1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
A product of the Midwest, I live outside of Chicago with my wife, Anne, and our two sons – Maddux (named after the Cubs pitching great) and Parker (yes, Peter Parker). I run the fundraising and marketing for a large non-profit, Thresholds, which serves individuals living with mental illness.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Justice League of America #200 has special significance for me and I’m very fortunately Mike Lovitz allowed me to buy them. I bought this comic book on my twelfth birthday and loved it dearly. George Perez books were a great comfort to me during some difficult times.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
1997. I’d been a lifelong comic book collector but was always frustrated that I had no real means to display them. When eBay hit the scene, that’s when I learned about comic book art. I loved the hunt. I had an intense decade + of collecting the favorite pages from my youth. I don’t buy much art anymore. I read the book, “Collecting: An Unruly Passion,” and realized, as a lifelong collector of toys, baseball cards, comics, etc., that my collecting was probably much less about the art and more about trying to recapture something I had lost in childhood. During my parent’s divorce and the frequent moves and instability of my early years, my comic books gave me comfort. I think I was attempting to tap into those feelings of comfort later in life when things got hard. Problem is, and I think some of us have experienced this, that the need to acquire never really extinguishes. What I needed to feel wouldn't come from external things. An expensive lesson. So, I’m not much of a collector these days.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have about a dozen pieces framed in my office upstairs. Nothing fancy. The rest are in large collector books that I leaf through every once in a while.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I love George Perez. At this point, I favor covers, if anything: Would love JLA #200 and a handful of New Teen Titans covers. X-Men #158, and Avengers Annual #10 have special significance to me. ROM #17 was a great issue. I’d like to get an interior from X-Men #137, which I think is probably among the greatest issues of my childhood, but damn, pricey.
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