1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 36 year old French collector, live near Paris, and am married to a lovely woman who is a bit of an artist herself; even if she wonders why I look so stupid each time I get a new original page. I first wanted to be a fighter pilot but being lazy and a bit color blind, I decided to switch to finance. I work as a CFO in a Dutch IT company. Before that I worked for an American petroleum company which sent me to live in such exotic countries as Egypt, Angola, Singapore, the Ivory Coast, Russia, and the United States for five years. During my free time, I enjoy riding my mountain bike in mud and I'm still a "things that fly" enthusiast. And of course, being French, drinking wine is in my DNA.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece in my gallery if my Frank Cho X-Men: Schism cover because it's epic (and huge, size matters!). (editor’s note: The picture featured is the cover to Jungle Girl #1; switched out due to space concerns.) Cho's take on the "good girl" art made me realized that there was something in comics beside superheroes fighting super-villains for ages. I'd add that Frank and his agent Steve Morger became good friend of mine a couple of years ago, and to me, any hobby should be linked to friendship.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started reading American comics when I was 24 back in 2000 (I was late, I know) by reading the Top Cow, Wildstorm, and Image stuff. I was more into the European comics before that (bande dessinée). Then I discovered it was possible to buy original pages instead of very expensive variant covers (the one that glow in the dark, the one with the blue background, the one with the almost naked woman, the one with...) thanks to Frederic Mazano from the Deesse comic shop in Paris.
My first page was a Dave Finch Ascension one. I then purchased a lot (and I do mean a lot) of pages at that time, mainly based on what I was reading (Mark Bagley Ultimate Spider-Man, Ed McGuinness Superman, Carlos Pacheco Fantastic Four, David Finch Ascension). I was really hooked; I had to get something new every week! I stopped collecting around 2004 but a couple of years later, I saw a Finch piece on internet and it was time for me to get back on track.
I would say that my tastes matured with time...When I started collecting, I had no clue about pre-2000 artists. I now read much more vintage (vintage is pre-90s for me) comics and I'm much more interested in the scenario part of the process. By meeting artists and other people involved in the hobby, I realized that my comic book knowledge was not far away from zero! So I'm doing my best to improve.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my collection is in portfolios that I enjoy opening at least once a day. My beloved pieces are framed (the Cho Schism cover, my new Travis Charest Spacegirl, and a Stephen Platt Vampi cover).
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Top 5 most wanted pages... It's really difficult to make a choice, there are so many artists I'd like to add to my collection.
Number 1, a nice Dave Stevens Bettie Page sample, inked and anything from Dave Stevens
Then, in no specific order:
-a Walt Simonson Thor cover (Thor #350 would make me happy)
-a John Byrne fight page from Uncanny X-Men #133
-a Neal Adams page from his Avengers run (a #94 page with the Fantastic Four would be great!)
-a Mark Schultz Xenozoic Tales cover
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