1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Russia (USSR back then), at the age of 14, just before the collapse of the Soviet Union we had an opportunity to leave the country for France and that's where I've lived ever since. I'm a bit of a comic artist myself and at this moment work on a comic book with a friend which will be a humorous story of a teenager who finds himself propelled into prehistoric times.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Well, if you visit my gallery, you'll see that it's almost entirely dedicated to Simon Bisley and my favorite piece by him would be the page 5 from Lobo's Back #2. There is so much graphic humor there and over the top violence I just burst out laughing when reading the book, it had a kind of cathartic effect on me. I believe this is what art is all be about, playing with people's emotions, and Bisley does this wonderfully. When I look at his art, it's like listening to music, incredible talent.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art for ten years. I had always been interested in fine arts (my father and my grandfather were both painters) and graphic arts, especially satirical drawings that appeared in Soviet magazines such as "Krokodil." I discovered "Franco-Belgian" comics when we came to France, and then American super hero comics that are very popular here as well but for some reason generally I wasn't fond of their style and only had picked up an issue or two of Spider-Man. Then one day I saw this Batman/Lobo crossover on the shelf of a press store. The cover was so weird that I decided to buy it. I found it so cool and so different from what I was used seeing that I purchased all other comics by Bisley. When I got my first job and some money to spend I first started buying nice editions of comic books. My first purchase was Bill Sienkiewicz's Elektra and on that very same site they had an original page from Lobo Paramilitary X-mas Special for sale. I wasn't even aware that there was a market for original art. That's how I started collecting comic art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
As I don't have much space, only six pieces are framed on the wall and the rest is in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
By Bisley that would probably be the cover to X-mas Paramilitary Special, then on a different note, a piece by R. Crumb would be great, with Fritz the Cat, a Little Samy Sneeze strip by Winsor McCay, or George Herriman's Krazy Kat strip and, to finish, something by the great Jack Kirby, from the Fantastic Four for example.
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