1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm an aspiring sculptor of comic art statues, making ends meet, and feeding my comic art addiction, as a legal drug dealer (pharmacy technician).
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Without a shadow of a doubt my favorite piece in my collection, and that I could even envision owning, has to be my Bernie Wrightson wraparound cover to The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky Marvel Graphic Novel #22. As to why, you'll just have to read my description on the piece.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
For me, it all began with my paper route as a child. I funneled virtually all of the funds garnered from that into collecting comics. I was mainly a Marvel man, exceptions being Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I started out with Amazing Spider-Man #277, which led to all the Spidey books. After the Spider-Man vs. Wolverine one-shot I started picking up Uncanny X-Men, which led to all the other X-Books, add in the multitude of crossover annual story lines and I was Marvel's marketing department's dream collector, easily collecting 50 plus Marvel books by the time I stopped collecting at 15 due to tearing my right knee anterior cruciate ligament, and thus losing my paper route, the source of the funds feeding my addiction.
Fast forward 15 years, July of 2004, I was seeking out a complete set (at the time) of Strangers in Paradise, after finally succumbing to two well respected friend's repeated recommendation to start reading Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise series, and came across my John Byrne Kitty Pryde conceptual art on eBay! Long live eBay! It had somehow never occurred to me that I could own the original art used to publish the comic books I love(d) so much. And so, a new addiction was born.
Ever since my comic art collecting has eaten up all of my disposable, umm and not so disposable, income. I love it. I prefer covers, splash pages, and pin-ups from the books I read as a child, but CAF has given me an appreciation for a number of today's, and yesteryear's, finest illustrators whom I'll likely add to my collection as soon as possible! I prefer to get just a few nice examples of my favorite artists depicting their signature characters, rather than tons of examples of any one artist's work.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have about a half-dozen of my pieces framed and on display and the rest in mylars and a portfolio. I try to only buy pieces that I can imagine myself framing and displaying, and am slowly but surely getting my collection framed so I can enjoy them on a daily basis.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Three of my top five most wanted pieces would probably be Charles Vess Spider-Man pieces; I'd like at least one example each of his pencils, inks, and paints of the character. Other than that, a vintage Jim Lee X-Men piece, and or Art Adams, would do nicely. No real specific pieces come to mind, I'm more of a "I'll know it when I see it" sort of collector.
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