1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 49 year old Senior Vice President at Bank of America. First generation Italian-American with much family still in Italy. I graduated from college with a double major in Business and Economics and earned my CPA in 1996. I've had quite a few financial industry jobs ranging from public accounting and taxation to my current position at the forefront of Corporate Governance and Fed Compliance (yep, all that you see in the news I'm hip deep in). I have too many hobbies - avid work out nut, sports car enthusiast, inveterate model builder and painter. But, as you can well imagine comic art collecting is one of the biggies. For the last 10+ years I've been working for Arthur Adams as his dealer and am the chief architect and floor sweeper for the series of sketchbooks I've produced for him (as well as for some other notable artists in my spare time). In addition, I've been the floor manager for the Naked Fat Rave group at Comic-Con for the last 6-7 years.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I'm going to be the odd man out for once in these exposes and tell you that my favorite piece is all my collection. I love artwork for what it is in and of itself. Each artist brings his or her own personality and creativity to each drawing or painting and I can dig that. There is no one perfect or best ever otherwise most artists would have quit drawing a long time ago. I'm not going to expend my energy focusing in on a given target to bring some memory of joy over a particular moment and really miss the majesty of the artwork itself. Are there pieces that mean more to me than others - sure. Those are of the artwork that I've had a really memorable/funny experience in gaining or, more importantly, are connected to a friendship. As time has marched on, the artwork has less meaning to me than the friends I've made and the connection to them that the artwork provides.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting Artwork since about 1980. I got started as a logical extension to my comic book collecting and due to me hanging with the wrong people. I still remember the days when $150 covers were considered very expensive. I was also involved in a comic art discussion forum via snail mail that eventually evolved into Comicart-L that really got me fired up in collecting (arguably in more ways than one).
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Being persnickety most all my collection is in Mylar sleeves or Itoya folders within art portfolios neatly tucked away. I have a few pieces on the wall but would rather pull stuff out from time to time to enjoy it.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Only five? You're killing me. Since this is only fantasy...
1) Frank Frazetta Epic #1 Cover - Seven Romans. The glory of this piece and the pride of my heritage is all there.
2) Dave Stevens Airboy #5 Cover - The real Valkyrie at her finest.
3) Dave Stevens Jonny Quest #5 - Jezebelle Jade is just yummy; I've seen this in person and she is even yummier.
4) John Buscema Conan #100 - Buscema is unarguably one of the finest draftsman in the industry and this piece has it all for me.
5) Brian Bolland Wonder Woman #72 - one of many of Brian's finest works.
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