Art + Culture
Q+A: Scott Eder, Comic Book Art Dealer
Scott Eder is a persistently motivated comic book art dealer who specializes in what almost no one else in the world does: the buying, selling, and displaying of phenomenal, original, and simply mind blowing comic book artwork. With more than 20 years of experience, Scott has found a way to display the most meaningful and technically artistic comic pieces. If you are a fan of comic books and aesthetically pleasing art, make sure to check out Scott Eder’s website here and their gallery at 18 Bridge Street, 2i. The Scott Eder Gallery is currently showing The MAD Fold In Art of Al Jaffee.
When did your interest in comic books and comic book art start, and how did it progress over time?
Well I was a kid who read comic books, my favorite comic books were Mad Magazine, Conan the Barbarian, Swamp Thing and Iron Man. I was a fanatical comic book collector as a kid. I stopped collecting as a teenager, and then as a young adult in my mid 20’s, I started to collect again. At that age I realized I had a knack for buying and selling, and my business grew from there. Initially I was a book dealer, and when I discovered the original drawings made for comic books, it was an amazing moment for me. I found an extreme passion.
What led you to open an online art gallery in 1997?
I have been doing business as a comic book dealer, and a comic book art dealer the old school way for 20 years. I went to comic book conventions and did a lot of mail order. When the internet started, I was doing business online before the web. There were trading networks but there was only code and typing, no images. That was over 20 years ago, and when the web came out, it was a no brainer: you had to have a website. When eBay came around, I jumped on that right away as well.
Where is the majority of your comic book art sold?
I sell a lot of work online on eBay, and I have 2 websites for commerce. On my gallery website I have a comic book art specific website. I do a pretty good amount of business at comic book conventions.
Where does your artwork usually come from?
Almost always from artists themselves but there is a lot of collector to collector, and collector to dealer transactions. Also from auction houses. Sometimes artists contact me and sometimes I contact them. They usually know who I am or people know me and make an introduction to others, and vise versa.
What differentiates your comic book art gallery from others out there?
In the United States, there are no dedicated comic book art galleries other than mine; there are comic book shops that will do art shows, there are art galleries that will feature a comic book artist. I am, and have been for the past 7 years, the only truly dedicated comic book art gallery. Predominate exposure to this kind of art comes from buying it directly from a source: eBay or meeting an artist at a comic book convention. In my situation, I put on a show and hang art, so people can see the original art.
What is the most rewarding feeling from managing your own gallery?
Putting on a really good show and getting a positive crowd response! Getting a nice turnout and people coming is one of the most rewarding things.
Why did you choose to open your gallery in DUMBO and why do you enjoy the neighborhood?
Well I live in Chelsea, which is probably the premier art gallery neighborhood in the world maybe. I could not afford any kind of space in Chelsea. I looked and it was just outrageous. DUMBO is perfectly situated for access for people from virtually anywhere. When I met my landlord in DUMBO, he was so much nicer and easier to deal with than any of the landlords I met in New York City. Rent is really affordable for New York City rent. That was 7 years ago and I am still here. I love the neighborhood, it’s getting nicer and nicer. There are great food options, it’s easy to get to, and that’s why I am still here.
Current Exhibit:The MAD Fold In Art of Al Jaffee (The gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street, apt 2-i). Al Jaffee worked at MAD Magazine most of his life, and trademarked the Fold-In. He earned the Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist/Writer in 2001. His revolutionary contribution to the comic book world should be seen at the Scott Eder Gallery. If you grew up admiring comic book art, there is no excuses to miss the exhibit of Jaffee’s nontraditional yet uniquely creative art work.