1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 39 and have been collecting Batman memorabilia and art since 1989. I began collecting as a hobby and my hobby soon turned into an obsession. Unlike most art collectors I prefer to get commissions/con sketches than published art as to me it's a more personal thing to have an artist do a one of a kind piece for you. That being said, I do on occasion buy published pieces but only if they really interest me.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
To choose just one is a crime LOL but one of my favorites is the Shadow of the Bat #87 double page splash, it conveys so many emotions with out a single word, it's the re-telling of the death of Bruce's parents and the beginning of the Batman. It's just an iconic image from a story that has been told many times and many ways but to me this one just says it all without a single word.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Originally I had only planned on collecting toys and memorabilia then I was going to conventions in '90/'91 and was like, "Wow look at all the artists doing sketches and commissions I have to get some of these" and thus began my art collecting. Then it just snowballed till I had to get art it is like an addiction at times, "Must get more art, must get more art."
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Sadly with over 1000 pieces of art 99% of my art collection is in Itoya art portfolios. Most of the walls in my house have lithographs and animation cels on them; I know it's a crime to keep it all in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Jim Balent Catwoman commission; I have been trying to get one for many many years.
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez commission; I just really like his style
Jim Aparo illustration
Marshall Rogers illustration
Dick Sprang illustration
Many, many more pieces but who can think of all you want in just a few minutes?
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