Before April of this year (2009) I didn’t even realize what a sketch card was or how much people got into them. By July of this year I had drawn sixty of them. I took them to the Comic Convention held in Jackson in July and surprisingly to me sold a bunch of them. I really enjoyed drawing them too. The main ones are the size of a baseball card, 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches. I still do sketches on 8 x 10 and I will cut an 8 x 10 card stock sheet in half and do a half size sketch. The great thing about this is that I can fit them in a zip up folder. I get the plastic sheet covers and the plastic card holders that hold nine cards each or eighteen if you turn nine around and put two in each slot. This makes it easier to keep every thing handy and protected where people can just flip thru the book to see if they like something.

During the convention I got to see others drawing their sketch cards and sketches. I love comics and I love comic art. I cant believe I’ve waited this long to actually start to collecting it. Maybe it’s because I could always just draw what ever it was that I wanted. I really enjoy comparing everybody’s different styles. I decided to make a special zip up folder to keep my own personal collection in. Some art is given to me and some other is traded. I started trading sketch cards with other artists that I know and have been meeting. I’m like a lot of people by the fact that I’m limited on the room I have to hang stuff up on my walls. Just the art that I’ve gotten this year would put a bind on me to find room for it. But that’s not a problem with keeping it in a folder. When I fill this one up I can always start on another one. I can show it off to friends when they come over and visit or carry it with me and show them. I’m proud to say that I’ve got the first ever sketch card done by Steven Butler. I will never give that one up. It’s a very cool pic of the Hulk. When we were at a show together he heard us talking about the sketch card craze and just did one for me on a blank card I gave him. I told him it was artist’s choice so he did the hulk after listening to my recounts of how it was one of my favorite books….till they screwed everything up at the end of World War Hulk. I also got one from Kevin Hayman at that same show. We traded and I got one he did of his main character from his Errant Apprentice Web Comic. Kevin is also a Mississippi web cartoonist. Chuck Jett was at the show and I traded a Dr Who I did for one he did of the Serenity ship from the Firefly series. I read Mad Scott and sent him a cyberman for a yoda that he did. He’s in Wisconsin so that was an email/snail mail trade. I’ve got a photo of Lion-O signed by the voice actor, Larry Kenney, that did him on the Thundercats. I’ve also got a Thundercats original that I drew that Larry was kind enough to sign for me. I’ve had a pen and ink that I’ve done of Stan Lee that I actually got signed by “The Man” himself at Dragon Con back in 93 that I’m going to move to this book along with a signed picture of Darth Vader signed by the actor I met at the same con. Jimmy Johnson signed an Arlo & Janis program for me from a show of his I went to that I will be moving into this folder also. I recently acquired a Mitch Byrd original at a show that we were at together of a dinosaur he did. I love his dinosaurs. It barely fit but with some finagling I got it in there.

I cant wait to see how this collection grows over the years and I cant wait to see how much of a collection that I create that winds up spreading thru out the cosmos. Go out and get you a folder and some sheet protectors and start collecting some artwork…..cartoonists need the money.


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