1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 42, Scottish, and married to Fiona. We have a 16 month-old daughter called Jessica. I’ve been a nurse in the NHS for the past 24 years. Other than comics I enjoy movies and reading, my favorite authors are Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert E. Howard. I am currently following Fables and The Walking Dead. I’ve been reading comics since the Mighty World of Marvel and Avengers Weekly were first published by Marvel UK in 1972. Marvel and DC seem to have lost me these days though.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Dr. Strange and the Black Knight in the Sanctum Sanctorum by Paul Smith; it evokes all the mystery I remember from the Ditko stories, he’s a strange man in a strange house about to head off heaven knows where. Paul’s art is just so elegant, and really captures a mood of menace and mystery. Smitty was also a delight to deal with and made the whole process wonderful from start to finish.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
My first piece of art was a convention sketch of Batman by Alan Davis in Glasgow in 1982. It was a revelation to realize that you could meet the artists and they may even draw something for you. Over the years since I’ve picked up the odd bit here and there and really started collecting with a six page sequence from Jack Staff. Then I discovered eBay, saw an Avengers splash by Paul Smith and I knew it had to be mine. I’ve mainly concentrated on commissions, as most of the pages I’d like are in collections already, and with commissions, except for one bad experience, I've been very fortunate to get some wonderful art from my heroes like Smitty, Garry Leach, Joe Rubinstein, and Fred Hembeck! I’ve also been lucky to get some pieces from new artists like Chris Stevens, who is just a stunning talent, have a look at the superb pieces from him in my gallery. Most artists in my experience have been very friendly and really go all out to make you happy. The other part of this hobby I enjoy is all the friends I've made through CAF, and I'd like to thank Bill and everyone else who makes this website my favorite place on the internet.
4. A few years ago you gained some notoriety over a commission; what would you say is your best virtue?
My sense of humor, and as I found out from the extremely supportive collecting community, the notoriety lies elsewhere…
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Probably the usual suspects:
A Ditko Dr Strange page
A Neal Adams Tarzan cover from the Ballantine covers he did in the seventies
Kirby Fantastic Four
and a Gene Colan Dracula page.(and a Swanderson Superman and Robbins Invaders and…)
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