1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis, Indiana. I am married with two young kids and have been collecting comic art for about 15 years. I started out collecting comic books and gravitated towards collecting artwork of specific characters I enjoyed reading about. Now I have found myself more focused on specific artists and their styles, than the characters themselves. Although I am still partial to a good piece of art with hot comic girl featured, regardless of the artist.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I have loaded about 40 pieces onto my site so far, and have about 400 more additional piece to load up. Of the ones I have loaded up, there is a two pager of Cavewoman, by Budd Root which I think is fantastic; the colors jump out at you. Budd definitely knows how to draw the female form. Plus I love how he played with showing piece from two different perspectives.
I have some great X-Men pieces and a few Frazettas that I will be loading up in the coming months. More importantly, I have commissioned a couple of ideas by some great artist and am waiting for those to come back. One is a Mandy piece by Yeagle, another is an idea I had for a Spidey piece, and Starfire tribute of Norman Saunders, and then finally an Elektra piece. I specifically chose the artist I felt could capture the idea I had, and am anxious to see their version of my idea.
3. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My collection at home is kept in the various sizes of portfolio folders. I have 13 folders and they are nearly full, with around 40 pages in each. These are kept in my basement. I have a few framed around the house, but my wife limits the quantity and type I hang. When my kids get older, then hopefully they will be interested in the cels or the original art pieces.
4. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My strong interest is still in some of the earlier issues of Poison Elves by Drew Hayes, I'd kill for a page with Bone and Thorn from the Jeff Smith Bone series, Early George Perez art from the Teen Titans series, and I really love the Battle Chasers art by Joe Madureira. My favorite piece/dream piece would be the Frank Frazetta piece of the Egyptian Queen. That is my all time favorite.
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