1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 45 year old mental health therapist in private practice, who grew up reading comics and moving around the U.S. quite a bit as a kid. I suspect that the constant of seeing comics in grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations was one of the aspects that led to them being a lifelong source of escape and entertainment for me.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Wow, this is a tricky one, since I've been extremely fortunate in getting a hold of the pieces that I have. There are a handful that make the kid in me grin from ear-to-ear. If pressed, I'd point out Incredible Hulk #227, page 2 (Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson). I have it displayed in my office and it is one of two pieces that clients see when they first come into my space. Not only does seeing original comic artwork on the walls of a therapist tend to put people more at ease, but this page comes from one of my childhood favorite issues and specifically addresses some of the stereotypes that the population has about therapy.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
My first piece was picked up when David Mazzucchelli drew a fun sketch for me at a comic convention in Boston in 1991. I hadn't considered getting anything else until nearly a decade later when a friend of mine, who wrote professionally for comics, showed me his sketchbook. I picked one up and got a bunch of amazing pieces before jumping into buying original pages of art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a handful of my pieces professionally framed and the majority sit in portfolios. I also have about a dozen frames which allow me to swap out and rotate artwork.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I am regularly looking for additional pages from Incredible Hulk #227, Jonah Hex (vol. 1) #4, I love picking up pieces from Eddy Barrows, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and Paul Pelletier. Rounding out the top five (now the Top Six!) is my growing Ben Grimm Poker Game commission gallery. I loved the character interaction of those games when I was a kid and it is a blast commissioning artists to get their take on them!
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