1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello fellow CAFers, I'm from Toronto and I'm a lifelong lover of all things comic book-related. This passion was ignited when I was an illiterate 4 year old and a chance visit by a cousin on his way home from school abroad resulted in me inheriting his collection of tattered old comics that he had been carrying around to help him pick up English. Well, looking at those old pictures of the Sub-Mariner and the Hulk without understanding what was going on lit a fire under me to learn how to read as fast as I could, until that fateful day that I learned the phrase "To be continued...," which was when the collection addiction really kicked in and it's been going strong ever since!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
From a purely aesthetics perspective, my favourite piece in my gallery would have to be Karnilla by Jeff Spokes. The pose, the level of details, the way in which it captures the character, and the overall impression I get when I look at it makes it all pretty much perfect. However, I also have a special fondness for Kung Fu School by Kagan McLeod, a fellow Torontonian, for all the special memories it brings back of a lot of happy Sunday afternoons watching kung fu movies with family.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art since 2005. While surfing the internet I happened onto Adam Hughes old website and was excited to see how his skills had developed since his Justice League International days, especially on his convention sketches. He just happened to be appearing at a local con that year so I figured I'd try and get a sketch from him as well. Back then you didn't need to trample over a line of fanboys or sell a body part to get a sketch from AH! but his fame was growing and so was the challenge of getting on his sketch list. In my ignorant bliss, I guess you could say I stumbled upon my personalized sketch of Power Girl from him and Alison at just the right time. With this as my first piece, I was mesmerized and sucked in whole by the call of the siren.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
The majority of my collection is stored in Itoya portfolios. The only piece that is framed is Kung Fu School but it is a massive piece of art that is about four feet wide including the frame and mounting. It is patiently waiting until my man cave is finished before being displayed.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I would love to get some original covers of my favourite comic books from my youth, but it seems everyone else wants the same thing! The unfortunate result is that they are all priced way out of my ballpark. Nevertheless, they are, in reverse order:
5. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #5 by Dave Cockrum (a classmate showed me this cover in grade 3 and its image haunts me to this day!)
4. The Invaders #8 by Jack Kirby (the Union Jack - big and bold as superheroes should be)
3. The Incredible Hulk #216 or #219 by Ernie Chan (a bit of a cheat but both covers are great examples of Ernie at his best)
2. Limited Collectors Edition Presents #39 - Secret Origins of Super-Villains by Dick Giordano (heroes going head to head against their arch enemies!!)
1. Uncanny X-Men #133 by John Byrne (Yeah, I know, good luck with this one!)
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