Sunday, March 13, 2011

Who bought the Comico Production Art offered on ebay?

The Comic Company was headquartered in the town of Norristown in Pennsylvania, and was an pioneering American comic book publisher.  Founded in 1982 when a group of friends who worked on a local school paper, called Duckwork, wanted to form their own publishing company.  The founders were Gerry Giovinco and Bill Cucinotta but several notable editors and artists worked for the company such as Geraldine Pecht as art director and Bob Schreck, also as art director and such notable artists as Doug Wildey (author of the Comico Jonny Quest series) and Matt Wagner (creator of Grendal and Mage: The Hero Discovered).  The first issue was a black and white book called Primer #1 and by 1984 they were publishing color books and gaining attention for their Robotech adaptations, Evangeline and Elementals.  They used that success to license properties such as Jonny Quest, the Star Blazer series, Space Ghost, and The Rocketeer.

Sadly their entry as a distributor into the newsstand market in 1986 was the beginning of the end even as more titles were published and distributed.  In 1990 Comico filed for bankruptcy and the company was sold to Andrew Rev who attempted to revive the company and sporadically published books until 1997.

Normally this would be the end of the Comico story but in 2011the name appeared in an ebay auction.  The owner of a storage unit was advertising 1500 pounds of Comico production art for sale on ebay.

Bloggers immediately asked about the contents of that huge bundle of Comico artwork.  Was it production art or line art? 

Blogs like the Comics Alliance:  Who owns the Comico art for sale on ebay?
drew comments from some of the Comico founders.

Other posts appeared on Comics Beat and Comic Art News asking the same question.

A Comico founder, Gerry Giovinco, also weighs in Co2 Comics.



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