I know some of you guys remember the amazing Hulk commission that Tim Sale did for me – it’s still one of my favorites – and he was at the BCC once again. I would have loved to get something from him – but Sale’s prices jumped considerably this year. I can’t say I blame Sale for raising them – if you look on ebay you’d see that his art usually sells for well over what he’s charging. No, it’s more the flippers I blame. People who go to cons looking to get cheap art specifically to turn around and put on ebay for a profit. Most of these guys are unscrupulous too – using excuses and reasons like “I’m getting it for my kid” that takes time and pieces away from actual fans and collectors. I also sort of blame the people who pay outrageous amounts for art like this.
Either way – I can’t blame Sale for raising his prices – especially since he’s such a nice guy. He’s a real decent fellow who seems to enjoy talking to the fans. He also puts more effort and time into his now more expensive fast passes. Of course, he priced himself out of what I am willing to pay for pieces so… I moved on.
The pieces you see were done by Bryn Cimino who is the daughter of another Hulk fanatic and friend John Cimino of Hero Envy She was doing them for just $1 and I think they are fantastic!
I actually talked to Bob Layton – a famous Iron Man artist – and I thought I could get something real fun from him. But after only talking to him for five minutes and hearing his negative views about the latest Marvel movies I decided to move on. Maybe he was just having an off day – but he seemed worked up over such trivial things… so I continued to walk over and finally found Trimpe’s table. Some of the pieces he had displayed was pretty exciting stuff:
A Hulk cover at Trimpe’s table:
I was looking for something a little more specific though – I wanted a Fixit piece from him. When I asked about it he said “Who?” I laughed a little and told him it was the grey Hulk when he was a Las Vegas bouncer. Trimpe came back with “Oh – oh yeah – I think I inked a few of those issues.” I told him he did and he said it wouldn’t be a problem. This is what Trimpe delivered:
I was also able to get Trimpe to sign the CGC case to this great variant cover:
And lastly, for the day, a shot of Trimpe working on my cover. I like to think I can get an artist excited about doing a project – something that they haven’t done before. I am sure that Trimpe gets so many requests for a Hulk and original Wolverine that he may just be happy getting a new request once in a while too. I know Fixit isn’t a huge stretch – but at least it’s somewhat different.