Bells’ Art Collection, Part 8

For the past few weeks, I’ve been showing off the sketches and commissions of comic art that I’ve collected at comic conventions over the past few years. Today is a little different.

Comic fandom is special in that you can own an original piece of art. You can’t do that with a book. No one owns the original copy of a song (though maybe a white label record is close). Comics are art, you can own the item that others only have a print or photo of.

A few years ago, at the Boston Comic Con I saw then X-Factor inker Pat Davidson. On his table he had a box of original pages for sale, as low as $20. I loved that entire series of X-Factor, so I thought I’d flip through. Conversation pages are typically more affordable than splashy action shots. But talky scenes are Peter David’s strong suit, so I knew I would find something good. And I found pages 7-8 from X-Factor #215.

Madrox Proposes to LaylaFor those that didn’t read the book, this was a marriage proposal that was years in the making. I had to have it. $50 for the spread. Every convention I flip through portfolios of pages, but this is the only time I’ve pulled the trigger. The penciled pages are too rich for my blood, but this is one piece I’ll always appreciate.

So next time you’re looking to buy some original art, remember the inkers. Their lack of popularity (in comparison to pencilers) may just help you get that piece you love without hitting your wallet as hard.

So that’s it. That’s everything I own. But with Worcester’s MASSive Con in June (and within walking distance from my house!) and Boston Con in July/August, I hope to more to show off soon.

– Bells

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 7

We did it! Or, I should say, I did it and maybe you saw some of this. Or this is your first time seeing my website. Or maybe you’re that weirdo that who searched for “symbiote and black cat have sex.”


Finishing off my showing off of my art collection, check out:

  • Tara Chace (from Queen & Country) by Mike Norton
  • A sketch from Tara McPherson
  • Thor by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Two-Face by Dennis Calero
  • The White Violin (from The Umbrella Academy) by Gabriel Bá
  • Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair by Emanuela Lupacchino
  • Wolverine by Ming Doyle
  • Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) by Franco Aureliani

Click to enhance. Enhance. Enhance.

Other posts of my art collection can be found by clicking the Bells’ Collection tag.

And the whole thing is on the Bells’ Kitchen Tumblr, tagged for easy access. I actually have two blogs there that update everyday: the strictly comics-based Bells’ Kitchen, and the more random bells214. Bells214 may be a Carly Rae Jepson song one day, followed by the Celtics, followed by a terrifying mushroom creature. Come on by. It’ll be fun.

Well this was the last of sketches, but next week I have one more related post. It’s comic art, but something different. You’ll see.


– Bells

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 6

Oh hey. Hi there. I’m not sure I’ve had seven posts in six weeks since I started writing for myself. Maybe ever. But I like showing this art off so …

This week I have:

  • Robin by Todd Nauck
  • Rogue by Melissa DeJesus
  • Sabretooth by Mark Brooks
  • Supergirl by Franco
  • Superman by World Wresting Entertainment Legend, Jerry “The King” Lawler
  • Tara Chace (from Queen & Country) by Leandro Fernandez
  • Tara Chace by Brian Hurtt
  • Tara Chace by Carla Speed McNeil

There’s one more Tara Chace sketch that you’ll see next week. God, I love and miss Queen and Country. I’m trying to get a sketch of Tara from each artist who worked on the book, but some have proven hard to track down.

Other posts of my art collection can be found here.

And the whole thing is on Tumblr.

Next week will be the end of my collection (and these posts), though I may have something related the week after that. Suspense.

– Bells

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 5

Don’t worry. I’m feeling a bit more vocal this week. We’re in the second half of the alphabet, but there is some great art coming up. My Tara Chace pieces, work from a WWE legend, and a big old beard. But that’s to come.

This week I have:

  • Molly Hayes (from Runaways) by Adrian Alphona
  • Nico Minoru (from Runaways) by Christina Strain
  • Niightcrawler by Skottie Young
  • Nomad by David Baldeon
  • Penny B (from Phonogram) by Jamie McKelvie
  • Rachel Summers by Hwan Cho
  • Raven by Franco Aureliani
  • Raven by Mike McKone

Other posts of my collection can be found here.

