1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Currently I'm an active duty Huey crew chief in the Marine Corps. So most days I spend part of the day flying around the southern Arizona desert training with the Search and Rescue unit I am currently stationed with. I've been married for 16 years, have two wonderful daughters, and will be a grandfather sometime in September. I've been a fan of art for as long as I can remember. Field trips to the museum as a youngster while living in New York had a big influence. The thought of ever owning anything like the pieces I saw was definitely out of the question until I saw some of the covers Vertigo had published. Much more than just a comic cover, they're standalone pieces of magnificent beauty that just also happen to be comic covers. I only had three comics growing up, which I still have, so the nostalgia aspect of collecting has little influence. I didn't begin buying comics until I was in my 20s, after someone lent me Wolverine #41-46 while we were on a WesPac together.
I also enjoy raising tortoises and when I have the time, coloring my commissions myself in Photoshop. I also sell art for one artist at the moment, James LeMay, but I am always looking to represent more. I'll be getting out of the Marine Corps in a few years, I can't think of a better occupation to get into.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
This is the toughest question asked of any collector with two or more pieces in their collection. As I write this, I am going to have to go with the cover of Lucifer #14 by Duncan Fegredo, the look on Mazikeen's face, the hands… Coming in a very close second would be the cover of Lucifer #31 (pictured here -editor) by Chris Moeller. The anguish portrayed, again, the hands… Chris did an amazing job on this. Finally, coming in a very, very close third, everything else in my CAF!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I first saw OA for sale in the comic book section of eBay, but nothing caught my eye until the week someone was auctioning Preacher #3 pg 16. At the time, 1996 or so, that issue was "guiding" for $30-$40, and the page was only bid up to $80. So it seemed a good deal to get the one of a kind page for little more than the massed produced comic. I ended up winning the page for about $130 and it's been downhill ever since. I've still got that page some 13 years later.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Embarrassingly, I have to admit I only have less than 10 pieces framed and on display at this time.
Once I leave the military I have dreams of grandeur to frame and display all of my painted pieces. All of my interior pages are in Itoya portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1) A Glenn Fabry commission. I've actually got one "in work" since 2003, just waiting to complete the transaction.
2) A Phil Hale Vertigo cover.
3) A Steve Dillon commission. I know exactly what it would be, so if any "insiders" out there can help, just let me know.
4) Any Dean Ormston page from Lucifer #33. That issue chokes me up every time I read it.
5) Just one or two more Preacher pages for my collection.
6) And lastly my most wanted collectible is any commission I paid for but haven't yet received! I have a hard enough time paying for art I want, I can't afford to pay for art I never received! You know who you are!
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