|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a 32 year old technology consultant for Hewlett-Packard, a loving husband, and proud new father of a nine and a half month old beautiful little girl. I live just outside of Tampa, FL. I attended Florida State University in Tallahassee studying graphic design, but ended up going a different route when I got into the working world. I’ve lived in Florida most of my life, but I love to travel and do it frequently. I spend about a third of my time on the road travelling all over the country for work and love to travel outside the U.S. for fun when possible.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
That’s a really hard question to answer. I have several favorites for different reasons. Any of my featured pieces could take that spot on any given day. If I had to choose just one I would have to say my Prophet #5 cover by Stephen Platt and Marlo Alquiza.
Anyone familiar with my gallery knows that I am a big Platt fan. I can’t get enough of his art. The detail he puts into the pieces is just incredible. I know it is said way too often, but scans don’t do the art justice. This piece in particular is just crazy with detail and it blows me away that in spite of all that detail I can still clearly see everything going on. Although I guess I have spent several hours total studying this one. Another reason this one takes the top spot is that they managed to slip in a few extra characters in there. On the far left you can see part of a shield with a star on it. Then there’s a guy with lots of facial hair, cigar, and claws coming through his newspaper. You’ll also find a stretchy neck guy, and a hulkingly large head behind him. I wonder who those guys are.
I think the art produced in this time period was some of the best ever done. With the creation of Image it seemed the books were about the art more than anything else. Books were coming out sporadically and with delays. I know that bothered a lot of comic readers, but for me it was great. I knew that when I finally got the next issue the art would be top notch. Artists weren’t rushing to meet deadlines and were cranking out super detailed pieces. There’s a noticeable difference in the recent art some of my favorites produce today when compared to their work back at the turn of the century. It’s funny to me that I sometimes find myself preferring older pieces of lesser known characters to the newer stuff.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting original art for almost ten years now. I started collecting comic books again when Image started up. Art in the titles such as Spawn, Cyberforce, Pitt, and Prophet pulled me back in. In 2000 I was searching for a comic book on eBay and discovered that artists and dealers sold the original works there as well. My first piece was an Ascension page by David Finch that I bought for $20 if you can believe that. After I got that first page in my hands I was hooked. A short time later I stumbled upon the CAF website. I have really enjoyed buying, selling, and trading art over the past few years and this site is a wonderful place filled with some quality collectors, artists, and friends. Thanks to everyone here in our community and, of course, a huge thanks to Bill Cox.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Everything is currently stored in art portfolios, which I know is a shame. I do plan to frame several pieces to grace the walls of my home once I get into my next house. That won’t be too far off. In the meantime I make sure that I flip through my portfolios and admire the great works at least once a month.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Soul Saga #1 wraparound cover by Stephen Platt
2. Greg Capullo Spawn cover - if I can ever get enough fun money together and hold onto it long enough to purchase one.
3. Kenneth Rocafort cover of any title - He’s a genius with a pencil, but has not yet decided to part with any of his work.
4. Jeff Scott Campbell cover - He produces some of the most fun and energetic art I’ve seen. I just haven’t found the right piece available yet.
5. Angel Medina cover - I love the intense perspectives that are used in any of the pieces I see.
I also wish to one day add a Chris Bachalo X-Men cover to my collection. I already have quite a bit of art from CB. He’s definitely one of my top favorites and one day I will need to save up and get an X-title cover from him. The X-Men are my favorite comic characters. I also need to add one of the Jim Cheung covers I have my eyes on if they ever become available. Of course, I will need something from Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, Humberto Ramos, Terry Dodson, Simone Bianchi, and Stefano Caselli before I can be satisfied. I dream big!
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