1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Strangely, I’m a commodities broker but went to school for Art & Art History. It was something I always loved as a child. For example, when Star Wars came out I had to draw the characters in the theater; I was five years old. After college I moved to the city where I took graduate classes at the Academy of Art. An old friend of my dad’s, Anthony Sinclair, an amazing artist out west, advised me "whatever I do, do not do art for a living. Do it for fun but make your money in commodities." Hah!
Since I’ve always loved pop culture, naturally I would love comics.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Which is my favorite piece from my gallery? Whew, that's a tough one. Not that I have kids but it would be like asking me who is my favorite child. They're all my favorites and most have very interesting stories behind them. If I had to choose? I think I might have to go with Joe Simon’s Captain America. I had the opportunity to go to the legend’s apartment in the city and actually saw the corner of the book under a pile of papers. I asked if it was available for purchase and indeed it was. Joe and his daughter were extremely nice and accommodating and it will always be one of my favorite comic related experiences. Close second and third would be the Joe Kubert and Gene Colan sketches.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I’ve been collecting comics on and off now for about 25 years. I've been collecting comic art for about three years. I had realized that even though I love comic books I’d much rather own a piece of art from the related artists.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Any comic art I might have is framed and hanging in my apartment. The books you see in my CAF are all CGC authenticated so displaying them is a bit of a problem. Most are stored in a climate controlled room. Some are floating around the apartment. This is the beauty of the CAF, I can see the whole collection all at once anytime I like.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Top five most wanted commissions. This too is tough because I’m nearing my sketch collecting goals. Maybe another John Romita Sr. or perhaps a John Byrne. I’d probably want a piece by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird. And two more goals that were recently met... Joe Sinnott and Jimmy Cheung. Stay tuned for those!
View Brian Massa's Gallery