1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm from Toronto, Canada, where I own a branding and creative services agency. I started reading, buying, and collecting comics in the early sixties, and I rediscovered collecting about four years ago.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My current favourite is a page from Howard the Duck #9 by Gene Colan and Steve Leialoha. Gene, Steve L, and Steve Gerber were at their peak with Howard the Duck, and issue #9 has a special place in my heart because it was set in Ontario, Canada. I love the off-kilter panel structure, and the way Gene draws your eye through the page. The movement from panel to panel in the bottom half of the page is remarkable.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting original art for approximately two years. When I got back into comic collecting, I started to put together high grade runs of silver age Marvel titles – my favourite books from my childhood. But plastic-encased comics quickly lost their appeal. I bought my first original art pages on a whim, but I was immediately hooked. Holding a piece of original art by someone like Jack Kirby or Gene Colan, I feel a connection to them, and to the time and place the art was created.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my collection is at work, where it's matted and framed and hung on the walls of my office. The rest is in a portfolio.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The top five most wanted pages are all from Howard the Duck #9. I'd like to put the book back together, which is proving to be a daunting, if not impossible, task. I'm also keeping my eye out for other Howard the Duck pages by Gene Colan, especially those inked by Steve Leialoha. Finally, I'd like to own a page from one of the original post-war Spirit sections by Will Eisner.
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