1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a regular guy who grew up working in a comic book store in the Midwest. I spent close to a decade in New York, where I got a tour of 1700 Broadway, and was able to meet the who's-who of collectors and talent in New York City. I'm now out on the West Coast and am lucky enough to handle art sales for Jeff Matsuda. If you're an artist looking to sell work, I'm glad to help! As a collector, I mainly go for splashes of Marvel and DC villains from the 80s and 90s. (I dig evil stuff.) You may also know me as "daveofapocalypse."
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's hard to pick a favorite, so I'll go with a recent pickup - the X-Men Omega page where Magneto splits Apocalypse in two. It's by Roger Cruz and Tim Townsend - both are awesome people as well as artists, and I'd been looking to track this page down for almost 20 years. It took a lot of digging and persistence, but I was finally able to land the climactic piece of my favorite X-Men story! Like so much of the stuff I've been able to get, it's a breathtaking piece I can hardly believe I own - and I feel very lucky to have it! (I also have tons of fondness for my work by Ian Churchill, Clayton Crain, Jae Lee, Jeff Matsuda, Joe Madureira, and many others.)
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting back in the early 90s when I was just a kid. I worked at a shop that had in-store signings, and one of the guys had originals for sale. I'd mainly been a comic (and toy and cel and card) collector, but suddenly I found out you could own the REAL artwork. I'd always figured this stuff ended up on the walls of artists, publishers, or millionaires or something. It pretty much blew my mind that just “regular people” could own these pieces of history. I was hooked and I never looked back!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have about half my collection professionally framed, and the rest are in Itoyas for now. To me, this is stuff to be looked and and enjoyed, so I try to only buy work I could see myself putting on the wall.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My #1 is off-CAF with a Hollywood guy. (He knows I want it, and that's probably all I should say!) Other than that, I'm still questing for the Lord Pumpkin #1 cover by Kyle Hotz. Speaking generally, I'd love a nice 90s Omega Red piece and a nice (DC) Scarecrow. I'm always looking for nice published X-work by Jeff Matsuda and Joe Madureira!
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