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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2014 CLASH of the TITANS!

The end of 2014 means the end of another Cranboyz Sketch Theme! In 2014 the Cranboyz collected sketches of "gods" and "monsters" under the theme CLASH Of The TITANS!
Let's take a look at what we got!

It doesn't get much scarier that Freddy Krueger! Popa got this great commission of Buffy versus Freddy from Matt Haley!
The Frankenstein Monster Came from Dave's collection by Javier Avila
Karen went reached for the gods with this Aztek by Javier Avila and Wonder Woman by Richard Pollard

Some Classic Marvel Monsters! Ultimo by Darryl Banks for Eric and MODOK by Wil Torres for Shane

Shane collected some X-Men style gods with Snowbird by Gene Gonzales and Magik as Darkchylde by Jeff Moy
Eric collected a Loki sketch by the Fraim Brothers and Andy completed his X-Men sketchbook with an Asgardian Wars inspired commission from Adam Withers and Comfort love

Daniel Govar brought the Demon Bear to life, hunting Dani Moonstar, for Shane

Shane added the fearsome Wildebeest to his Titans book by Dave Wachter
Karen picked up this powerful sketch of Orion by Greg Kirkpatrick

Spider-Man villains! Andy was able to boost Spidey's bad guy ranks with Man Wolf by Ron Salas, Swarm by Jeremy Haun and Venom by Mike Henderson

2014 marks the passing of a good friend and talented artist, Jeremy Dale. Karen was able to laugh about silly Kirby Monsters with Jeremy. Shane and Jeremy had a chance to bond over the zaniness of Mojo and his X-Babies. We are glad to have had the chance to know Jeremy and enjoy his huge personality and artistic skills. 

Autographed Memorabilia, when is personalization appropriate?

Alright Cranziens,

My first contribution to the blog, short and sweet, but something thats always been a question of mine is signed memorabilia.  We all know that collecting alone is an experience of its own but when a collector enters the realm of signed work, commissions, and especially signed books, where do we draw the line?

Owning a rare iconic 1st print of Hulk 181, Spiderman 129, No. 1 issue of... well... anything, or even new titles, we all know having the illustrator or writer sign them ads to its allure and value.  But as a collector where does one draw the line for personalization?  Do you simply go for resale value for the future, play it safe and stick to just the signature or do you have it personalized to you?  Now this question extends to single commissions, full art books crammed with various artists, toys... you name it!

Here are my thoughts:

Commissions:  I always feel when I get a commission done I want it personalized.  This is something that I requested for myself, want it hung in my house and its just something freaking sweet to show off.  There are a few commissions I've had done that weren't personalized that I wish I would have, or better yet, had me drawn in with the character!  Going forward I'll always have the artist make it out to me!

Comics:  This is a subject where I'm torn.  The books I want personalized are the ones that I feel I'll have forever and mean something to me.  There are those books out there that have captured my imagination, inspired me in one way or another, or have been a staple in my childhood and tying that memory with a personalization only reinforces that feeling.  I was lucky enough to get my Punisher No. 1 signed by Mike Zeck thanks to my friend Shane Simek, I requested it be personalized because The Circle of Blood is a series that reigniting my childhood comic passion again, its very significant in my collection and having my name on it seals the deal!

Now, that being said, I wouldn't have my rare books personalized.  Even having it signed is a tough one without authentication because we all know if it can't be verified it doesn't "count" but if given the chance, I'd have it signed... but not personalized.  We all know we're going to die and would like to pass these on whether its selling to another collector to enjoy or hand down to our kids.  Personalizing an iconic book would only mean something to me or my family and no one else, and who knows what it does to future value.

Toys/Memorabilia:  I'm not a big toy, prop, or action figure collector so I have no preference or basis on this subject matter.

Regrets:  As of right now none.... only that I need more money!  Well, I always regret not having the right book at the right time to get signed.  I've had some chances to get amazing signatures and never had the right books with me, but thats my own fault.  Piss poor planning...

My question to you...

SO when if ever do you personalize, where do you draw the line, and when are your rules bent for certain scenarios?

Have you ever regretting personalizing an item or not personalizing when you had the chance?

Post your preference and stories, what emotions were experienced at the time and have they changed years down the road?

Thats all I got for now, just a nice random blurp while sorting through this weeks new books :)