1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in New England. After high school I started a small side business selling comic books. Eventually sold off that business and used that money to move to Los Angeles and get into the "picture business". In a roundabout way, I ended up doing just that and I now work at IMAX. I've helped put the likes of Spider-Man and Batman up on the REALLY, REALLY big screen. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. :)
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
There are quite a few pieces in my collection that I really love, but my commission from Gene Colan featuring his take on Norman Rockwell's famous "Triple Self-Portrait" is the one piece I can't image ever being without. Not only is it a terrific piece of art, but in the last year or so I've gotten to know Gene and his wife Adrienne, and they're such dear people to me... that commission has a real special place in my heart.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art for about 6 years or so. I've had a couple of pieces prior to that, but the idea of collecting art never occurred to me until then. As is likely the case for most comic art collectors, I started out collecting comic books. Eventually I amassed a complete collection of Daredevil. My collecting really slowed down after that. One day several years later I was surfing eBay looking for odd Daredevil items and came across a page of art by John Romita Jr. I won that auction and that was all it took. I've been collecting art ever since. The first few years I primarily focused on acquiring pages which I remembered reading when I was younger. I've moved mostly into collecting commissions now. I found I really enjoy working with an artist and getting different ideas that I've had running around in my head down on paper. Since I can't draw myself, it's been a joy working with the many uber-talented comic artist out there that offer their talent up for hire.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my collection is stored in Itoya portfolios, but I do have several pieces framed and on my walls as well.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
In no particular order...
a Bernie Wrightson Daredevil commission
the final page to DD #227
DD #206 cover
DD #156 page 22
DD #156 page 27
The two pages from #156 would complete a wonderful five page fight by Gene and Klaus featuring DD battling himself in a dream sequence.
Daredevil #206 is the first comic book I ever read.
The final page to DD #227 is possibly my favorite single page of Daredevil ever.
What can I say about Bernie that people don't already now? To have a DD commission from him would be a dream come true. (I've even got an idea all ready for him. Bernie? You out there?)
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