1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I make my living in marketing. It’s a great business if you try not to take it or yourself too seriously. I have two awesome kids, a kind and patient wife, and a 120 pound Bullmastiff who sounds like Chewbacca on a bender. She is a gentle giant whose drool is bigger than her bite, but looks like she’d liberate one of your arms, nonetheless. I am a member of the CFA-APA and enjoy writing about the art that I collect. These days, that's mostly paintings. But I have varied tastes. Nostalgia plays such a huge role in this hobby for me. The paintings that I am most fond of are by Phil Hale, John J Muth, Kent Williams, and Jeffrey Jones. I also collect art from Robert E. Howard covers and stories, and Horror/Monster themed splashes and covers.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My gallery changes every few months. I am all about gallery rotation. I like to keep it small and thematic at any given time. There are a few reasons for this. One being that too many people know where I live (see: 120 pound Bullmastiff who looks like she’ll liberate an arm.)
In the current gallery however, which showcases some of my favorite paintings, my grail piece would be my Jones “Haunted” Psycho cover. It’s always been a favorite of mine and I was fortunate enough to purchase it from a friend and long time collector a few years ago. That’s not to take anything away from my Hale Batman cover. It’s almost 6 feet tall. I love how the Joker’s eyes look like two ripe grapes propelling out of his skull.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Like most, I came from comics. I’ve bought them all my life, but in the early 80s I started seriously collecting, buying up Silver and GA books in the best condition I could find them. Around 1998 or so I got tired of the nuances of the CGC and decided I’d rather flip it all and put art on my walls than head to the safety deposit box to look at my books and wonder why something that looked dead mint to my experienced eye, was suddenly only a VF according to the newly formed CGC. They basically of took the fun out of it for me. I figured if I am going to pay ridiculous amounts of money for something, let it be a one of a kind something that I can enjoy every day. So, over the course of the last 12 years or so, I’ve flipped 90% of it for art from the artists I’ve admired the most. I did well enough to not miss them, and never looked back.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My office has about 10 Bronze Age Horror covers, a few Kirby/Ayers pre hero splashes, and a guilty pleasure-a "Not Brand Echh" cover, framed on the walls. The paintings are all over the house (see: patient and kind wife.) Most of the remaining art is in Itoyas.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Well none of this is ever going to happen, but in no particular order:
A Barry Smith page from "Red Nails" or "The Frost Giant’s Daughter."
"Sleep" and "The Wall" by Jeffrey Jones.
A Johnny Craig Drusilla splash.
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