1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 49, married, with a college-age daughter. I've been a partner in a graphic services company for the past 21 years. We started as a film-imagesetting service bureau in the late 80s and, over the years, have been a design/production house, photo studio, digital printer, and magazine publisher. For the past few years, our niche has been in on-demand and large-format printing and large project fulfillment.
Growing up I was a military brat living all over the US and Europe. I went to ten different schools between 1st and 12th grade. It seemed like I had to make new friends every year, but books and comics were always a constant in my life. I still remember the first comic my parents ever bought me at the age of six. I pointed up to the top of the rack that seemed 20-feet tall at that pretty green cover of Justice League #42. My mom said "I'm not getting you that," and handed me Sinbad Jr. #1.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
It's tough to pick a favorite. I'm particularly fond of the Everett Sub-Mariner pages, the Alex Ross splash, the Starman Omnibus cover, but I'm going to go with the piece I've had the longest – 31 years – the Murphy Anderson Star Pirate page from Planet Comics #36. Everything about it screams "Golden Age." I never get tired of looking at it.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
The summer between high school and the start of college I roadtripped up to HoustonCon with a friend who was set up to sell there. I had no money and five low-grade issues of Crack and Smash; but in the grand tradition of Huey, Dewey and Louie, I was able to parlay them into the previously-mentioned Star Pirate page and a mid-grade copy of Police Comics #1. The Planet page languished in a closet for a few years while I was away at college, getting married, etc. Then in the mid 1980s a friend and I bought a collection from the newspaper classified ads (remember those days?) of Gold, Silver and Bronze Age comics, which we sold at conventions. Whenever we would set up at a Houston show, these two guys, Jeff and Paul, would bring us this great art (that I never could have otherwise afforded) to trade for comics. That's where the Neal Adams Batman, the Barry Windsor-Smith Conan, the Wrightsons, and the Corben in my gallery came from. From then on I was hooked.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I've got a geek room/office where much of the art hangs framed on the walls. There are a few pieces like the Ewer Puck page and the Lane Smith that are allowed to hang elsewhere in the house. Everything else is tucked away in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
5. Something from Travis Charest's later work.
4. A nice Kaluta Shadow page.
3. An Eisner Spirit page with a good fight scene.
2. A Winsor McCay editorial cartoon or Rarebit Fiend
1. Not really comic art, but my main art grail would be a Ralph Steadman piece from Animal Farm, Treasure Island, or Alice in Wonderland.
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