1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 42 years old. I am very happily married with four wonderful children. I live on Long Island, New York and I proudly work for a major investment bank.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I have a very clear favorite; it is the Alex Ross 9/11 Marvel Heroes cover. It is one of those rare pieces that transcends comics. As I mention in the gallery, the painting evokes terrible memories of a haunting time in our history. It also resurrects a time of tremendous pride for New York and how the country came together as one. Over the years I had taken some knocks at being a comic collector and there in the country's most time of need, my comic art heroes were paying homage to other very deserving heroes. The amount of pride I feel for the entire comic art industry today is still immeasurable. I sincerely believe that this painting is to be shared by everyone on Comic Art Fans.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Initially I started collecting graded comics. I have a particular affinity for Bronze Age Horror. I amassed one of the better collections of Bronze Age #1 graded comics with an accompanying raw complete set of each #1. They began to take up too much room and I liquidated the graded comics. I began collecting art by striking up friendships with some of the artists around 1998. I became enamored with the complete process and became discontent with simply collecting and started taking fine art classes. Upon becoming a student, I had a new profound respect for painting. It is the hardest thing I have ever loved doing. I am very passionate about art. Since then, I generally only collect painted covers but joyfully celebrate all art forms.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I try to get all the covers framed and hung on a wall. Firstly, I enjoy sharing them with everyone. I also put significant effort with the framer to bring out the best in each piece. Secondly, it protects them from the kids. Nonetheless, I have simply run out of wall space and have dozens of Itoyas filled and stored.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. The Loki covers by Esad Ribic are glaring omissions. I would be honored to own one someday.
2. I loved the Punisher: Born Max series. Issue #4 Page 17 is a classic in my book.
3. The Wrightson Frankenstein plates are all absolute masterpieces.
4. The Sanjulian Warren covers are favorites.
5. A Kent Williams painting is also high on my list.
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