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Countdown to Heritage Auction One

posted on November 8, 2017

Batty Batom Bullpen – John Byrne & Joe Giella

posted on November 6, 2017

This final cover is special in so many ways that I don’t quite know where to begin. I once told John Byrne that he can draw a character standing stock still and somehow still make it look amazing. I’ve always felt that, when John drew a character, it was pretty much the best that character was going to look. So you can imagine my delight when John signed on to draw the wedding of Starbuck Jones cover which featured as guests Isaac, Moon Mile Meek, The Lunar Cadets, The Black Ghost, The Amazing Mr. Sponge and Absorbing Junior, Blue Astra and, of course,  Starbuck and Jupiter Moon.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the page is inked by Joe Giella the inker of The Flash books I read as a kid and which were the comic books that sealed the deal on how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. When I was setting this up and getting Joe on Board, at one point he said, “Don’t worry, Tom, I’m here for you.” I said, “Joe, you’ve been here for me my whole life.”

The next stop for these amazing covers is the Heritage Auction on November 17th in Beverly Hills and online. Perhaps the final stop for one of them will be in your collection. The winner of each cover will also receive a beautiful color print of their cover and how it appeared in its Funky Winkerbean Sunday page. Along with getting some terrific art, you’ll also be contributing to the fight against cancer. My thanks once again to Heritage Auctions for donating the all of the proceeds from this special auction sans any fees to the Lisa’s Legacy Fund for Cancer research.

One final note, you can also follow the auction of the covers that same week in Funky as Jessica and Lisa’s son Darin appear at the auction. I’ll be there as well and will have a full report as soon as I’m off the road and back home in my Cartoonist’s Fortress of Solitude.

Batty Batom Bullpen – Tom Palmer

posted on November 4, 2017

When I contacted Tom Palmer about creating a cover for me I gave him a choice of two remaining Batom characters and he opted for the Cockroach. I even suggested that the cover could show the Cockroach strapped to a slab in the laboratory of the evil Brainstorm about to have his brain switched with an actual cockroach strapped to a slab next to him. Cute, right? Well, when the cover arrived, it was fantastic, but it featured a cockroach quite a bit larger than I had imagined. So I got to channel my inner Stan Lee and provide some dialog that would explain the whole thing, and the end result turned out to be even better than I had imagined. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to the original art when it’s auction off by Heritage Auctions in two weeks for the benefit of the Lisa’s Legacy Fund for cancer research, but Tom was kind enough to send along a really sharp print that I can keep in my studio and continue to enjoy. I’ve met so many great guys on this journey that it’s going to be sad to see this project conclude.