1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 27 years old and live in the Seattle area. I work for the Department of Defense working on Naval vessels and have been collecting comics for about 20 years now. My first comic was Uncanny X-Men #277 that I picked up at a garage sale in my neighborhood. I was blown away by the dynamic Jim Lee cover and after reading that issue was made a lifelong Gambit fan.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I have many amazing commissions and even a few incredible covers but my one favorite piece right now is my Age of X Gambit and Rogue that Clay Mann drew for me at Emerald City Comic Con this year. I stayed late on the last day to wait for him to finish drawing it after waiting all weekend. It turned out amazing. I have several published pieces but there is something really cool about getting a commission that was drawn special for you. It's even better if you get to hang out and watch it being drawn and talk to the artist.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art in 2005 when Chew writer John Layman made the suggestion that I should start a Gambit themed sketchbook. I talked to him at a lot of local shows when he was writing Gambit and he told me about his Cerebus sketchbook he used to have and it took off from there. My first pieces were actually a Batman and a Robin by Pete Woods but many pieces of Gambit and X-Men art were soon to follow. I met fellow CAFer and Gambit fan Brian Stryker by competing on Gambit art on eBay; he suggested I add my collection here and now I live on this site.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
This last year I have really gotten into custom matting my artwork. I have about two dozen pieces framed of my collection and several pieces for sale that I have framed and matted for practice. I think a great matte and frame can take a piece to the next level. Like most collectors the rest of my collection are sitting in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
To go along with my theme of Gambit art here are my top five in no order
- Jim Lee X-Men Cover featuring Gambit (Uncanny X-Men #267 or #277, X-Men #4 or #8)
- Andy Kubert X-Men Cover featuring Gambit (Uncanny X-Men #266, X-Men #24, #33 or #38)
- Chris Bachalo Gambit and Rogue Commission
- Olivier Coipel Gambit and Rogue Commission
- Joe Madureira Cover or Commission featuring Gambit
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