1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Like many people in this crazy hobby, I love looking at things that are beautiful and different. It doesn't matter what the subject, I just love seeing what someone can do with a pencil, ink, charcoal or brush. I don't seem to fall in to a particular type when appreciating someone's work. Bold, delicate, minimalist or hyper-detail, I'm obsessed with it all.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
That's such a hard question. Favorite pieces change when I rediscover them in my collection. For now, I'm going with a commission that I obtained from David Williams. When I request a commission from an artist, I try to keep my instructions to them very simple. "If you were to redesign Mr. Freeze, what would he look like. Give me YOUR version of the character. Whether he's hold his gun or gazing into his snowglobe, I don't care. Whatever you want to do. BUT, the most important thing is mood, atmosphere." David and I would talked about the character and what others have done. I've been a fan of his for a long time and was very lucky to get on his list. He did a fantastic job on this and it's at the framer as I write this.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting artwork a little late, around late 2003-04. A friend asked me to go to a comic show and I saw all of these collectors picking up commissions and pages. I started seeing things a little differently. At first, I started getting Batman and some of his villains. But I stumbled onto one or two people's galleries that had a theme. I loved that idea. Once I got my first couple of Freeze pieces, I noticed the differences in artist’s interpretations of Victor. That was it. I took it and ran.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few pieces framed up our home office but most of it is tucked away in portfolios. Having a family takes a lot of available funds so I have to save for most of my art now-a-days. So, it's either frame it or a new piece of art. The art almost always wins.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
There are a few piece out there that I would love to own but don't know if I could ever afford if I had an opportunity.
a) Cover or interior art for Batman #525 - Kelley Jones and Freeze, so happy together.
b) Cover for Gotham Knights #59 - Jae Lee's cover of Freeze and Batman is just amazing.
c) Cover or interior art for Legend of the Dark Knight #195 - Seth Fischer's art for SNOW was original and fresh. I LOVED it.
d) Cover to Batman Adventures #15 - Kelsey Shannon is a VERY underrated artist. All of his covers for run on this series were awesome but this Freeze cover is simple and beautiful.
e) Interior artwork for Gotham Central #1 and #2 - Michael Lark probably does my favorite version of Freeze to date. I passed up a few pages when I first started collecting. Something I regret.
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