1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I have collected comics since I was about 9 years old I guess (I recently rounded forty.) My first comic was GI Joe #24. I vividly remember picking up that issue. The artwork was mind-blowing, to say the least. I collected several titles for years until I slowly managed to wean my way out and parted with most of my collection (maybe in my early twenties.) I was able to avoid comics for years until I read that Jim Lee was starting a Batman run. I bought issue #608 and was back in. My collecting bug has had many faces. I still pick up a couple of books a month, but for the most part, comic art currently fills that aspect of my life.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Favorite is a tough call. I have a handful of pieces that still knock me out it seems, no matter how many times I examine them. I would say that the painted Alien Legion #5, Vol. 2 cover is tops for me. Like I mentioned in the post’s description, it really is my favorite title, issue, character, and cover. It cannot get any better for me. I am so thankful to have it framed and on display. To be honest, I really should thank CAF for it. I certainly would not own it if I had not posted a Stroman redo I had commissioned. The post reminded fellow collector Mike (aka Off White) White that he had the original gem hanging in his office. He left a comment on the post. Mike was not willing to part with it when I initially harassed him, but sometime later we were able to strike a deal (thanks again Mike.)
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Living in Iowa, I tried to attend comic conventions held in Chicago, Kansas City, and sometimes Ohio. The 2003 Wizard World Chicago had Jim Lee as the guest of honor. He was willing to draw up quick profiles for those of us in line. I remember he drew me an incredible two-second Batman headshot. It was really something to watch him work. That was the first piece of original artwork I ever received. Normally I would go to conventions to get stuff signed, pick up other items, etc. but I had never even wandered into an artist alley until the 2005 Wizard World Chicago. I never bothered with it or paid much attention to what went on over there. Anyway, I brought zero reference but had an artist work out a Rancor Monster. It was just a quick pencil sketch, (can’t remember the cost,) but it really started all of this for me.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have several pieces framed and on display. The rest are tucked away in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Collecting has really changed for me over the past couple of years. Instead of loads of commissions, I find myself hunting for more meaningful (to me) pieces, favorites by favorites or even more published stuff. My want list has dwindled down to a realistic few I hope to acquire at some point. The list really just reads a couple of my favorite issue covers, and a short list of examples by favorite artists (William Stout, Alex Ross, and Tony Moore to name a few.)
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