I'm cleaning my studio in preparation for a move and found some real treasures: a Mike Mignola sketch of a multi-eyed bat, a letter from Isaac Asimov and these two cover roughs by Paul Lehr that I bought at a World Science Fiction Convention back in the eighties.
Mike's sketch was done as we discussed the action of HELLBOY ANIMATED: SWORD OF STORMS. I don't think he can resist drawing monsters when talking about them. I'd love to see him paint six monsters and hand them out to six of his favorite writers then give those scripts to six artists that he finds interesting. It's the old pulp/comic tradition of creating the exciting, very commercial cover first then telling a writer the story has to be in by Friday. That's a trade paperback I'd like to read.
The letter from Isaac Asimov is a simple typewritten note in response to a letter I had sent him. We had talked briefly about the idea of him hosting some EPCOT documentaries that were to debut on network the same week as the Orlando opening (never happened). I had just finished his autobiography which was written like a conversation with a good friend. We met face to face at another WorldCon, his wife was sitting on the other side of him. I had written that I almost hugged her because she felt like such a friend when my inner voice stopped me in time, "You only READ about her." I suppose that inner voice is what stalkers lack.
Paul Chadwick is the creator of CONCRETE. Buy some trades if you don't have it already! Paul worked for me on those same EPCOT documentaries that never saw the light of day. I don't know if he ever heard from Isaac. I hope so. Paul is one of the nicest people walking the planet and I know the planet thinks so too.
I got the Paul Lehr roughs for $25 each at a con. I love the rough brushwork and the mood of the paintings. I cringe at that slice down the art. I'm afraid it wasn't there when I bought the piece but there's nothing to be done about it now. These pieces are only about five and a half inches wide and are like little jewels.
Have some fun and go to a comic convention. If you do, seek out "Artists Alley" where artists sit at small tables selling sketchbooks and original art. It doesn't matter if you've read their books, just look at the art. If there's something that intrigues you, ask about it. Chat. You may find a treasure of your own to buy. Mike Mignola used to sell pages for around $25. Who knows who you might discover?