1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My CAF name should give you a hint as to what I am and what I do.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I have several favorites based on artist/theme/commission/published/art media/etc..., so trying to compare one piece to another is like comparing "apples and oranges." But if I had to limit what I could save from a fire, flood, art hater, etc. I would say it would be between three pieces: the Zatanna pinup by Mark Brooks, the Zatanna #1 Cover by Ryan Sook, and the Sideshow Mary Jane piece by Adam Hughes.
The Zatanna Pinup is one of my three favorite pieces because:
1) It was done by Mark Brooks, a friend and one of my favorite artists. He's also an artist whose talent I've seen evolved over the years. Marvel needs to use him more.
2) The layout is unique in that the viewer seems to be looking at Zatanna from a balcony booth.
3) The piece became one of Mark's classic prints.
4) It was a gift to me from Mark. I won't sell this piece even if I quit collecting comic art.
The Zatanna #1 cover from 2005 is another favorite because:
1) The art for this book got me hooked on Zatanna.
2) It was done by another favorite artist and fan-friendly person, Ryan Sook.
3) It has a sexy female surrounded by rabbits all over the background.
The Sideshow Mary Jane piece by Adam Hughes is my other favorite because:
1) It was the first published piece that I got from Adam, someone whose art I've admired since I first saw his art back in Maze Agency.
2) It is MJ, my favorite supporting comic character.
3) I got it direct from Adam and his significant other Allison, both talented artists and good friends.
4) It became a famous controversial piece on the internet and news back in 2007. So if I left this in a disaster while saving the others, Adam, Allison, and every fan of Adam's would kill me.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been a comic book fan since grade school, but a comic art collector only since 2005. This surprises my friends since my attraction to comic books was always more for the art than for the story. The concept of owning an original piece of art was initially foreign to me. My views changed after I got my first piece of art, which was a commission from George Perez through an eBay auction from Hero Initiative (called ACTOR at the time). Once I saw the process of the art being created, I was mesmerized into collecting art. From commissions, I expanded to collecting preliminary art, published art, painted pieces, con sketches, etc... I also learned to appreciate artists whose art I didn't appreciate as a kid.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most are stored in Itoya portfolios and organized based on themes. I do have some of my favorites framed, but I have too many pieces of art to frame them all.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
There are too many pieces I can think of to limit to 5. Most likely, I would say if I limited my top wants to 5, they would be:
1) A commission or published piece that would probably cost me an "arm and a leg."
2) A commission or published piece that would probably cost me my house.
3) A commission or published piece that would probably cost me my next new car.
4) A commission or published piece that would probably cost me my retirement fund.
5) A commission or published piece from an artist given as a gift from an artist to me.
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