1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a self professed comic geek; I grew up on X-Men and despite life occasionally getting throwing roadblocks, I always found my way back to comics. I have collected other books along the way, but X-Men was the one that stood the test of time. I had a health scare a couple of years ago and surgery kept me inside for a couple of weeks and something clicked. I went through my old comics and just fell in love again. I started going to local conventions in New Jersey and meeting artists and friends; now I travel all over the East Coast. This little industry has brought such happiness to me between the people I was fortunate and lucky enough to meet and the art that I have been exposed to. One of the comic shops I went to introduced me to DC Comics last summer and now I read a ridiculous amount of books.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's hard to choose a favorite because each piece has a story associated with it. If I had to choose one it would be the Adriana Melo Huntress piece. It reflects on the artist's strength and really catches the essence of the character. It was like Adriana Melo could read my mind on how I picture Huntress looking. That might be the first time I really felt that kind of connection with an artist.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting art two years ago. I met Lee Weeks at a convention and he sold me a beautiful Rogue and Gambit page from the Gambit Limited Series. It was the perfect page- emotional, beautiful artistically, and just summed up two of my favorite characters at the time. I liked the simplicity of original art. Seeing pencils especially because it can be a radically changed interpretation. When you see a final page, which artist do you see? The inker, the colorist, the penciller? But with original art, you see just one person's work.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
A few of the pieces rotate being framed around my home. The others are in either a sketchbook or art portfolio and eagerly shown to everyone that visits.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My top five pages would be the cover of Birds of Prey #86 by Adriana Melo (pencils please), the No Man's Land page where Joker is pointing the gun at Huntress, the page in Birds of Prey when Huntress finds out Babs manipulated her and she's trying to get off the plane (Birds of Prey #80 page 23), the Butch Guice page with Dinah and Barbara (Birds of Prey #21 page 20), and any of the first appearances of Huntress joining Birds of Prey.
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