1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am an Italian middle-age collector. I learned to read from comic books but my mother didn't like them so she threw away all the comic books she found. For many years I didn't read any comics and almost forgot they existed; until I rediscovered them and with them I discovered original comic art.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite art in my gallery is a Carl Barks page. It is a huge 18"x26" page, published in Uncle Scrooge #63 (1966). Carl Barks art was a grail for me and it is such a honor to host one of the rare surviving pages from the master. In this page Scrooge, Donald and the nephews are drawn, and they show many emotions: disappointment, anger, surprise, enthusiasm... And also there is a photo of Mr. Barks holding my page.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting for 20 years. I begun with a sketch and I couldn't stop. 20 years ago the Internet didn't exist. In Italy there there were few ways to acquire original art: few comic conventions and two galleries, one in Milano and one in Torino. Then, with internet and eBay, I discovered a new world!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I simply store my collection in binders.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My top five most wanted original pages:
A Giancarlo Gatti Donald Duck page [Giancarlo Gatti looks like the world's most rare Disney artist!]
A Krazy Kat Sunday page.
A Little Nemo Sunday page.
A Burne Hogarth Tarzan Sunday page.
A Silvia Ziche Donald Duck page.
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