“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Okay, so Jon already gave the low-down about where I'm going to be this year at SDCC. But just in case you missed it, here's the info again: I'm going to be primarily at the 12 GAUGE COMICS booth (Booth #2547-2549), and an hour or so at the IMAGE COMICS booth (Booth #2729) every day signing Tori Amos' graphic novel venture "COMIC BOOK TATTOO" with collaborator and writer Jon Tsuei.

The 12 Gauge booth is the only place I am going to be taking commission requests which I am limiting to 2 or 3 a day (more than likely 2), so I actually have time to walk around this year - something I haven't done in a long, long time. I'm also selling some original 90 minute stuff but as you all probably know, I haven't done too many since TEL kicked into full gear. I feel terrible for that. Please drop by and say hello. Let's get a chance to meet each other.

And lastly, there's the IRON MAN: ENTER THE MANDARIN Auction Book up for sale. "What's that," you ask? Well, let me tell you.

Back in late March, in my friend's store and gallery in Los Angeles, I had a little exhibition and auction for all of the pages that I did for IM :ETM. Yep - *ALL* of them. Some sold (thanks to those select few who purchased the pages), some didn't. And the only reason I didn't make a big to-do about it on this here blog is because I was scared sh*tless of the idea that people are going to see the nuts and bolts (read: rough blue pencils) of my work. You all know how I feel about that, so the invite went out to a very few people (only a couple hundred from my recollection...maybe more?) and those select few got a chance to see the pages up close and personal all hanging in Alan's gallery space at ROBOCON.

Anyway, as with every auction, there was a booklet that was included with the price of admission (which was $30.00 at the time) that had all of the pages up for sale that weekend. I guess that's how the auction houses do it - they print out a book that's used as a preview to the potential buyers as to what the pages will look like. Go figure. The booklet is 88 pages worth of every page from my Iron Man run in its black and white form, sans color and dialogue balloons.

So, I guess this book has made it's way around Cali and as far as NYC (thanks for all the support, Marty - you're one classy dame). I even saw a couple of them on e-Bay a month or so back going for some ridiculous amount (bastards) and those who have seen it have asked where they can get their hands on one. I had to explain that it was the one time thing and what was out there was it. I guess I should have checked with the folks who put it together before I opened my big mouth because this weekend I find a box at my door that had four or five dozen of the auction books in it with a note that said,
"Eric -

These are what's left from the auction. I know they're going for a pretty penny right now so I thought you might want to see what you can do with them at SDCC. Thanks for all the help and for letting us show off the awesomeness. The weekend was a big hit and you were great at the meet and greet. You were very 'Hollywood'. Hehe. Speak with you later, see you at the convention.


And there you have it. I have something 'new' to sell and I hope the fact that this art deco version of the cover of the first IM: ETM issue was used again isn't turning you guys off from purchasing it. If it's not too clear from the scan the title of the booklet is "An Auction of Original Artwork by Eric Canete from Iron Man: Enter The Mandarin". I've only looked through this thing once or twice since the event and I gotta say that the production value is pretty neat and well executed. And while I'm pretty humbled (looking at this thing I'm almost ashamed as to what I let myself get away with artistically on that series) at the amount of work I did, I'm even more awestruck as to how the production guys who put the book together managed to math out how the pages were arranged in order to fit an 88 page format! I knew I should have paid better attention in high school Algebra.

I'll have them available for sale at Comic-Con for $25.00 (that's a book and a sketch done on the inside - I promise to make it worth your while). Please come by and check it out, if for nothing else than to tell me how they divided up the pages the way they did.

Me am dumb.

I'll see you all really soon.


Odon said...

Awesome! I'm writing down your booth number, save me a book. Rock on!


Michael Pfeffer said...

That cover is cool.

It has a neat World's Fair, "The Future is NOW!", vibe.

andy kuhn said...

damn! me will prolly have to got's that!! :)

thedave said...

I will be there sunday...i hope there is one still left for me.
I loved the ironman series you did...but your art really stands out when i see it in black and white...the panels you posted on this blog somehow looked way more dynamic than they do in the actual book....so having the book in black and white it what i've really wanted to see.

j_ay said...

Damn, I need to get one of those; I much prefer B&W.
Guess I'll cruise eBay...

Have fun at the Con.

Brian said...


The west coast kids get all the cool stuff.

Really wish I was going now.

Have a great time and good luck with the sales.

Skotti said...

I am pimping the crap outta you.

I better get something nice out of it ^_~

Javas said...


gcastro3d said...


I went to preview night but i guess you're not there yet. Please if you can hold one for me for friday morning, that'd be great.

Geoge Castro

sherif samy said...

i just finished reading your iron man comic book..
a great one.. actually i didn't like the scenario but i was very excited by the art.

if it's possible to inform me with your new book this will be great.