True fans take collecting to the next level, whether that means hijacking a piece of the parquet floor before an arena's demolished, or hijacking Damon Wayans before his career gets the same. Now, true
nerds fans of comics can step it up at Sketch Maven.
The brainchild of a hardcore collector, SM's an eBay-like marketplace for original art work printed in comic books (since returned to the artists), boasting pieces printed by both major publishing houses (Marvel, DC...) and small-time operations, whose titles' film adaptations tend to feature less Hugh Jackman and more Shaq, man. The catalog spans basic pencil sketches, colored character renderings, and color-&-text full pages, each of which come with background info (date pub, issue/page it appeared in, plot synopsis); searches can be done by artist, character, or writer, but super-dorks can get advanced and filter by penciler, inker, or even letterer, 'cause Richard Starkings's italics work in Wolverine #176 was sniiiikt! Highlights from the thousands-strong collection include staples from Transformers, to Batman, to Spider-Man to X-Men; spinoffs like From Dusk Til Dawn and The Ren & Stimpy Show; and even obscure stuff like a European version of Justice League, who were totally ready to kick ass as long as the crimes were perpetrated across numerous countries, and didn't involve any political/racial/military/religious overtones. Go European Justice League!
If you happen to already have a trove of original comic art, you can submit it for free to SM and become a seller, either requesting offers or setting your own price, though if you're waiting for Damon Wayans' value to go up you're clearly Bamboozled.
Published: April 14, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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