1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 27 and currently a grad student working towards an economics PhD (with plans to teach after I graduate). When I first started, I was planning to study auctions (courtesy of years spent scavenging for movies, video games, and comics on eBay); but now I'm working on something related to college admissions (so something slightly more important). I've also been living in Chicago for nearly 10 years now and absolutely love it here (yes, that includes the Chicago winters).
Growing up, I was familiar with comic book characters from all the various movies, animated series, and video games (Batman and X-Men, especially); but it wasn't until I was 12 that I read my first comic book (purchased by my dad at a highway rest stop). I collected comics for a few years after that but then lost interest for a while. It wasn't until 2004 that I got back into comics, and I've been a pretty regular reader ever since.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Hands down, the cover to Uncanny X-Men #335 by Joe Madureira and Tim Townsend. I loved Joe and Tim's work on X-Men when I first started reading comics, so being able to own a cover by them was like a dream come true; and it doesn't hurt that it's also a nice team shot that features Apocalypse looming in the background. On top of that, this was my first piece of comic artwork, so there's a ton of sentimental value in this piece.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I first found out about comic artwork in 2005 when I came across the Mothcomix website and the piles of Mike Wieringo Fantastic Four pages that were available for sale; but as a college student, I didn't really have the budget to splurge on any artwork (even at $50 a page). Fast forward to the summer of 2006, I was digging around ebay and found the cover to Uncanny X-Men #335 for sale. I almost didn't buy the cover (spending over $1,000 on anything was unimaginable at the time), but when I finally got the artwork in hand, I was amazed by the linework as well as by the realization that I now owned an actual piece of artwork that Joe and Tim worked on. From there, the collecting itch kicked in and hasn't let go.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few of my favorite pieces framed (with acid free mattes, UV glass, and all that good stuff) and hanging on the walls in my living room and bedroom. The rest of my collection is stored in mylar sleeves and kept flat in a pile off to the side. There are a few more pieces I'd like to have framed, but it often comes down to framing an old piece of art or buying a new piece, and you can guess which side wins out.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I have a couple pieces listed in my want list, but things would obviously be a bit different if money were no object, so let's go with that (in no particular order):
- X-Men #3 cover by Jim Lee
- Uncanny X-Men #136 cover by John Byrne (or a nice page from the (Dark) Phoenix Saga)
- a J. Scott Campbell Danger Girl team cover (or a nice splash/interior page)
- Fables #50 (or #81) cover by James Jean
- a Joe Madureira commission
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