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Bidder-bidder-bidder … Batman!

December 10, 2010 in News

Comic fans have the chance to appear alongside legendary superhero Batman thanks to a fund-raising auction.

This one-off opportunity is part of a sale to support the Comic Book Alliance (previously). It also includes signed comics, books and artwork from the likes of Hunt Emerson, David Lloyd, Bryan Talbot and Alan Moore among many others.

The winner in the Batman bid can choose to be killed by the villain or saved  by Batman in a story illustrated by Chris Burnham and written by Grant Morrison. The story will appear in Batman Inc. number 4, due to be published on 16th February 2011. With bids starting at 99p, the auction will close on the evening of Sunday 12th December.

If, on the other hand, classic Batman is more your thing, there’s a rare opportunity to get your hands on a copy of  Detective Comics number 27 from May 1939, which features the first appearance of the Caped Crusader, in a separate auction in at Dominic Winter Book Auctions in Gloucestershire on 16th December.

(Thanks to downthetubes.net for both stories)

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Original Ogri cartoon artwork for sale

January 18, 2010 in General

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Cartoonist Paul Sample is to auction around 500 pieces of original artwork from his strip Ogri, which he created in 1967 and has featured in Bike magazine for 35 years.

The Telegraph website has the full story. Ogri has also featured prominently in Telegraph Motoring.

Ogri is a great example of a cartoon that works wonders for the profile of its niche publication while remaining accessible and popular. As Sample himself says: “Most people think Ogri is about biking but it’s not, it’s about life in general. The inspiration comes from riding my bike, talking to people in the pub or things on the news.”

Bloghorn hopes other niche publications will take note and consider commissioning such strips. There are plenty of cartoonists in the PCO, which runs this blog, with pens poised, ready to draw them.