1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Southern New Hampshire, graduated from UCONN and settled in Rocky Hill, Connecticut with my girlfriend, two birds, and two cats. I work as a personal banker and registered rep. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, gardening, and fishing. Growing up (before high school), I collected comics, baseball cards, fossils, stamps, and coins. In junior high, I was a state champ in Judo in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, then played football and lacrosse in high school. Nowadays, I enjoy spending time with all the great people I've met involved with this hobby, spending more money than I should quite regularly at comic conventions.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My Ka-zar #6 cover from the 1974 series by John Buscema is my favorite piece. It was the first comic I every read at 7 years old.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I began collecting comic art in the Spring of 2002. I was up in NH at my parent's home, going through some of my old comics, and my girlfriend Marie asked "Did you ever wonder if you could get the original art that was used to make that comic?" I googled "Ka-zar original comic art for sale" and came across Mike Burkey's site. Shortly after my first purchase, I met Tom Field at a Boston show and he suggested the yahoo comicart-l group as a resource. BAM! My collection quadrupled in a short period of time.
4. What's up with the bird?
The biggest reason I got into collecting comic art was that it was fun. I was lucky enough to have jumped in early enough to get some great pieces of art at realistic prices. Recently, opportunists (dealers) have pushed prices to ridiculous levels, taking advantage of the game. That being said, I was having less fun seeing prices go out of my reach and decided to become a sketch hound. Coda, my pet cockatoo, became an obvious choice for fun subject matter. My first con sketch was in 2005 by Adam Hughes of Wonder Woman with Coda, I have since opened up his own gallery on CAF with well over 100 commissions and con sketches.
However, the increasing popularity of the sketch circuit, and less regular work for artists, has brought the average decent con sketch to $100 and up for more known artists.
I don't have a problem with an artist trying to make a living, but the fact that these are con sketches and non-commercial/ unpublished pieces of art, is making the expense harder to justify.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
-Ka-zar #6 page 1 splash with Ka-zar jumping off a cliff-John Buscema pencils/Alfredo Alcala inks
-Bernie Wrightson Swampthing page
-Joe Kubert Sgt Rock action page
-Jack Kirby Demon page
-Neal Adams Ka-zar or Batman page
-Sanjulian Ka-zar & Zabu oil painting
-Alex Horley Ka-zar & Zabu oil painting
-Neal Adams Ka-zar & Zabu full figure inked piece
-Jon Muth watercolor involving Coda
-Bernie Wrightson ANYTHING!
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