1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 37 year old electrician (amongst other things) and live in Kent, England with my better half and our beautiful young daughter. She looks like a young Gwen Stacy, although she certainly didn't inherit her looks from my side of the family.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece in my gallery is a page from Preacher #13.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting comic art since 1996 and my first purchase was a John Watson oil painting. I was 20 years old and had just paid a visit to my regular comic book guy to give him the final payment on a book he'd put aside for me when I noticed this piece leaning against his living room wall with its back to me. I asked if I could have a look at it, he turned it round and that was it. I was hooked and had to have it, which then resulted in many more time payments and interval payments over the years as each time I went back with what I thought was my final payment, another must-have painting suddenly appeared ! He was always a shrewd cookie that comic book guy.
When I was a child I absolutely adored Brian Bolland's work in 2000AD and actually managed to persuade my parents one year to write in and inquire if any of his work was available to purchase as it would make a great christmas present for me and it would also stop me from continually pestering them for some original art. Unfortunately nothing came of it but I made do with a huge poster they sent me of the four dark judges which hung on my wall - something Gary Martin recently recreated for me and which has sated my appetite for the original after all these years.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Up until very recently all of my art has been framed behind museum quality glass and displayed at home. But now that my young daughter's reading ability is rapidly improving I've had to take down the Preacher pages in particular as they aren't very child friendly, to say the least ... So for the time being they will remain safely stored away waiting for the day that they can rise phoenix-like and regain their rightful places.
The remaining pieces that are child-friendly still hang happily upon my walls.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
It's incredibly difficult to narrow down my 5 most coveted pages but my 5 most coveted artists and there works are:
Brian Bolland Sgt. Rock cover - I sincerely doubt that I will ever own a Bolland piece of any sort, let alone this one. But Gary Martin did an amazing job in recreating it for me.
Bernie Wrightson - Well any Swamp Thing cover or Frankenstein plate will do!
Wally Wood - Genius. Would love to have an EC cover by him.
Arthur Adams - Hoping for a commission so fingers crossed!
Johnny Craig - Another legendary artist, An EC cover would be incredible to have.
However all of these possibilities are more remote than Tatooine and as my Dad regularly tells me, " Ryan, you've got champagne taste but only beer money!"
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