1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 41, living in Brooklyn, making Web sites for a living.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Right now my favorite piece is probably my Art Adams JLA: Scary Monsters #4 cover. But it's a tough choice. The Al Plastino Superman & Flash commission always makes me smile. My simple Carmine Infantino head sketch is an all-time favorite because I got it the first time I met him, and he's my favorite comic artist by far.
Shoot, I've also got a little Bernie Wrightson project going on that I'm pretty fond of. I bought a pencil drawing rom him at a convention, and I've been getting different artists to do their own inks over a blueline copy. So far I've got finished versions from Bill Sienkiewicz and Joe Rubinstein. It's interesting how different they are. I've got a couple more in the works, hoping to get them soon.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started back collecting comics in 2008, after dropping them in the mid-80s. In 2009 I went to New York Comic Con and spent just about the whole time in Artists Alley. Meeting and talking to all the artists, getting sketches, flipping though what they had for sale... I just fell in love with it. For a couple years I got pretty heavily into the commissions and convention sketches but for the past year or so I'm focused more on published work.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my collection is stored in a few portfolios in my comics closets. The first few convention sketches I bought, I had framed and on my walls. But I recently moved, so I'm in the process of going through all my stuff and picking out what seems like the best wall material.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I've got a 2/3 panel page by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson, of Adam Strange from Mystery In Space, but my dream piece would be a full page of Silver Age Infantino Flash action. Or a cover would be great, but that's way outside my price range. If we're just talking dream finds, I'd love something from Johnny Craig's EC years; some published Curt Swan Superman action; some Dave Gibbons Watchmen art would be fantastic; a page or two from Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing.
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