1. Please tell us about yourself.
I live in New York City with my girlfriend, two cats, and a turtle. I have been reading comic books since the mid-1980s. I started out as a very mainstream-focused collector, mostly reading Marvel, DC, and Image superhero books. Over the last decade, my tastes have become much more diverse. I still read some superhero books, but I also follow more "alternative" material.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
One of my all-time favorite pieces of original artwork in my collection is the Orion convention sketch by Neil Vokes. I like to refer to this as "the best convention sketch ever." Neil is an amazing artist, and he put such an incredible amount of detail into this piece. He really captured the tragedy and brooding pathos of the character perfectly.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting original artwork since 1994. I remember going to a small comic convention in the suburbs. One deal had several pieces of original artwork for sale, including a couple of recent Steve Ditko pages. In addition, the guest at the show, Dave Cockrum, had a portfolio full of art for sale. I didn't buy anything that day, but my interest was completely captured, and I started saving up money for my future hobby.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
A few of my pages and commissions are framed and hanging on the walls. The majority of them are in storage boxes, and the convention sketches are in a number of sketchbooks.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Jack Kirby page from either Captain America or one of the Fourth World books
Steve Ditko page from a horror, mystery, or sci-fi story
Love and Rockets page by Gilbert Hernandez
Beautiful Dreamer sketchbook drawing by Steve Rude
Captain America page by Sal Buscema
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