1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Nicolaj Borch, I am 41 years old, work in sales, and from Norway. I am married, and together with my wife I have a lovely daughter named Julia. Those two are my life, and collecting original art has quickly become my greatest hobby.
I think it's fair to say that I grew up in a generation where almost everyone read comics, and some of the heroes from that time has followed me until this day, in different stages of course, But it’s also a long way from Jim Aparo’s to Eduardo Risso’s Batman. I am a superhero kind of guy, but the lesser extra powers, and the more human, and I am there! Batman, Daredevil and Spider-Man and Bruce Banner / love the green guy too.
European comics has also given me a lot of joy; Spirou, Asterix, and Lucky Luke, just to mention a few...
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My Jim Aparo Batman vs Ra's al Ghul Pin Up from Batman 3D. It comes so much Batman nostalgia with that piece, and it will most likely stand as my favorite as long as I’m into this original art hobby.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first originals for about four years ago. But i first started collecting when I discovered Comic Art Fans two years ago in the summer of 2012. So you can say that it was CAF that got me going. My main goal when I started to collect was to get one page from three of the Batman artists that have meant most to me through the years: Jim Aparo (my all-time favorite Batman artist), Eduardo Risso (my favorite modern Batman artist), and Ernie Chan (which drew some unforgettable Batman adventures in the mid-70s). This is a goal I have happily succeeded, but like all kinds of collecting, there are always coming up new goals in this great hobby of ours.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
At the moment I have four pieces displayed on the wall, and that is of course my Jim Aparo Batman vs Ra’s Al Ghul, Eduardo Risso: Batman and Joker the Kiss (a delicate page), a mid-70s Detective page by Ernie Chan and a great Tim Sale Spider-Man Blue page. The rest of the pages are stored in plastic portfolios for the moment. But I am in fact considering a fireproof safe. And if someone had told me that only a year ago, I would have shaken my head and laughed out loud.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Any page from the cover story with Batman and Richard Dragon from Brave & Bold #132. Why? The first story I read where Batman meets his match in Richard Dragon. And a story where even the bad guy follows the code of honor.
2. There are still a few Batman pages I really like to get by Eduardo Risso. His Batman is fantastic!
3. A nice Giordano page from Detective Comics #457 and the story “There is No Hope in Crime Alley!” Not much beats that story.
4. How about a Milo splash from Frank Miller Sin City?
5. A Spirou panel or page by Franquin. I guess a panel will do, and is the most realistic.
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