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Celebrate the Work Of Brian Bolland Or Go To the Isocubes!

This is as close to owning a Brian Bolland piece as many of us sad brokeasses will get any time soon. He’s one of the most brilliant comic artists of all time and buying his original art, especially art featuring marquee characters like Judge Dredd, requires some capital I just don’t have at this moment.

BUT I do have $100. And you have $100. So, it’s now a shootout for this Eagle-era Judge Dredd comic production art. Am I the only weirdo that pushes production art as the most viable and fun comic-related collectable? Maybe I am, but I have my reasons:

Reason One: It’s still the beautiful art you want.
Reason Two: It celebrates comics as a format and the history of the industry.

In this case, the third reason is that you don’t want to get originals wet from drool when looking at this art. Buy this immediately.

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A Vibrant World

YOU KNOW I LOVE PRODUCTION MATERIALS! Here’s a color guide for an early-80s issue of Spectacular Spider-Man. This sort of stuff thrills me because it celebrates the whole process of comic making. Which I understand is probably as nerdy as someone collecting lighting rigs from films they love, but whatever. It’s that sort of stuff that keeps the lights on at Ebay. Bizarre collecting. Check this piece out and tell me it’s not perfect for framing.

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Brian Bolland Blowout Bonanza!

Two things I really like, finally together and for sale. Brian Bollard and production art. I love the former because he added a genuine love of anatomy to comic art and I love the latter because it’s cheap. Production art is a great alternative to original pages for those of us on a budget.

To illustrate my point, here’s an original page from our man Brian. Note the difference in price between it and the production art auction.

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Kirby Production Art is Still Kirby Art

I’ve posted on both Kamandi the Last Boy on Earth and the value of production art. Well, now we’re doing a mash-up. Here’s some production art from that comic. Kirby art will run you over a grand for even the most insignificant pages, but PRODUCTION art will cost you a fraction of that and you still get to see Kamandi in all his boyish glory PLUS you see how comics were constructed before the advent of Apple.

Also, I’ve been reading Kamandi over the past couple days. Holy shit was this a weird book. Kirby not only wrote it and drew it, but he edited it as well. THERE WAS NO OVERSIGHT. Think about that. Dude let it all hang out and as a result there are some serious Ed Wood moments of in-series and in-issue(!) continuity flubs. Kamandi is the only human in the book who can speak. Until he isn’t. And then he is again. It’s great. Also, the letter pages from that period are unbeatable. “I think it’s best that Flower died, because she would have just slowed Kamandi down and prevented him from reaching his destiny as the real hero he’s meant to be.” Thanks for the comment, Julian Savre of Apache Junction, Arizona!

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By Crom! This is a Worthy Price for Production Art!

You crave original art for your walls, huh? You want the real stuff. You want to smell the graphite on the paper. Well, forget about it. Originals cost an arm and a leg and unless you’re viewing this site from the wifi on you yacht, I think you should consider alternatives. Here’s a great example of how you can beautify your home and celebrate comics as a medium without spending your braces money. Here’s a production pasteup of Conan The Barbarian Annual 11. It’s not the original art, but it might be better. It demonstrates the process by which that original art becomes the product you got off the rack at the drugstore. And it’s one-fifth the cost. My advice is to hit this seller with a Best Offer of $150 and see if he/she bites.

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