1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well my name is Chris Klamer and I am a Branch Manager for a fastener company that sells the government and their subcontractors the screws, nuts, bolts, and whatever else they need to build their missiles, tanks, and Space Stations. I have been collecting comics since I was a kid back in the early 60s; unfortunately my mother threw out most of the really old books in one of our many moves back around 1969-1970 so most of my books start in the late 60s to early 70s and go up.
I also work with a fantastic charity the Hero Initiative as one of their Regional Board Members and we mainly set up and run the booths at conventions all over the country and Canada. We help comic book creators in their time of need; I went to their first auction in 2001 and thought that what they do is just the right thing. I believe everyone should help the people that started all of this and are now in need of our help. So all I can say is please step up and be someone’s Hero.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
This is a very difficult question but I guess I guess one of my favorite pieces would be my Jim Cheung Young Avengers splash with Iron Man, Sentry, Spider-Woman, and the Young Avengers on it. But I also love the Marc Silvestri Witchblade cover since she is one of my favorite characters to get a commission of.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Because of the locations I have lived we didn’t have access to conventions. So I didn’t go to my first convention until 2001 and yes I know that is very sad but I have to say I fell in love with it right then and there. I went to the first ever ACTOR (now Hero Initiative) auction, bought my first artwork and I have not looked back. It has been a steady flow since and now I have some where between 500-600 published and commissioned pieces. Plus I collect Wonder Woman art for my wife’s collection.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
It is so expensive to have pieces framed I started doing all of my own matting and framing. My wife bought me a really nice five-foot matte cutter so I can cut full sheets and now I have pieces framed all over the house. Most of mine are in the office and my wife’s Wonder Woman pieces are in the guest bedroom. I am steadily framing more but have too much stuff in my framing room. My wife needs to move some stuff so I can get back to it. We also have several paintings and other pieces in the living room and our bedroom. There are pictures of some of the pieces on the walls in my CAF galleries.
But I have the majority of the art in Itoya and Pratt portfolios until I can get some more framing done.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Michael Turner Witchblade cover
Jim Lee Wonder Woman commission.
Frank Cho has to be on this list.
Neal Adams anything.
Full Witchblade paintings by Sanjulian, Enric Torres-Pratt and Joe Jusko.
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