1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in southern Maryland, I am 56 years old, and by profession I am a federal government contractor working in the project management field. I have been collecting comic book art sketches for over 20 years. I am not a huge comic book collector but I do have an extensive collection of signed, first print, number one comics (and variant editions) and a large collection of blank cover original art comic books. My goal is to have one of the most extensive private collections of commission comic book art in the country.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece of commission artwork in my collection (gallery vol. 1) is a pen and ink Captain America piece by Mike Zeck. I was always a fan of Mike's Punisher work and through a set of circumstances we met face-to-face in a social setting about ten years ago and we have remained goods friends ever since. I love the pure power of the commission and Mike's attention to detail is amazing and worthy of a top spot in anyone's collection. Mike is one of the coolest, most laid back people I have ever met and it is my pleasure to call him friend.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collection comic book artwork commissions and sketches for over 20 years. I started because I have always loved comic book art. I am not one for reading the storylines but the artwork just grabbed me and never let go. I was fortunate to have been friends with an editor for the defunct Wizard Magazine and he started my collection off those many years ago by giving me signed comic books and other comic book collectibles. This started me on my quest to collect signed first edition comic books which led to getting sketches in sketchbooks from the artists I met through him and at the conventions. I have to say over the years I have met some pretty cool artists when they were just getting started and I can say I have some of their very first works in my collection. Some of those artists are now pretty famous and in great demand in the comic book world and I am happy I was able to spend time with them.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my early sketches are located in sketchbooks but I also have a great number of commissions on 11 x 17 art pages which are stored in portfolios. My most prized commissions were drawn in an 11 x 14 custom leather sketchbook which has traveled all over the country during the last four years. The final commission artwork piece in the first volume custom sketchbook was finished this past weekend (April 2014) and I am about 30 commission art pieces into a second custom sketchbook volume.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My five most wanted commissions from the following artists:
Another Mike Zeck (just because I am greedy).
I am not sure of the characters but anything by these folks would be fantastic.
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