|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm from Barcelona, Spain, although I moved three years ago at Avila. I work as a letterer, graphic designer and occasionally as an editor for Glénat Spain. I'm forty, and I don't have kids.
I read comics since I was kid, starting with Disney Comics and European comics like Mortadelo y Filemón or Asterix. In my teens I was a great fan of Claremont/Byrne/Austin's X-Men and read plenty of superhero comics. I discovered classic American strips and comics like The Spirit thanks to my brother, who collected Spanish magazines similar to Heavy Metal. Hence that I was open minded to different kind of comics. Then Bill Sienkiewicz arrived on Moon Knight and New Mutants and both worlds merged.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Definitely, it's the New Mutants #21 painted cover by Sienkiewicz.
His run on New Mutants shocked me in my teens since I never saw something similar in superheroes comics. At that stage, I never missed any of Sienkiewicz's painted covers. This was in spite of the fact that American comics were really scarce in Spain and my resources were quite limited. I bought the first issues of his run in New Mutants, and I enjoyed every single panel of them. I read them so many times that these images are very fresh in my mind more than 25 years later. Hence I collect any page from the Demon Bear arc and New Mutants #21, which in my honest opinion are Sienkiewicz's peak of his career.
The cover of New Mutants #21 is the best and most iconic image of the run, and a great piece of art. I had to ask for a loan to afford it, and I'm still paying it, but I never regret about this decision because how many times you have the opportunity to purchase your favorite piece from your youth?
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Although I had a friend who collected original art from many years ago, I always repressed myself to this hobby due to my poor economy and the knowledge that, as I'm very passionate with my hobbies, I was afraid that I could ruin myself if I ever got hooked with it.
Fortunately, in the last few years my economy improved, but in spite of it, I kept myself away of the hobby till one key day. As part of Barcelona Con 2006, Mitch Itkowitz, Sienkiewicz's former art dealer, arranged an exhibition of his art, where pieces were offered for sale at old prices (you know what I mean). I couldn't resist attending it and immediately I got hooked with the Elektra: The Hand cover hung on the wall. There were great pieces of art, but I only had eyes for the Elektra piece, even if it "only" showed a samurai head. If you visit my gallery, you'll understand why it was so irresistible to me. From that moment on, I simply couldn't stop to collect, as I foresaw.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Since I moved about three years ago, I couldn't find time to decorate my home, so I'm waiting to hang my favorite pieces. They are currently stored in Itoya portfolios, although I have a few pieces at sight temporally. I'm also afraid about sun exposure and the fact that I can't find pro frames in the small town that I live. I also want to keep the pieces out of sight because I'm afraid I will get tired of them and I want them to keep the capacity to impress me each time I see them.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Although I already own my personal grail with the New Mutants #21 cover, I'd also treasure the covers of the Demon Bear arc (New Mutants #18-20) and key pages of this same run. I would also love to own a nice page from Byrne/Austin's X-Men run, but prices are too high, and for that kind of money I could buy Sienkiewicz painted covers.
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