1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from the UK but these days I live, work and raise a family in Bergen, Norway. Having grown up in the UK, much of my formative comics exposure revolved around the weekly British sci-fi / fantasy anthology 2000AD, which forms the basis of pretty much all of my original artwork. If you’re not particularly aware of 2000AD you *will* be aware of many artists and writers associated with it, both from the old school and the new.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It’s easy to narrow it down to a handful of pieces; tremendously difficult to pick just one! However, when push comes to shove it has to be Kevin O’Neill’s cover to 2000AD Prog 230, featuring Nemesis the Warlock. I have a particularly strong attachment to 2000AD from this period and this cover is a classic; the detail Kev O’Neill lavished on his early work is beyond belief. For me, this piece represents the sheer energy and inventiveness of 2000AD, then and now, perfectly.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Despite having ogled original 2000AD art since I first laid eyes on it as a kid, I started collecting late. I finally began in 2009, dipping a toe in the water and purchasing a great Cam Kennedy Rogue Trooper page from the lovely Rufus Dayglo. A trickle of pages followed with the intention of primarily focusing on the earlier ‘golden age’ of 2000AD, picking up good examples pairing my favourite characters and artists. Mick McMahon, Cam Kennedy, Brendan McCarthy, Carlos Ezquerra, Kev O’Neill, Glenn Fabry, Dave Gibbons, Ron Smith, Colin Wilson, Jesús Redondo - the list goes on… 2000AD has always been blessed with some tremendously talented creators and, although I focus on older artwork, some of the current crop of artists are every bit as good as anyone you can name. There’s a very supportive and friendly community of 2000AD art collectors out there and it’s great to see the amount of 2000AD art on CAF growing steadily.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I never intended to have a huge collection of artwork, just a core of really nice pieces with the majority on the wall, really. Something in me isn’t comfortable with the idea of such great art being kept tucked away, out of sight (which is partly why I appreciate CAF so much; a great place to share and appreciate the art). Pieces are getting framed and displayed but the rate is slow so most of it remains in portfolios for now.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
When I started collecting my wants-list was extensive and rather optimistic. Somehow I’ve managed to pick up a large chunk from that initial pile, including a few that might otherwise be on this list, so the following really are the stuff that dreams are made of…
- Brendan McCarthy Prog 473 cover - one of my all-time favourite covers by one of the best artists on this planet or any other.
- Brendan McCarthy - The English-Phlondrutian Phrasebook (Future Shock, written by Alan Moore).
- Bryan Talbot - The Wages of Sin (Future Shock, written by Alan Moore).
- Carlos Ezquerra - Strontium Dog pin-up from Star Lord.
- Brian Bolland Judge Dredd - Cursed Earth for preference, especially the Mutie Rushmore sequence.
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