And the whole thing is on Tumblr.

Come back next week!

– Bells

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 4

My collection. Eight pieces. Seven weeks. Part four.

Old posts here.

Whole thing on Tumblr.

This week:

  • Joker by Lee Bermejo
  • Juggernaut by Declan Shalvey
  • Kabuki by David Mack
  • Loki by Olivier Coipel
  • Madame Masque by Annie Wu
  • Magneto by Leonard Kirk
  • Magneto by Alex Sanchez
  • Magneto by Walt Simonson

Click to embiggen.

See you next week. Same Bells place, same Bells channel.

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 3

Hello again. If you found this through Tumblr or Twitter or wherever, you probably know what you’re about to see. If you found me through a Google image search, welcome to the Kitchen. Each week I’m showing off eight pieces of comic book art I’ve collected over the years. No humble, just brag.

Previous posts in the series can be found here.

And those with no patience can see the whole collection on the Bells’ Kitchen Tumblr.

Featured this week:

  • Gambit by Mike Choi
  • Gronk (from Gronk [in a Rob Gronkowski jersey!]) by Katie Cook
  • Gus (from Sweet Tooth) by Jeff Lemire
  • Gwen Stacy by Tim Sale
  • The Hulk by Tim Sale
  • Jade (from Morning Glories) by Joe Eisma
  • Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man by Dennis Calero
  • The Joker by Franco

Clicking any of the images will open a gallery, which also links to full-size images.

Some good stuff is coming next week, including another Joker, and one of my absolute favorite sketches, by Declan Shalvey

– Bells

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 2

Hey y’all. For those who were here last week, welcome back. For those who weren’t, you’ve stumbled on the second in a series of posts showing off all the comic art I’ve collected over the past few years. Eight pieces a week for seven weeks.

Last week’s pieces can be seen here.

And those with no patience can see the whole collection on the Bells’ Kitchen Tumblr.

Featured this week:

  • Dark Phoenix by Roger Andrews
  • Delirium (from Sandman) by Becky Cloonan
  • Doctor Doom by Paul Ryan
  • Dodge (from Locke and Key) by Janet K. Lee
  • Dodola (from Habibi) by Craig Thompson
  • Echo by David Mack
  • Emma Frost by Becky Cloonan
  • The Flash by Andrew Charipar

Clicking any of the images will open a gallery, which also links to full-size images.

That’s all for now. See you next Tuesday.

– Bells

Bells’ Art Collection, Part 1

If you haven’t been following Bells’ Kitchen on Tumblr, you’ve been missing out on some really great comic art, my collection. Once a day for first 50 or so days of 2015, I posted one piece from my sketchbooks. And now I bring all that here. As on Tumblr, I’ll go in alphabetical order, all the way from Banshee to Wonder Girl. If my math is right, I should have eight pieces for you each week for the next seven weeks.

For those with no patience, you can check it all out here.

Featured this week:

  • Banshee (Siryn) by Valentine De Landro
  • Batman by Rags Morales
  • Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) by Franco Aureliani
  • Captain America by Sean Forney
  • Captain Cold by Scott Kolins
  • Daredevil by Cliff Chiang
  • Daredevil by David Mack
  • Daredevil by Tim Sale

You can click any of the images to open a gallery which also links to full-size images.

What do you think of this WordPress image gallery? Does that work or would you rather just see thumbnails that lead to larger sized photos?

Let me know.

Edit: So WordPress photo galleries do not cooperate well with CSS feeds. So now we have thumbnails. Enjoy!

– Bells

Bells’ Pull List: The Culling

Real talk time: I recently got laid off. Yes, I’m collecting unemployment, but when you’re not making a full income, you’ve got to cut your expenses real quick. I already cancelled cable TV, I’m cooking at home more, making fewer trips to the bar. So what’s left as far as my non-necessary expenses? Yeah. Comics.

