1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My brother and I own Club Lago Restaurant in Chicago. We're the third generation of our family to run the restaurant, and we've been lucky enough to host numerous artists and CAF members, including the illustrious Bill Cox. Our proudest comic moment was being featured in an issue of 100 Bullets!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I judge my favorite piece by what I can't keep my eyes off month-to-month. Right now it's definitely Sean Phillips's cover to Sleeper #1. I love seeing artists who have the chops to show off pencils and paint, and this painted cover does a fabulous job of showing the tension of the series while rendering police light shadows with surprising colors.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting when I ordered a Butch Guice What If? splash from the back of a comic book sight unseen. I think I paid $80 or $100. I think I was in sixth grade. That amount of money scared the crap out of me, but it's still one of my favorite pieces. I wish I could remember who the dealer was. Any ideas out there? I stopped collecting art for many years. I got back into it in the late 90's with the eBay explosion and haven't looked back.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have many pieces displayed in frames at home. The unframed pieces sit in Mylar in portfolios under my bed. I gotta get more stuff framed...
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. I love Craig Russell. I know that his Marvel Fanfare cover with Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch used to be out there somewhere. Does someone want to deal?
2. A Watchman page. I have passed on numerous pages when they came my way. I regret every one of them.
3. The Frazetta "Chessmen of Mars" that Albert Moy has. It should hang next to the Williams's homage Promethea cover in my collection. Albert?
4. Chris Ware had a couple of fantastic pages from Jimmy Corrigan that featured Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition. Does anyone know if they're out there? I would love to see them next to Alex Ross's treatment of the same subject from Uncle Sam.
5. Frankenstein plate. Please send one my way.
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