1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm relatively new to the game, so I'm still learning about the comic art hobby. I think now would be a good time to thank all the people who have been so patient and supportive in helping me amass my collection. I've collected all types of art over the years, but Norman Rockwell and Jim Lee have been my consistent favorites throughout. I think my love for their style, and theme, inspire me to collect the art that I do.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My most valued piece will surprise most, but I can still remember sitting on the floor and getting to those last two pages of WildCATs #6. Down the road, when I pick up some kids, I'm going to milk this artwork for all the metaphors about life that I possibly can.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I wish I could say that I started collecting comics under happier terms, but the majority of my small collection was to keep me occupied waiting in some doctor's office. G.I. Joe: Special Missions #13 started it all, and opened a whole new universe for me. I can still remember slapping the silly putty down on my favorite scenes. After putting away such childish things, I moved on to mature titles, like Calvin and Hobbes.
I've collected original art for a little over four years now, with my first piece being a Wolverine sketch by Jim Lee that I purchased on eBay. I then stumbled upon the Comic Art Fans site. You can imagine my surprise when I searched the site; having thought for the first 20 years of my life that all the original art was held by the publishers, or artists.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
The wife loves the comic art as well, so I've had free range as far as displaying our art. I try to keep my favorite stuff on the wall, under glass. It's great seeing people stand in front of the art, and trace the lines with their eyes. I've noticed people tend to look much longer at comic art than any other art I have; aside from Agam, because his art messes with my brain.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My very own official Lee/Williams X-Men, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model cover artwork! I'd settle for a team shot from the work Lee and Williams did on that series as well. If you see any of my art for sale, it's in the hopes of landing some money to make a play for the aforementioned.
I'd give up two picks on this list just to have the Captain America Iris print original by Travis Charest. This page became available, or so I thought, but the seller said he needed to ask David Mandel if it was okay... that moment was very reminiscent of the scene from Clash of the Titans where that lady is begging Zeus for Calibos to be let off the hook for killing a horse, only the artwork was Calibos, and the outcome was similar. I was one sad old lady.
Jim Cheung and I are in talks, and if this piece looks like it does in my head, I will have victory over the endless wants that this hobby has burdened me with....
Lastly, a full-blown Omega Red vs. Wolverine DPS, drawn by Jim Lee, inked by Scott Williams... ah... yeah, then I'd have victory.
A big thank you to Bill and his staff; you guys have done a great job, and your efforts are evident, as is your success.
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