1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 41 years old, live in London, have a fiancee and a three year old daughter, an impossibly large mortgage, oh, and a nickname… freak accident boy. I trained as an engineer and my PhD is in biomedical engineering, but after being made redundant about six years ago I re-trained myself in several software packages and now I work as a visual effects technical director in film. I'm currently producing CG effects for Dark Knight Rises and have previously worked on a couple of Potters, Captain America... well you get the picture. Most fun I've ever had earning a living.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
There are two real favourites in my gallery. First there is my Brian Bolland Secret Origins Cover, which was really a lucky purchase. Brian has always been my favourite artist, ever since I was exposed to his Dark Judges storyline in 2000AD. His linework is phenomenal and I was despairing of ever getting an example until, as fortune smiled on me, Joe Pruett (Brian's agent at the time) was travelling back through London with a stack of Brian's art. John Bamber, Joseph Melchior (and I believe Simon Miller) and I met Joe in a pub in Soho and got to leaf through all the art. The other guys were generous enough to let me buy this piece without any arguments. We did all get questioned by a policeman later though as we gathered around the boot (trunk) of Joe's car to look at the double page spreads that were too big to carry around. I think he assumed we were up to something nefarious.
My other favourite piece is the Art Adams Marvel Holiday Special #1 cover. It was a 40th birthday present from my fiancee, freed up from the collection of gentleman Jim Reid, wheels oiled by John Bamber. Jim even re-arranged his business trip to the UK so he could deliver it in time for my birthday. So, it's by another favourite artist, arranged and paid for by the favourite people in my life, and has Santa being chased by some of the most prominent Marvel characters (Xmas is my favourite time of year). Nuff said.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first piece of original art at one of the old UK cons in about 1991, a Hellblazer splash straight from the artist. I didn't really buy anything else until about 2000 after that, but have loved comics since I was a child. I think a lot of my motivation for buying original art was the unique nature of the pieces and the fact that looking at how they were put together made me want to try drawing something similar. Also, a lot of it is all John Bamber's fault. He's a bad, bad person and keeps encouraging me to spend money.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Currently all my art is in Itoya portfolios since I have to compete for wall space with my fiancee who has a degree in fine art and produces her own work. She understands and supports my collecting (even encourages it) but somehow my pieces don't fit with her sense of interior design... ho hum.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
So I've gotta trim my list of pieces down to five huh? Let's see:
1. Brian Bolland cover to the Titan Books collected Dredd # 1 (Dredd vs Death).
Undoubtedly my vourite Bolland Dredd piece.
2. A Bob Layton Iron Man cover. I read this religiously in the late 80s.
3. A John Buscema Marvel cover. For me John was all things Marvel.
4. A Brian Bolland Marvelman commission (never gonna happen right?)
5. Marvelman pages, particularly Alan Davis.
Of course there are many others, particularly work from the mid to late 80s when I had a huge standing order of comics. That is probably my nostalgia period. Oh and all those fantasy pieces that are so far out of reach (Wrightson Frankenstein plate, Frazetta black and white sci-fi cover etc).
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