1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm completing my Ph. D. in Biophysical Chemistry (hopefully in the next six months). I also write for Back Issue and Alter Ego magazines from TwoMorrows Publishing, and I have a trangressional fiction novel in the vein of Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, and Philip Roth with a literary agent right now (fingers crossed). Maybe I'll be able to call myself a writer soon. I am also a very proud member of the CFA-APA.
I'm married to a very wonderful, hard-working, and patient wife, but that probably goes without saying based on the previous paragraph.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
That's an easy question. The Garry Leach Miracleman pin-up that also served as the variant cover for the 2004 A1 Sketchbook. It was a gift from my wife the first Christmas we were married and she purchased it through Leach's friend (and fellow artist), Rufus Dayglo.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art when I graduated from college in 2004. I wanted to collect something more than just "back issues," I wanted something that was a little bit more of a challenge and something more unique. I scoured the original art section of eBay for months, trying to learn about prices, etc., but afraid to dip my toe in and try. After saving some money in graduate school, I bought my first piece, the pencil art for Tim Bradstreet's cover to Action Comics #775, one of my favorite modern day Superman stories ("What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?" by Joe Kelly). From there, I kept buying more pieces, staying with a relatively small budget, and the whole thing just steamrolled.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have twenty frames on a wall (thank goodness for high ceilings!) in one of our guest bedrooms that I use to display pieces, switching out pages every couple of weeks or when I buy or trade for something new. It makes for a fun place for friends to come over and hang out or an amusing place to read, write, and relax. What isn't framed goes in Itoya portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
This is a hard one. I don't typically set out to go after certain pages; I kind of let the wind toss me as I go. But if I had to choose, it would be:
1. The cover to Flash #0 by Mike Wieringo (favorite comic of all time)
2. Any art from Superman #75 (Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding)
3. Miracleman #15 p. 6 by John Totleben
4. The cover to New Mutants #98 by Rob Liefeld
5. The cover to Web of Spider-Man #118 by Steven Butler
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