1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm an early 30s web programmer for a company called Instron that makes machines to break things. I live near Boston and in my spare time doodle. I have even done work for the film American Splendor.
I was a comic fan from the 80s into the 90s' Image boom, and then fell out when the stories and art went downhill. I jumped over to Disney Duck comics, Groo, etc., which were consistently awesome.
Generally I'm a fan of that pre-Image era; Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, etc. at Marvel - but I also love old school guys like Winsor McCay and John R Neill, Barry Windsor-Smith is filthy, and even recent guys like Seth Fisher blow my mind.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
How can people pick one?? Hmmmm....
My Amazing Spider-Man #300 page by McFarlane is my one true grail – but this is largely for sentimental reasons.
My Batman & Robin by Tim Burton is pretty high up the list - probably the only thing I own anyone outside of this hobby could appreciate and something I can't imagine ever being able to replace.
I'd also have to list my Punisher #10 cover by Whilce Portacio and X-Force #1 pg5 by Rob Liefeld. These 4 pieces are all pretty neck and neck for my fave, and would be the last pieces I'd ever part with.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
My interest in comic art is a mix of nostalgia and education - clearly I like the warm and fuzzies of my childhood, but from an artistic perspective there is a lot of education to be found in looking at original art. I find that whatever is on my walls always finds its way into my art.
I bought my first piece of comic art around 1997-1998 from Todd McFarlane’s brother-in-law Kim at The Spider’s Web, an Incredible Hulk panel page from issue #342 for about $200. I was still in college at the time and that was a fortune, so my collection didn’t grow again until I graduated. The seed money that started it was from my grandmother, so I always feel like she was involved in getting the ball rolling.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Taped to the fridge, stapled to the walls, and hung in the bathroom with thumbtacks like everyone else.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. X-Factor #69 Pages 2-3 by Whilce Portacio - My favorite piece of art by Whilce, I even bought whilce.com to advertise for it!
2. Winsor McCay Editorial Cartoon - McCay was prolific so I've been searching for the right example
3. Barry Windsor-Smith 1980s Marvel art – A panel page with The Thing would be beyond cool
4. Sergio Aragones - Groo DPS
5. I'd love to get Todd McFarlane to ink a drawing of mine.
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