1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Systems Manager for CIIR, the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, a research group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I live in western Massachusetts with my wife and our three cats.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite page is Cerebus #107, page 7. I bought it at the Alternative Comics Expo in Manchester, VT in the summer of 1995. It was one of the earliest pages I ever bought. I started my first job out of college two weeks earlier. I hadn't put together a budget and wasn't sure I could afford it, but when I saw a table full of Cerebus art I knew I had to walk away with at least one page. Cerebus is my all-time favorite comic and I would argue it is the greatest achievement the medium has ever produced.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first piece of comic art nearly twenty years ago but have only been collecting seriously for the last two. I started because Ed Hannigan did a signing at a local comic book store and brought some pages to sell. They were very affordable and I bought several featuring my favorite characters. After that I would pick up a page whenever it was convenient. It wasn't until meeting a friend at figure drawing sessions and seeing his collection that I started collecting more seriously.
Collecting comics had gotten a little stale for me. With the Internet, searching for books I needed was no longer a treasure hunt. The one-of-a-kind dynamic of original art got me excited about collecting again. It can be frustrating when some of the nicest examples are far, far out of reach, but there are plenty of gems in my price range.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
About a dozen pages are in frames and the rest are in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I am fortunate in that I have no true grails. I like such a variety of art that I do not feel compelled to chase certain pages at any price. So while I don't have specific pages I'm looking for, the top five artists that I would like to get a page by are:
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