1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Normal, IL where I work in the Systems department at State Farm. I've been collecting comics since 1974, and wished I would have discovered this site sooner. I've really enjoyed "meeting" some of the collectors on here and have also got connected to some artists I may not have had the chance to otherwise.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's always hard to pick one, but I would have to lean towards the JLA #111 splash page for sentimental reasons. JLA #111 was the first book i bought that really hooked me into collecting comics so the issue has always had a special spot with me. I've got a handful of pages from the book now, but there's nothing like a page 1 splash from a story like this.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I attended my first convention, the old Chicago Comicon, back in the mid-80s. While I was there, I bought a Groo sketch from Sergio. It had never dawned on me before then that artists may be at the show selling pages or sketches, I just figured there would just be a bunch of dealers there. And to get a piece of art from someone whose worked I loved not only in Groo but in Mad when I was growing up, really sparked something in me about taking home that art. The next few years I would take a sketch pad and get autographs and sometimes a doodle from some of the guests. It was so great to have something from the artists that I loved and easier than carrying around a bunch of books to be signed. After graduating college and getting a real job, I switched to buying pages of art and getting paid commissions from the artists. It probably only took a couple of years before I was spending more money at the shows on art than buying back issues.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I probably have 20 or so pieces framed and hanging up, mostly in my den and a couple in the family room. Framing just gets to be expensive, plus lack of wall space, so the rest are in portfolios that can be pulled out and enjoyed.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The first is easy....any pages from JLA #111 that I don't have yet. Probably won't be possible but I would love to have the full issue someday.
I've been lucky to get pages from many of the artists I like, so I guess that the most WANTED would be those "grail" items I may not have the chance to afford but can always wish for:
A Charles Schulz Peanuts strip
A Legion of Super-Heroes splash or cover by Dave Cockrum or Mike Grell
A Neal Adams cover or splash (preferably from Batman or Green Lantern)
An Alex Ross painting
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