1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an Australian-based collector of comics (for about 35 years) and original comic art (for about 22 years) who lives in one of the most isolated capital cities in the world – Perth, Western Australia (Western Australia is 5 times the size of Texas!). I live about 5 minutes from the beach with my patient and lovely wife Lisa and, until recently my children, but my son Tristan (21) has moved out of home after graduating as a Mining Engineer and my daughter Isobel is studying Nursing across the other side of Australia. I shouldn’t forget our “furry kids” Jackson the goofball Border-Collie cross and the serious Patches, a Kelpie sheep-dog.
I work as a Maritime Security Inspector for the Australian Government’s equivalent to the USA’s TSA which we call the Office of Transport Security and I’m hoping to retire in a few years time to enjoy my collecting. I’m involved in the fan side of things as the Owner and Co-Moderator of the Adam Hughes Yahoo group (Hughes-Fans) which I’ve moderated for 10 years and which has a membership of over 7,600 members. I’m also a member of Comicart-L which I joined within 1 month of its inception. Lastly, I handle the original art sales for a number of Australian and other artists including Colin Wilson, Nicola Scott, Ardian Syaf and Ben Stenbeck. My comicartshop is located here.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
My answer to this question also answers the next question in large part because my favourite piece would have to be my very first original comic art purchase – the Marshall Rogers Daughters of the Dragon splash page from Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #32. I was living in Canberra at the time (circa 1989) and, during a week-end visit to nearby Sydney to check out the comic shops, I stumbled across the Daughters of the Dragon splash page by Marshall Rogers for sale at a comic shop called “The Land Beyond Beyond” (now sadly defunct). I was immediately smitten (I hadn’t realised one could buy the original artwork!) but due to the relatively high cost of the piece (AUS$150.00 – haha) I waited until I was back in Canberra before deciding to buy it and had it shipped back to me. It is a beautiful piece by Marshall and I always intended/wanted to tell him so in person but alas, when he sadly passed away in 2007, I realised it would never happen. My only other regret concerning my purchase of the Daughters of the Dragon splash is that I didn’t purchase the Paul Gulacy Sabre splash which was also for sale at the comic shop!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Since my purchase of the Marshall Rogers piece, I have slowly put together a decent collection on a limited budget featuring artwork by many of my favourite artists (thanks to their generosity), many of whom I’ve managed to develop good friendships with over the years including – Stuart Immonen, Ashley Wood, Adam Hughes, Howard Chaykin, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, JG Jones, Phil Jimenez, Ben Templesmith, Aron Wiesenfeld, Chris Stevens, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, and others whose friendship I treasure. I also treasure my long-distance friendships with my fellow collectors, many of whom I regard highly - my fading memory won’t allow a complete list but I will mention my near-twin Rich DeDominicis, Steve Morger, Jim Warden, Kelvin Mao, Simon Powell, John Higashi, Steven Ng, Bill Cox, Ray Cuthbert, Wally Harrington, Jim Reid, Dave Mandel, and others who have kindly helped me out over the years.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I’m afraid that, partly due to the high cost of framing, I only have a small number of pieces which have been framed. Most of my art collection is in folios and stored (but easily accessible) in a flat file or blueprints chest of drawers which is ideal for storing artwork. I wish I could afford to frame more pieces but I always consider that the money spent on framing could have been put to my next art purchase.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
i) Mike Mignola Hellboy page
ii) Mike Kaluta Carson of Venus (Korak and Tarzan issues) page
iii) Aron Wiesenfeld/Richard Bennet Deathblow/Wolverine page
iv) Barry Windsor-Smith Astonishing Tales Ka-Zar page
v) Russ Manning (Magnus, Tarzan) page
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