1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 46 and have been a comics fan since I was seven. I haven't always read comics since then but I've never lost my love for them. I am a Navy veteran and was a plumber for 21 years. I am now semi-retired and living in West Chester, PA with my wife Molly and son Trevor.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Wow. All my pieces are special to me, even the amateur ones. However I have to say The Batman by Paul Smith, without a doubt! (thanks to Gerry Turnbull). I've greatly admired Paul's art from the moment I read Marvel Fanfare #1. When I read issue #4, that admiration grew! To me, his work is perfect. In addition, Batman is one of my Top three heroes, Superman and Captain America being the other two, as anyone who has seen my collection can tell you. A close second would be the Superman team up with my hero Doc Saturn by James Hanson.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first piece of art, Superman by Paul Ryan, at a convention back in 1991 or 1992 - before he started on Superman, anyway. Paul is a fine artist and a great guy to chat with. That was such a cool experience! I am always thrilled when able to talk directly to with the artist about the art.
I collect because I love comics, art, the noble ideal inherent in the heroes, and I want to have something to represent that. A souvenir if you will. I especially enjoy the commissions where the pencil lines are still visible. I like to see the foundation and under-drawing! I love pouring through CAF and seeing everyone's collections, with so many new artists everyday: Daniel Acuna, Frazer Irving, Esad Ribic, Pascal Ferry...
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have the art professionally matted and framed and hung on the wall of my basement "man cave/media room." My framer loves it! He usually works with "regular" art and it really tickles him when I bring in mine. I make sure to count them when I go pick them up!
None of my friends or family is into comics, so when they see mine displayed the reactions are priceless! Most have no idea anything like this exists! I also enjoy the conversations my son and I have about each piece.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Wow, what a question. Only five, huh? My main focus is on commissions. However there are some pages of comic art I like. In fact, my "Grail Piece" would be the cover to Action Comics Weekly #608, Green Lantern by Paul Smith! A perfect example of Paul's ability to show grace and power. It's the most striking piece I've ever seen!
Next on my list would be a commission of Superman from Paul Smith to go with my Batman!
Following closely (in no particular order): Batman by Travis Charest, Superman by JG Jones, Captain America by Jim Lee, and Wonder Woman by Adam Hughes.
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