I’m auctioning a Fantastic Four number 52, the first appearance of the Black Panther in VF condition. This comic was donated for auction by my buddy Todd Wetzel. (Auction details and more pictures are at the bottom of this post.)
Todd and I went to kindergarten together all the way through high school. And we were like the only two kids serious enough to collect comics the whole time. We discovered Bill Boichel’s first comic book store, BEM, together along with our buddy Mark and would go every new comics day back in middle school onwards through high school and beyond.
Todd, the city kid, now has a small independent farm outside of Pittsburgh. He offers weekly farmshare boxes. Meaning every week during the summer his customers, like me, pick up a fresh box of veggies and eggs at Todd’s Mom’s porch here in the neighborhood. It’s amazing. It was life changing when I started doing it years ago. Fresh veggies and eggs every week from a local, family owned, all natural real deal farm? Truly a miracle. Todd and his wife Sarah work so hard to make it all WORK and I feel like I eat healthier and am happier because I get to participate.
When I started the Rowhouse Residency I would often make dinner one of the nights when student was here for their residency. And almost every time, the student would be exclaim “I’ve never eaten vegetables that tasted like this”. Or “I’ve never had real eggs before”. Seriously. It was an eye opener. So, part of what we do at the Rowhouse is to try and rewire how to take care of yourself so you can make creative work WORK. And a lot of that is diet and really what you eat and almost most importantly where you buy that food from. I am extremely lucky to have Todd and Sarah’s farmshare to participate in. And now, through the Rowhouse, I can share that with more people. Audra Stang is the resident up at the Rowhouse these days, and Sally Ingraham is the Innkeeper up there, and Caleb Orecchio is around the corner. Plus we have a full slate of new residents coming. Last year, Audra and Sally and the other residents would share with me out of my weekly farmbox, but this year I would like to get the Rowhouse their own farmbox.
So Todd has donated his copy of Fantastic Four number 52 which Todd bought at BEM back in the day so that we can come up with the money to get the Rowhouse their own farmbox.
We are going to do a blind auction. Meaning you place a bid not knowing anyone else’s bid. Minimum bid is $211. Starts today Saturday February 24 and ends next Saturday March 3rd at midnight EST. DM me on Instagrom @frankscosmiccorner or @santoro.frank or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
The idea is that you are buying a BEM copy from Bill, through Todd and me and supporting a good cause. Time is money and comics and growing vegetables takes a lot of time. And love and patience. So won’t you please place a bid?
Yours in awe at life’s eternal mystery, Frankius