1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm an independent land acquisition consultant for the production of oil and natural gas. I'm not quite 40 years old but I'm getting there. Married to my soul mate and couldn't ask for anything more.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Favorites change of course but right now I'd have to say that my favorite would be the Vampirella Second Coming Countdown cover by Jenny Frison. I own the original painted moon background also. Jenny hasn't done much comic work yet but her pencils are some of the best I've seen in years.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting for about four years now. I still collect comics and my primary focus has been Golden Age good girl comics and Bronze Age magazines. I'm not a fan of Silver age or Bronze Age standard size comics. The Bronze Age magazines usually carried more mature subject matter. Because I grew up primarily reading these, I've always loved the pencil and ink art from them as they are generally not colored. I had never considered collecting art before until I started browsing the artist alley at a convention. I decided to stick to one character for convention sketches as I like to see the different representations from the many different artists. Early on I went "sketch crazy" and was spending too much on to many different artists. Now I try to practice "quality over quantity" of which I've also tried to instill in my daughter when she gets sketches. This has worked out in fever pieces but definitely much nicer ones. I've also learned over the past few years that some artists "get" Vampirella and many don't. In the Warren magazine days Vampirella was very much a romantic character who happened to battle the forces of evil. It's always obvious when an artist understands that. I consider my collection meager compared to many others and can only hope to have some of the pieces that others do.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few items framed. I do not frame original pencil and ink pieces as no matter what you do to them they can fade. If there is one that I wanted framed then I make a color copy of it. No one can tell the difference anyway. The rest are stored in Itoya portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I've been on Adam Hughes' list many times, but who hasn't? Haven't been that lucky pick yet.
Sanjulian has eluded me so far as well. I haven't yet been able to attend a convention that he is at. Getting a piece from him would complete the trifecta of classic Vampirella artists as I already have pieces from Enric and Jose Gonzalez.
Some day if I can keep Gene Park from buying it (I kid because I know Gene) I'd like to have a nice published Jose Gonzalez Vampirella.
There's a few specific vintage Boris Vallejo paintings that I'm always keeping my eyes out for.
Easily 6 figures, if it even exists still, but I'd love to own the Matt Baker cover to Phantom Lady #16. Yes I said #16, and not #17.
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