1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, comic art world, I am Kenneth, a sci-fi geek! I am a landscaper by trade and a Christian most of the time, a lot harder work then the landscaping.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite and featured piece is Marvel Battlestar Galactica #2 the whole issue. And the story behind the acquisition of it started last year. I sold a piece of my art on eBay I had been saving. After some time I really I missed it, so I started to look for more. I came across this website and got one piece from a dealer and then started talking to other collectors. The guy who purchased my art off of eBay (Andrew Allen) was the first to reply and said, "I see that you have the color guide to Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica #2 (which I got off of eBay in 2001) and would I like to know where I could get the whole issue of art, all seventeen pages of it!" Andrew is the premier Battlestar Galactica collector and did not buy it for himself. He offered the information up free of any kind of charge, a truly selfless act. Dealers have a love for the art and the artists but they can let go of the art for a profit and not be bothered by it. Collectors have a harder time letting it go.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting everything Battlestar Galactica back in the early 90s. I found my first piece of comic book art on eBay in 1997. It was an old Marvel Battlestar Galactica page from issue 10. Ten minutes after the mailman drop it off I was at the frame shop putting it behind glass. And when I got it back and hung it on the wall! I spent the whole day just looking at the art and the page out of the book both framed together. And I thought to myself, "This was printed in the hundreds of thousands and I have the original page.” And I was hooked from that day forward. My collection of Battlestar Galactica is long gone but the comic book art is still what I love the most.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have some of the art framed in the sci-fi room, or man cave. But space is at a premium since getting married. One room after another was being remodeled and the art migrated to just the one room.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Number one has to be the Marvel Battlestar Galactica #2 cover.
The second would be any page from Maximum Press Battlestar Galactica. It is the only publisher of Galactica that I have never owned a page from.
Third would be an original page from Marvel Blade Runner. "Snakes Alive! That is some expensive art!”
And while we are on the subject of expensive art, my fourth pick is Marvel Star Wars art, just one page please.
And my last pick would be a commission from Walt Simonson.
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