1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
If I would have described myself ten years ago I would have said I was a comics and film enthusiast but since then I've learned that it's the storytelling and narrative that I'm attracted to regardless of the format. So I love it all - great comics, films, TV, video games, books - you name it. And of course comic art!
I'm in my mid 30s and married to a wonderful woman that I met while getting my MBA a few years ago. I've been in the film business for the past ten years in international finance. My nostalgia period for comics was the 80s and early 90s and during that time I was most into Sandman/Vertigo and DC heroes, though recently I have been more of a Marvel guy. Still, I tend to follow certain writers and artists wherever they go.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I probably have no fewer than four favorite pieces, but if I had to select just one, I would say my Y: The Last Man #55 Cover by Massimo Carnevale. First off, Y was one of my favorite series from the past decade plus. Brian K. Vaughan is always great and this series did not disappoint, keeping me hooked for years. Massimo's covers on the series were so distinctive and thoughtful, and he is an incredible master, while underappreciated stateside. So few of his covers depicted the main characters, so I feel especially lucky to have this one with Yorick, Ampersand, and 355. It is BOLD and striking, and I spend a little time each day appreciating it. It's the piece I would least likely part with because it is the least replaceable in my heart. There will always be great artists to draw Batman or Green Lantern, but Massimo defined these covers for me.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
This is a bit of a two part question, because while I began collecting in 2005 I only recently returned from almost a four year sabbatical from the hobby. I started up because I loved the art and wanted to own a piece of art from the comics that moved or inspired me. I wanted to have a gallery filled with nostalgia, imagination, and heroes. I stopped collecting for a time because I went back to school for a graduate degree, got married, and was basically committing funds to other pursuits but I kept reading comics and desiring to return, and now I have!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
One of my big mistakes in the past was buying art that I did not intend to physically display. Today, I will not buy a piece of art that does not go up on the walls. It is just my personal opinion that this stuff is not to be kept squirreled away in vaults, binders, or boxes, but should be appreciated as art. I try to take great care in frame selection, as I enjoy when a frame compliments the art itself. Hence, my desire to have a separate gallery in my CAF showing off the final framed pieces for those who wish a virtual tour!
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I'm going to cheat here and speak in categories, but the first one is actually easy:
1.) Detective #820 Cover by Simone Bianchi.
2.) A nice Watchmen story page featuring Ozymandias from the end of the series.
3.) An inspiring V for Vendetta page featuring V that becomes permanent in my collection!
4.) An iconic Steve Epting Captain America cover.
5.) The right Sandman interiors from my favorite artists on the series: P Craig Russell, Kelley Jones, Jill Thompson, and Mike Dringenberg.
It's pretty hard to stop at five categories, but there they are!
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