1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a native New Yorker who has been collecting comic books since the age of ten. I am married to a wonderful woman who enjoys watching television and seeing the joy in my face whenever I talk about comics and all things comic-related.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I love every piece I own, but if I had to choose a favorite, I would have to choose the Wizard cover featuring Old Man Logan. My jaw dropped when I first laid eyes on that cover, and I still cannot believe that I actually own the original art. It's the cornerstone of my growing Old Man Logan collection.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Before comic art, I collected animation cels for many years. I started to collect comic art in July 2007. As hard as it is to believe, I did not realize that I could actually buy comic art until that summer. It was at that time that I discovered the Comic Art Fans website. So I have to thank Bill Cox and all the people who put together the website for introducing me to this wonderful hobby.
I purchased my first piece directly from Scott Kolins. That piece is the cover art to the first issue of Omega Flight. My first grail piece was the cover art to Omega Flight #3. At first, Scott would not let go of the cover despite many offers and consistent pleading. Finally, Scott emailed me in the fall of 2007, offering the cover to me with the condition that I would sell it back to him if I ever decided to let it go. Scott really did not want to let go of the cover art, but he knew how much I wanted it and was nice enough to allow me to become its proud owner.
Scott's story is an example of why I love this hobby so much. I have met and gotten to know so many comic book artists who are all-around nice people, and there are several fellow comic art collectors who I am proud to call my friends. I get great joy in seeing other collectors acquire their dream art, and I love leaving comments for them on CAF.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
A third of my collection is framed. There is not enough wall space in our apartment to display everything. My ultimate goal is own a home and to frame/display every piece in my collection.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I would LOVE to own:
1) Flash: Iron Heights cover art
2) Aliens #1 cover art (the first series drawn by Mark A. Nelson)
3) Incredible Hulk Annual #7 cover art
All other desired pieces are way out of my price range, but if anyone wants to give me (LOL) or sell me dirt cheap a Frank Miller Dark Knight page, Byrne/Austin X-Men page, Frank Miller Daredevil page, or Watchmen page, I'm ready to receive them! Oh, and if you're reading this Bill Woo, that Incredible Hulk #340 cover sure would look great on my wall (LOL).
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