The Nail. We decided it was time to start framing some of these treasures, and we began with the page where KC was drawn into The Legion of Super-Heroes; an Andi Watson page from Slow News Day I was given as a thank-you for writing the Afterword for the second Love Fights; and Lea Hernandez’s chicken recipe, which is going to be a holiday present.
I’m digressing — and I will continue to do so just to say that OMG framing is expensive! I think the next batch will have to wait until I have a spare $500 laying around, so who knows when that will be — but it’s my folksy way of leading into this: we were wondering, while sorting through these tangible memories featuring whiteout and pasted-on labels (which had fallen off and gotten lost from some of the older works) and sketches on the back and scribbled notes in the margins, just how much longer anyone would know what these things were.
I was thus in sympathy with Tom Richmond, an illustrator for MAD Magazine, among other outlets, when he discussed how original art is disappearing as more artwork is done only on computer. Tom points out how this, in a way, is the commercial art field coming full circle, while in the comments others discuss that they’re gaining fidelity to their vision as they lose artifacts for resale.