* here's the latest staggering amount earned by Tintin art at auction. It's weird to think of a world where lines on paper have that kind of value and it's not a world in which I'd feel comfortable operating. At the same time, original art is an object of value and a single object of value, meaning it's not something on whose behalf multiple sellers might against claim value so that more can be sold, so it has that going for it.
* this single-shop sales analysis and predictive article is fun to read, but comparing the first issue of relaunched series to the last issue of previous series better yield a significant bump up in sales. It's maintaining a profitable level of sales beyond the stunts that has vexed these companies for a decade now, and that's an area a lot of people suspect this "Rebirth" initiative doesn't seem particularly likely to distinguish itself.
* the mainstream companies should make exceptions in cases like this, and should then fight each other to be the first to write a giant check. If ceding control weakens the claim, they should work to find alternatives and work out what that might be in advance. It just seems like that better serves their interests here. It's super-dumb for company to own these broadly descriptive words, for sure.
I'm working on making my house more of a home, and that means getting some art up on the walls. Like a lot of people in comics, I'm blessed with a lot of comics art and comics-related art. I have about ten pieces up right now. I cheap-framed 11 of them yesterday (I'll begin a cycle of proper framing when I own a home).
Very little of my initial collection is left, the pieces I bought from friends in Seattle (my first original art buy was a JR Williams; I was new enough in town I got lost on the way home from the downtown gallery). I've just moved too many times, and some of the extras-per-artist went to charity auctions or in some cases were re-gifted to better homes with more fervent fans. I also parted ways with a Peanuts daily a few years back; I talked about that on the site.
The above are all cool pieces of art, the vast majority gifts from third-party friends or from the artists themselves. Every one means a great deal to me and brings with it a personal memory. I'm happy to share my life with them when I'm taking care of my personal life well enough to have a place with material up on walls. I have room for about five more in this space, and making that decision is going to be rough. Even so, I wish I had kept more event posters. Those are the quirkiest and most fun.
I'll delete this post tomorrow, as I couldn't figure out a way to write it without sounding braggy. I swear that wasn't my first thought. My initial impulse was that there's so much going on with comics in 2016 that's been rough, and seeing this list on my desk this morning gave me a smile. I thought it might inspire some of you to take some extra enjoyment from some of the cool objects -- and the life-long, edifying relationships behind them -- this grand medium has afforded us.
Brigid Alverson has a nice write-up here on the nominees for this year's Glyph Awards, the winners of which are given out in conjunction with the East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention, held each year in Philadelphia. This year the winners will be named May 20.
Alverson notes write-in nominations are encouraged in the "Fan Favorite" category.