1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Professor of Modern History at the University of Oslo, Norway. I live just outside of Oslo together with my wife and kid and our Basset Hound.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
That depends on which day you ask me. I think I would go for either my Brian Bolland Killing Joke page or my Hugo Pratt Corto Maltese Angel in the Eastern Window page. Let´s say it´s the Killing Joke page today. There are several reasons why these are my gallery favorites, but Batman´s expression in panel eight takes some beating (as does Corto Maltese´s expression in panel three in that page...).
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I got my first comic original piece in 1984. But I have been collecting comic art more systematically (some might say rabidly) since 1996. The Berlin-based gallery owner and dealer (and my good friend) Carsten Laqua tempted me into buying a Carl Barks original page, and then the damage was done.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have had around 70 pages framed, and most of them are hanging on the walls around in our house. We have a big house, and my wife is pretty tolerant in this regard. The rest I have stored in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. A page from Carl Barks´ Back to the Klondike story. There are only four of these in existence now, so this is rather difficult.
2. Some specific pages from Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell´s From Hell.
3. Some specific Classics Illustrated painted covers.
4. Another Frank Miller Daredevil/Elektra page or two.
5. Some specific pages from Stan Drake´s Kelly Green albums. These albums were published in the 1980s by Dargaud. The fifth one was unfortunately never published in the US.
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