1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Montreal and am currently at McGill University conducting cancer research. I am a huge movie-head and obviously love comic books as well. My gallery mainly consists of Spider-Man commissions on sketch covers. I use sketch covers for both the convenience of cost and that these covers are able to be authenticated and graded by CGC through its signature series program and with all the forgeries in the market and in the news of late I feel this is as important as ever.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
There are a lot of pieces in my gallery I consider "grails", almost to the point where the word loses meaning, however the fact is that five years ago many of those pieces I would of considered impossible for me to get especially since these are commissions and not published artwork. As hard as it is to choose, if I had to save one piece from a burning building I would have to go with my Amazing Spider-Man #600 cover recreation where Spider-Man was penciled by none other than John Romita Sr. and the piece was inked and completed by Sal Buscema. Both are just absolute legends in the comic industry and most importantly in the history of Spider-Man. Between them they must have worked on at least 400 Spider-Man books whether in Amazing or Spectacular. It was almost key that Sal had inked John a lot in the best in their respective glory days so the piece really has everything.
However if I had to choose a top five in my collection it would be: 1. Amazing Spider-Man #600 recreation by Romita Sr and Buscema 2. John Cassaday Hero Initiative 3. Joe Quesada Hero Initiative 4. Chris Bachalo Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six and 5. My painted Spider-Man by Gabriele Dell'otto (where he is perched).
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I'm actually relative new to collecting comic art, I've only been in the game for four years and its all sped by so fast. I think the work of Gabriele Dell'otto, particularly on Secret War really shed light on how much of an art form comic original art really is and from there I started looking at original pages and truly appreciated the varying techniques that these artists use. The different styles just keep me collecting, from old school styles of Romita to new more contemporary styles of Humberto Ramos and Chris Bachalo.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Right now they are all displayed on shelves however I do play of having some of these put into frames and put on the wall.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Thankfully I've already knocked out some of my all-time favorite artists but if I had to choose 5 that I would really love to have a detailed piece from it would be.
1. Todd McFarlane
2. Marcos Martin
3. Paolo Rivera
4. John Byrne
5. Sam Keith
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