Yes, as the title of this post says -- this is a special note to art lovers, ephemera collectors and comic book historians. (You know who you are!)
Here is a rare collection of one-of-a-kind items. Pictured are the actual, original - and only - cover proofs for the comic book series EVIL EYE, each of which shows both the front and back covers (or inside covers), published by Fantagraphics Books.
These are the four color separation proofs (sometimes called "3-M"s by the old-timers in the biz). They are provided by the printer to show the editor and art director how a piece will look when it's printed. Each one was sent to me for my final approval.
Each of these proofs consist of four layers of acetate: four different acetate sheets, each printed with a single color - black, yellow, magenta and cyan - that when displayed together, magically result in the full color art and form the final cover image that will be published.
The top sheet is the black layer, which, when viewed separately, looks like a copy of the main line art. Below that is the blue layer (cyan). Underneath that is the red layer (magenta). The final layer is the yellow sheet. Each sheet is of a plastic-type quality, similar to an animation cel acetate. The four sheets are securely and sturdily bound together by heavy tape, in order to keep them together for precise registration.
Each proof measures 11 1/2" x 14". They are produced to show the size of the final printed front and back covers -- but the proofs show the uncropped edges. When the cover is printed, it is trimmed on all four sides.
These are not mass-produced prints. Each is one-of-a-kind, created during the production process for the comic, and used internally by the comic company -- very cool and rare pieces of comic production art. These are often simply thrown away when the comic is published, but these particular ones were so lovely (and I was so fond of my comic book series) that I had to keep them.
They still look new, with no signs of age - all are shiny and bright. A couple do have bumped or creased corners - from when they were mailed to me.
If anyone is interested in purchasing one of these, I'm putting them up for sale individually on the Comic Art Collective. Each will be neatly signed in the white area – and would look great framed (in my humble opinion!). I would love to keep them myself, but I am in the process of "cleaning house" after a long career and many years of collecting ephemera myself. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions at all.
Note about the images shown here: these are not scans but photos of the proofs taken with a digital camera. They may look a bit blurry -- but the actual proofs are not! They may also show a glare from the flash and may look a little darker than they actually are, and the colors may look slightly off. But each proof is actually colorful and bright, with color identical to the final printed covers.
Thanks for joining me on this behind-the-scenes tour! Interested parties may view and/or purchase one or more of the proofs here:
Comic Art Collective ~ Richard Sala
With any purchase, I will also provide a signed note, verifying that the proof is a one-of-a-kind item from my private collection. I will also consider discounts for buyers interested in more than one proof. Thanks again to all my loyal readers.