1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 26 and graduated from college a few years ago with a BS in Psychology and English. I haven't decided whether I want to pursue a Master's Degree or just start on a career. I worked as a bouncer while I was in college, and I am currently a case worker employed by the county. Aside from collecting art my other hobby is body building. My art collection mostly focuses on my favorite villains. Lately I have been drifting away from pen and ink pieces and gravitating more towards painted pieces. Unfortunately, most comic art is pen and ink. I also enjoy Indiana Jones and Star Wars pieces, as I grew up on those movies the same time I was growing up with Bert and Ernie; I have an older brother so I was around the Star Wars toys and Temple of Doom movie at a very young age.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece of art is my Joe Jusko Mephisto painting. The colors are amazing and Mephisto looks great. A lot of artists have difficulty depicting Mephisto. This piece also does a great job filling the void of selling a John Buscema Silver Surfer splash with Mephisto to put a down payment on car while in college a few years ago.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first piece of comic art in 2004. I wound up selling my collection in 2005, while I was in college. I started another collection after I graduated in 2007. I had been collecting Golden Age comics and got tired of seeing perfectly fine comic books being altered and forever destroyed in an attempt to pass off the books as a higher grade copy.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Ideally I would like to have everything framed. I try to keep my collection somewhat small. At this point I have a little less than half of all my pieces framed. This is also another reason why I like art over comic books. Comics spend most of the time tucked away in boxes. I can enjoy art work everyday without having to dig anything out...except for the pieces currently sitting in a portfolio.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I could do a realistic list and an unrealistic list, but most of the unrealistic ones can be seen in my Favorite Artwork Gallery Lists.
1. Creatures on the Loose #32 Cover by John Romita Sr. (If you've ever seen it let me know!)
2. Wolverine #185 Cover by Esad Ribic
3. G.I. Joe Cover or Painting featuring Destro (I grew up on G.I. Joe too, but I haven't found the right piece yet)
4. Green Goblin and Ghost Rider 1994 Marvel Masterpiece Paintings by the Hildebrandts
5. Joe Jusko 1992 Marvel Masterpiece Paintings (Mostly the Spider-Man villains but there are many others I would be interested in).
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