1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello. I am Kyle Davis. I have been collecting art for about seven years now. I grew up in the small town of Tell City, Indiana. Our little town didn’t have a comic shop so I never realized there were so many genres of comics out there. I had read some of the usual suspects like Archie when I was growing up but it wasn’t until college in 2005 that I really began to discover comics. I have never really cared that much for superheroes since I can’t relate to them but when I discovered there was more to comics then just superheroes I was hooked.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
My favorite piece in my collection has to be the cover to the trade paperback Bone Adventures #3 by Jeff Smith simply because I never dreamed I would be able to find a piece by Jeff. Bone was one of the first books that I read when I first started reading comics. By the time I got around to reading it I knew that you could own the original art but I quickly found out that the majority of Jeff’s art has been donated to the Ohio State University Library and that finding an original was harder than finding a hair on a Bone’s head. Well as you would assume that discouraged me a little but I didn’t give up hope that one day I would own a piece by Jeff. After searching for over two years this piece showed up on eBay and the rest is history. This is one piece that I know I would never be able to replace so it holds a very special place in my collection.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I first discovered that you could actually own original art while I was looking for back issues of Josh Howard’s comic Dead@17. I was doing my usual eBay search for books I was missing when I noticed Josh had some pages from the books listed. I thought it would be cool to own a page or two so I hit the Buy it Nows on few of them. When they arrived I knew that I had found my new passion. Since that time I have be an active collector of any and all things that Josh works on. He is my favorite artist and I just can’t seem to get enough of his work. If you peruse my gallery you will quickly see what I am talking about. As of right now I would say that about 50% of my collection is comprised of work by Josh and the other half is work that catches my eye. I also enjoy collecting art from outside of the comic community such as art by people that work in the animation industry as well as what I consider fine art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of the art in my collection is kept in portfolios since there is no way I would be able to display everything. There is a goodly sum of art displayed throughout the house though. Majority of the art displayed are the pieces that I consider fine art but there are comic pages displayed as well.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1) Dead@17: The Thirteenth Brother Issue 4 Page 15
I have been trying to reassemble this issue for over five years now and I still don’t have any idea where this page is located. I know where all of the other pages are from the book except this one page.
2) Dead@17: The Thirteenth Brother Issue 4 Page 10
I know where this page is but have been unable to pry it from the current owner’s hands. The current owner of the other pages I am missing has already said he won’t stop me from reaching my goal if I can acquire these two. If I can acquire these last two that would be a major accomplishment and a feat that I actually doubted could be done. Until that time it is just a dream but I am much closer than I ever thought I could get.
3-5) Most of the time I just purchase pieces when they speak to me and at this time I am not actively pursuing anything in particular. There are a few artists that I would like to get art from at some point though such as Ken Keirns, Tara McPherson, and Jaw Cooper. I won't know if I have to have the piece until I see it but when I do I'll know. That is one thing I love about collecting art. You don't actually know you have a piece until you see it for the first time.
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