I’ve been going to the shop every week since college. And now I’m tasked with cutting my comics budget. I would have thought this would have meant some really hard decisions. But the publishers, especially Marvel are making it really easy. Not because the books are bad, but because with their Marvel NOW! promotion, which aims to give new readers a jumping on point, they’re giving me a jumping off point.

Here’s my pull list as it stands today:

  • Avengers Academy
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men
  • Dark Avengers
  • Batman
  • Batwoman
  • All the Before Watchmen stuff
  • Birds of Prey
  • Captain America
  • Winter Soldier
  • Captain Marvel
  • Daredevil
  • Fatale
  • Flash
  • Gambit
  • Invincible Iron Man
  • Punisher
  • Rachel Rising
  • Saga
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • X-Factor
  • X-Men Legacy

Now let’s get rid of anything that is a limited series, has an impending cancellation, or has a creative team or direction switch announced:

  • Batman
  • Batwoman
  • Birds of Prey
  • Captain Marvel [which sold 40,000 copies of issue #1, which is not good. And it didn’t get great reviews.]
  • Daredevil
  • Fatale
  • Flash
  • Gambit [We don’t know yet how well this sold. It could be gone in six months.]
  • Rachel Rising
  • Saga
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • X-Factor

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited about some of the Marvel NOW! books. Kieron Gillen’s name always get my attention. And nothing about Matt Fraction and Mike Allred’s FF has turned me off yet. I mean, a team with Ant-Man, Medusa, and She-Hulk? With Allred drawing it? I’m in.

I’m not saying that my pull list will stay around 10 items (especially with the impending Phonogram 3: The Immaterial Girl), but this is one of the unintended consequences of shakeups. I’m going to be looking to save money. Like it or not, tradewaiting saves money.

I’m not going to be some super pessimist, saying that I’m quitting books because I feel alienated or because Marvel’s trying to get us excited about the same stories over and over again. I’m enjoying Marvel’s current output. But as they wave new readers into the comic shop, I’m going to quietly sneak out the back.

Book Survey! Part 5 of 5

So we’re at the end. More about me and my reading habits. Be sure to click that “Book Survey” tag, so you don’t miss any of the fun.

If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

Never thought of it. Perhaps Italian. It’s got the style of being European without the terrible sounds of the French accent or anger of the German.

Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? To completion?

Perhaps 100 Years of Solitude. Some 500 pages, 19 characters named Aureliano. I think four generations of a family. Magical realism. It was just a headspinner.

Favorite fictional villain?

Define “villain.” My favorite antagonist is Magneto. Because he’s right.

Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Less than Zero Book CoverWhatever is on the stack. But I have read Bret Easton Ellis’ Less than Zero twice, completely while in planes/airports. It’s fitting – the book is about a kid back in LA on Christmas break from his New England college.



The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Like books I want to read? A day? A week? I don’t know.

Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldProbably Fight Club for novels and Scott Pilgrim for comics. The Virgin Suicides was too short. The Rules of Attraction was too divergent from the book. Watchmen was … Watchmen. The Unbearable Lightness of Being should have never been a movie.



Most disappointing film adaptation?

Other than Watchmen?

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

The Perks of Being a WallflowerI going to reread Blankets and The Perks of Being a Wallflower soon. Perks because of the upcoming movie. Blankets just because. (Maybe because Habibi was so disappointing.) I’m afraid they’ll both be too maudlin to enjoy anymore.

If I’m really trying to avoid reading a book, I just don’t read it.


Name a book that made you angry.

Angry? About what? I mean, Keeper made me angry toward the anti-choice characters in the book. But angry because a book was bad? Please. I have real things to be angry about. I don’t need fictional ones as well.

Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

There is no guilt. Only pleasure.


So that’s all! I know a bunch of you have read this. Don’t be afraid to comment. That’s what helps the internet (and everything else) get better – feedback.

I’m about to have a lot of time on my hands, so I hope to talk to you soon.