|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a father of one, Daniel (16), and getting married to my fiancée Maria in May next year. I work as a Child Psychiatrist in the NHS - that's socialised medicine - in England, where I live outside Manchester (home of the greatest football team in the world, Manchester United!), and also for the courts advising on child care cases. I also do some writing both in comics, where I work in Special Projects at Desperado Publishing, and elsewhere, currently working on a biography of my stepfather, who is an eminent opera and music critic and writer.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
It's tough to choose just one, but my favourite piece is "Once Every Nine Years", the Fairy Market piece by Charles Vess, which hangs in pride of place above my mantelpiece. It's my favourite for a couple of reasons; as a collector and admirer of art, I am just stunned by the scope and artistry of the piece, by one of my favourite artists and one of the best in the business. And although it was not painted specifically for me - it was done for the new printing of Stardust - Charles gave me first refusal on it, even though I couldn't pay for it at the time. So the fact it was done by a good friend and that he gave me that privilege adds a personal nuance to the piece. Mark Schultz's portrait of Maria and Charles' commission for me of the Faery Lovers, on which my own cats appear, are close seconds!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
In 1984 I met and got to know my first "comics pro", who as it turned out lived only a mile or so from where I lived in London at the time - John Bolton. He invited me to his house and I was transfixed by the craft and technique, the skill and hard work that clearly went into his art, of which I was already a big fan. A little while later he did me a nice little commission, and I was hooked. For quite a few years I simply occasionally approached artists at cons or sketches but gradually, as I acquired an income, started buying pieces too.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My favourite pieces are framed and hung on the wall. The rest are in Itoyas at easy rich on bookshelves, or inscribed into books, or sketchbooks, also on the shelves.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I have been lucky, or fortunate, enough to obtain many of my most wanted commissions and I usually go for commissions over published pieces; but given five more to aim at (from living artists!) I would love pieces of my choosing from Brian Bolland; JG Jones; Jon Muth (I would love that original nude splash from Moonshadow that I think Eric Delos Santos has); Dave McKean; and Mark Buckingham.
A couple of which are in the pipeline!!!
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