1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Let's see, I live with my girlfriend in Chicago proper. I spend quite a bit of my time working two jobs, one of them primarily so that I can afford this hobby. The rest of my time is divided up between comic books (yes, I still love them), movies, video games and concerts. I'm always happy to return emails and answer questions about comic art with other friends and acquaintances. Sometimes the hobby can be a "good ol' boys club" and I would like people to know that they can be helped without having 10 covers and a million dollars to spend. I'm always willing to keep an eye out for art that someone may be looking for. Mostly for people I haven't even met in person yet!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's usually something that I just acquired. I haven't learned to be content; I'm always looking for the next thing. Comic art and crack are very similar. I'm in love with this Jae Lee Dark X-Men cover. I can stare at this sucker for hours. It's probably the only page in my collection that I would consider fine art and goes beyond any other piece that I own. My girlfriend bought this for me and it will always remind me of her - that certainly doesn't hurt.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I had a few Preacher pages that I picked up years before but the ball didn't truly start rolling until 2007. My friend Patrick Brower (owner of The Rogues Gallery in Chicago) and I went to a con in Philly and met Michael Avon Oeming. Michael sold me a wonderful Thor page and I was done. After years and years of going to comic shows I never realized how fun and easy it was to obtain comic art. I ran off that day and got two sketches and one more page, I was hooked. It truly is a natural progression with most collectors. The only thing left after collecting comic art would be to create your own book or kidnap Walt Simonson.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I live in a garden apartment with a long hallway with no direct sunlight whatsoever. Target has these wonderful $15.00 11x17 and 10x13 plain black frames which now line this hallway. I have about 30 pages on display like this. The rest are kept in an itoya folder in my living room. I leave it out like a coffee table book for people to look at. I'm proud to have my own little comic art museum.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I try to get one nice piece from every artist I enjoy, whether it's for nostalgia sake or just an artist that I fully enjoy. I also collect pages with Machine Man, Man-Thing, MODOK, or any other odd marvel character that begins with M, but mostly Machine Man.
1) A Ron Wilson page form Marvel Two-in-One #93. Hopefully the one where Machine Man and Jocasta kiss right before she buys it.
2) A John Buscema Avengers page from #288-290 with Machine Man. Never seen one yet but I keep hoping. It would be nice to see Buscema and Palmer's take on my favorite character.
3) A nice Rick Leonardi Cloak & Dagger or New Mutants page. Don't care which. Leonardi is an unsung hero and both of those books hold a soft spot in my heart.
4) Walt Simonson X-Factor page but anything cool would do. Can't be too picky here. I know that there are some awesome pages out there, I've seen them.
5) Ron Frenz Amazing Spider-Man page. This was the first book that got me into comics and what great villains they had at this time. The Rose, Puma, Slyde, and Hobgoblin. Well, maybe not great, but weird. Weird is good. Talk about unsung heroes; Mr. Frenz should be mentioned in the same breath as Romita.
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