1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 42 years old. I live in Italy after spending 13 years in London. I love comic books (I am a Marvel guy), tennis, and novels. I would also love to love movies but there is not enough time in a day!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My X-Men Steranko splash, I find it mesmerising, it really does take me to a different dimension. I love the way Steranko used the title splash to create a surreal scenario for the drama unfolding in the plot, so innovative, a great example of pop art in my view.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started in the late '90s. At that time I was thinking about starting to buy some contemporary fine art. Then one day I was at a London art fair, and of all a sudden, looking at some comic-like contemporary painting, I realized that I could focus on actual comic art, investing in something I loved and knew well. I started by going through Albert Moy's website. I opted for two pieces from the seminal Inhumans series by Jae Lee... and I was hooked right away.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most my best pieces are framed and hung in my study. Even though not every page is fit for framing, that is how comic art looks best. I love to linger on these pieces when I am at home. The rest is stored away in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I might as well aim high:
1) John Buscema's title splash to Silver Surfer #6. Perfection.
2) Jim Steranko's cover to X-Men #50. Timeless.
3) A page from Neal Adams' X-Men featuring Havok in his minimalist black costume and displaying his awesome power effect
4) A Phoenix piece from Byrne's run on X-Men
5) A Weapon X cover or splash by Barry Windsor Smith.
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