1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Francis Chervenak. I have been collecting comic book art for about six years now, ever since I first took notice of artist alley at the 2007 Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia. The idea of commissioning and collecting artwork has allowed me to enhance my passion for the comic book medium. Whether it be discussing a commission or going after a cover/page, I have the chance to make a testament to the images that inspire and amaze me.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
This is a hard one. If you are going to make me pick one though, it will have to be my Humberto Ramos Superior Spider-Man commission. The Superior Spider-Man storyline brought me back to Spider-Man comics and Humberto's re-design showed a novel ingenuity through the addition of red spider legs that perfectly compliment the Spider-Man character.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I was prompted to start because I had become frustrated with comic book collections becoming more and more about the innumerable variants covers that come out with each comic. It made collecting almost impossible, and while it did not take away from my pleasure of the stories, it hurt my ability to make a physical statement to my passion for comic books.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I keep my pieces in artistic portfolios that I flip through from time to time. With my collection already past 100 pieces, framing would be very costly and I would have little to no space on my walls left! Being able to put my gallery of CAF allows me to create a wonderful display amongst a community that cherishes original art as much as I do, if not more.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Anything Batman by Greg Capullo
2. A great homage to Todd McFarlane's sole Batman cover
3. A badass Deadpool by Skottie Young
4. An Adi Granov Iron Man
5. A Frank Quitely Cover from his Batman and Robin run with Grant Morrison.
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