1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 47 years old and live in France. I'm interested in comics as well as in books and art. I've been reading European comics for more than 25 years, as well as a few American comics like EISNER, WRIGHTSON, Tarzan, and so on...
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favourite piece in my gallery is my "La Quête de L'Oiseau du Temps" convention cover from 1989. All the spirit of LOISEL is in that gouache drawing, as well as some humour and eroticism. And it is very difficult to find such a piece of art...
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Interested in art, I always want to be sure that I like the drawing before buying a comic book. Twenty years ago I went to Brussels for the first time to see the Belgian comic stores; there I saw plenty of comic art pages. It was a revelation for me, "it was exactly what I am interest in"... However, I waited six more years before buying my first pages, scared by how much they cost. Now I'm selling nearly all of my comic book collection to buy only comic art. I have been doing exhibitions for more than 10 years building my collection.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Some of my collection is on the walls, most of it is in a bunker. We often change the decoration.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Part of my most wanted original pages are:
- A page of Gaston Lagaffe from FRANQUIN
- A page of Johan & Pirlouit from PEYO
- A cover like "La Femme Piege" from BILAL
- A cover of Blueberry from GIR MOEBIUS
- And a cover of Corto Maltese from Hugo PRATT
I would be interested in American art, but I’m first trying to be as complete in European art as possible.
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