1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Sunnyvale, California, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and have been living out here for 28 years. I am a graphic designer but for the last 8 years have been working as an engineer on OS X at Apple. Yes that makes be a double geek (a badge I wear proudly), mac and comic art. It is amazing how many artists use macs and after I tell them I work for Apple they always remember me when next we meet. Working at Apple has influenced some of my collecting as I like to get computer and iPod related artwork. In addition one of my themes for convention drawings and commissions is having the subject using an iPod. Most artists really get a kick out of drawing ipods since most own at least one.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Its always hard to pick a favorite piece which I own. There are so many to choose from and it can change from time to time. Right now the favorite piece in my collection is by John Buscema (my favorite artist) its the splash from Silver Surfer #10 (vol 1) featuring Shalla-Bal. I loved the Silver Surfer when I was growing up and while I would like to own a cover or a splash featuring the Surfer from the original series. I think those will be out of my price range. I currently own the only two splashes from the first series that don't feature the SS. I acquired the splash from issue #10 after had won the splash from issue #11 from a fellow collector. When I went to pick it up I saw the previous splash on his wall and asked if he ever decided to part with it let me know. Some time later he contacted me and I was able to acquire it and I am thrilled to own it.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting for about 20 years but my collection remained small until I started on ebay in '98 and joining the comicart-l mailing list shortly after Bruce Lowry passed away. My father of all people got me started collecting comic art when he bought me a page from Hulk Annual #7 featuring Iceman and Angel with the Hulk. Unfortunately, I no longer own the page, one of the few pages I regret letting go of. Everyone knows me as the Jean Grey collector since she was a character I liked when I was reading comics growing up. A number of years back I started to slowly decrease the number of comics I collect to now I rarely pick up new comics. Though my comic art collecting has increased and I have started to broaden my collection including a number of strip and golden age art. In past years I have put on a panel at Wonder Con and San Diego Con for "Collecting Comic Art" which has featured many collectors and a few artists. It was well received and it did get a few more people interested in the hobby (which was my intention), but the panel has been hiatus for the past year or so. I hope to bring it back to San Diego soon.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have about 20 pieces framed and hanging in at home with a few in my cube at Apple. I frame most of my artwork have the frame shop cut mattes, glass (UV) and frames to size but I then frame the art. It saves money and I rarely trust anyone with my collection. For the rest of the artwork I store them in portfolios have over 30 currently. Most are in a bookshelf but many of the larger portfolios and some large unframed pieces reside in my metal blueprint drawer. A must for anyone who has oversize art.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
• X-Men #57 Jean Grey 5 page backup story by Werner Roth and Sam Grainger
• Silver Surfer #1 any page! by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott
• Fantastic Four #286 Cover by John Byrne and Terry Austin
• Daredevil #47 fight sequence by Gene Colan and George Kein
• 1993 Capitol City Open House - Wedding Scott & Jean Poster by Joe Madureira and Matt Ryan
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