1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a business attorney and for the past 18 years my practice has focused on transactional and litigation matters. I live in Arizona with my four amazing children. I collect statutes of superheroes in addition to my art collection. I am a fitness buff that exercises regularly tries to eat healthy…when I’m not eating pizza and cookies… so I can keep up with all my kids. I love music and try to live by the Golden Rule. I grew up reading and loving science fiction and fantasy novels and comic books. My favorite superhero is Batman and my favorite villain is Joker. I also like Thor, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Flash, Black Bolt, the Vision, and the many magic wielding characters like Dr. Strange, Dr. Fate, Ghost Rider, and The Spectre. It's a shame those latter characters are terribly underutilized. I love both Marvel and DC superheroes but really enjoy other books like Locke and Key, Sandman, Walking Dead, etc.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
As everyone says, this is a really hard choice. I have three favorite pieces:
1) My canvas painting of Batman and the Phantasm by Bruce Timm based on the animated movie, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It is the only painted piece on canvas by Timm I have ever seen and the colors look like a snapshot from Batman the Animated Series. I think Mask of the Phantasm is the best Batman movie ever done. The storytelling, the characterization, and the voice acting are all better than any of the Batman movies by far. Timm and company told an origin story that made you actually hope that Bruce Wayne would not become Batman. Mark Hamill’s perfect Joker voice portrayed an insane, conniving, murderous, sometimes silly Joker that was equally terrifying and amusing.
2) Guardians of Gotham by Dick Sprang. This piece is huge 36x24. It is all hand drawn and colored by Sprang. It is flawless and it represents a kooky yet amazing time in Batman’s history. I vastly prefer the darker, serious Batman but this piece and the pop art aspect of it are just so cool.
3) Brian Bolland Batman Splash from JLA #200. Bolland is one of my favorite artists and this piece is dynamic and a great example of his impeccable line work.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I began collecting animation cels from Batman the Animated Series in about 1996 from the now defunct Warner Brothers Stores. I then moved on to prints from various artists like Alex Ross. I become very interested in Bruce Timm and found I could buy some of his original art so I started with just small things here and there. I didn’t get serious and start spreading out to find other great artists until about three years later. Then, after I went to my first San Diego Comic-Con in 2000, I saw many dealers with fantastic art and I fell in love. I haven’t missed a San Diego Comic-Con since and was bitten hard by the collecting bug. I also had the opportunity to meet other collectors that make wonderful contacts and friends which is the best part of this hobby.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have several pieces that are framed and hanging on the wall. Others are kept in mylars and art portfolios. I wish I had enough wall space to hang everything.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
A Michael Whelan Elric cover from the DAW paperbacks.
Secrets of the Batcave by Dick Sprang (companion piece to my Guardians over Gotham piece)
A great Killing Joke page by Brian Bolland.
Georg Perez/John Byrne X-Man or Avengers cover.
Two commissions by Art Adams, an Avengers and a JLA.
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