1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Human Resources professional based on Long Island but have been an avid fan of comics as an art form since my early college days when I worked in a comic book store, Collectors Kindgom. I never stopped reading but started a freelance writing career as more of a hobby about six years ago but started writing my first miniseries Paiges Fall in May of this year which coincided with my starting to collect comic art. I am in the process of trying to get the series published and hope to do so early in 2013.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
While I have several pieces in my collection that I absolutely love, my Bill Sienkiewicz cover from The Question is my favorite. This book came out when I started college and really started reading comics, I never really read comics as a child. From the day I saw this issue on the shelf I vowed to one day acquire it if I could ever afford to do so. Earlier this summer I finally had the means to purchase it but it was the CAF site that enabled me to locate, negotiate a fair price and ultimately acquire the cover I had desired for more than twenty years.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I began collecting art early this summer when I had the opportunity to have an email conversation with none other than Tim Truman whom I was trying to gain some advice from on publishing my own story. Right after that conversation I made a list of artists whom I have always loved that I would like to own a piece from. I did make sure to limit my list to 20 artists which provided me with an attainable yet still affordable goal.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have framed one piece from my collection (Charles Vess Swamp Thing cover) but the balance of my collection is stored flat and kept in an Art Portfolio binder. I do have a hilarious story about almost losing my entire collection at the New York Comic Con if you ever want to hear it. Thanks to God again for that one.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My top 5 most wanted original pages would be:
1) Bernie Wrightson from Frankenstein
2) George Pratt from Enemy Ace
3) Mike Kaluta from The Shadow
4) Glen Fabry Hellblazer cover
5) Frank Miller from The Dark Knight Returns.
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