1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 33, up until recently I worked in retail admin but gave it away to pursue some more creative avenues. I live in New Zealand, which makes the whole art collecting thing a bit of an undertaking- it's always a nervous wait for items to make their way over from the USA or wherever (usually 10 - 14 days). I've only had two things go missing in transit in almost five years of collecting though, which is pretty good I think. My other interests are guitar (classical and metal), book binding, carving, and picture framing.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
This is actually a harder question than I thought it would be. I have to go with the Firestorm sketch by Mike Allred. Actually getting a convention sketch from Mike is an achievement in itself by all accounts. I love that his style is imprinted so heavily on the sketch, both in the actual line work, and the rather unusual pose. The whole thing just has a real character to it. Plus Mike and Laura Allred were excellent to chat with during the con, so it holds a bit of extra meaning for me.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Phil Jimenez and Geoff Johns came over for a con in early 2006 on the back of Infinite Crisis. It was the first time I'd seen a pro comic artist at a con, and watching Phil draw floored me. I got my first Firestorm sketch off him and it went straight on to my wall (it's still there). Before that it had never even occurred to me that comic art was something I could even buy much less afford. Not long after that I discovered eBay and various art dealers, and have been really lucky with some awesome artists making the long journey over here for cons.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have 25 framed pieces around the house at any one time (13 pages, 12 smaller items such as sketches). I tend to swap them out every few months with art I haven't hung before- I hate the idea of art sitting in a folder never being seen. Everything else is stored in folios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
- Anything from The Brave & The Bold #178 (Jim Aparo interiors). It was my first Batman comic, bought for me when I was four years-old.
- A Ron Lim commission featuring Galactus and all his heralds
- A page with a decent team and/or Paratwa shot from the old Gemini Blood series by Tommy Lee Edwards
- Guyver page by Yoshiki Takaya. I'm not big on manga, but I've always liked the Guyver design.
- Firestorm & Firehawk commission by Rafael Kayanan. In my book he's the definitive Firestorm artist. His style has developed so far from his 80s work, I would love to see what he'd do with the characters now.
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