1. Please tell us about yourself.
I live in Monterey, CA but was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. Like a lot of original art collectors I read comics as a kid but for some reason I never stopped. I read them in college and still read and collect them today. Reading comics created a fascination with the characters and the people who created them - I think that is one of the prime motivators of original art collectors, obtaining a piece of the creative process for the comics that they formed a bond with, either growing up or today. There is somethng very appealing about holding a panel, splash or cover to a comic that you bought as a kid, in some ways you are holding a piece of your history and therefore the appeal of nostalgia is definitely a large motivating factor for me in this hobby.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I guess everyone has their "Rosebud" I'm lucky enough to own mine; the cover art to New Teen Titans #12. The long story of the why it is my favorite piece is detailed in the description I wrote for it. The short story is that it is the first comic book I remember buying off a spinner rack at 7-Eleven.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art since 2005 (I wish almost everyday that my start date was more like 1995 lol) though I have collected comics since I was a teenager. I started by getting a few Con sketches. At the end of a convention I would walk through artist alley to see what artist were there and use any funds I had not spent on comics, which usually was not very much, to get a sketch. I of course noticed the published art that some artists had for sale and at the 2005 Wonder Con in San Francisco I bought a panel page by George Perez who was my favorite artist growing up. My first cover followed at an auction a few months later and it kind of spiralled from there.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my art is in portfolios, I have three covers all framed up and displayed, two in my home office and one in my work office.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Since I was a kid in the Copper Age my top five pieces are late Bronze and Copper art focused:
I'd like to get a higher end commission from George Perez.
X-Men panel by John Byrne
Gil Kane cover from the "Picture Frame" era
Moon Knight or New Mutants piece by Bill Sienkiewicz
Conan panel by Barry Smith
Of course I'm always on the look out for George Perez New Teen Titans pieces - I said that I wanted to own three covers, having just acquired the third I still wonder if there is room for #4.
I'd just like to thank Bill Cox and everyone at CAF for everything that they do for the hobby. The website really is a museum of the creative process for comic books. You really can get lost, in the best possible way on CAF just looking at example after example of the greatest pieces of comic art ever created. Every time I think I've seen it all, something new gets posted that makes me go WOW!!!!
Finally I'd also like to thank the other collectors I've met or talked to becasue of posting my art here for all the great stories and insights that they have shared with me over the years. Steve, Gene, Michael, Chris, Malvin, Brian, Jeff, Eric, Joe and Allen - sorry if I missed anyone. Thanks!!!!
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