1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a professor and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where I teach painting, drawing and illustration. I'm married to Kim, who's a social worker (and very tolerant of my hobby!), with two great kids.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Ugh, I hate this question. It's sort of like asking, "Which is your favorite child". My favorite piece changes; sometimes weekly, sometimes daily. Today though, I would say that it's my 1917 Krazy Kat Sunday page, by George Herriman. This particular Sunday page has all of the elements that make Herriman the incredible artist that he was: great, lively pen work, and wonderful writing. He was, in my mind, a poet of the Sunday page. Things that normally make no sense, make perfect sense in his world. That's what this Sunday page reveals to me. I feel very lucky and honored to own it, as it's one of my top five very favorite Krazy Kat Sunday pages.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting original comic art for around 27 years, give or take a year or two. My memory is not that good~:c) I can, however, remember pretty vividly what got me interested in collecting original art. I was at a Creation Con in New York City, around 1978, 1979 or 1980. John Byrne was sitting at a table, doing drawings for, I believe, five bucks a figure. As a kid in high school who grew up reading comic books, I never really associated the people who actually drew the pages with the art itself. Watching Byrne draw, creating these figures and
scenes out of blank sheets of paper, was magic to me. I was hooked.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have my favorite pieces, around 20 of them, archivally matted and framed, with UV protection conservation glass. In the last number of years, I've been using a low profile gold frame with black undertones. The frame has a classic, yet modern feel to it. I don't like large, gaudy frames, as they tend to overwhelm the artwork. This is just right.
The rest of my collection is in individual Mylar sleeves, all housed in a set of metal flat files. I used to store my artwork in portfolios, but much prefer to keep them flat, in individual sleeves.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I own the second-to-last Krazy Kat Sunday page, and would love to get my hands on the very last Sunday. The two share a common theme, and really belong together. They're quite fragile piece, artistically speaking, as Herriman was dying when he drew them. I love that fragile beauty. That's the only piece that I can say would be on my "want list". I pretty much take collecting as it comes. Wonderful pieces find their way out of the woodwork all the time.
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