1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a native New Yorker who works in Human Resources for a large catering company in the New York Metro area. I have a lovely wife and two great kids (a boy who is 4, and a girl who turns 3 in June). I wake up every day, get ready, and go to work. I go in do my job and then drive home again (ok now I sound like a Kinks song). On a serious note I really don't know what to share about myself. The best way to find out who I am and what makes me run is to track me down at a con. I love 'em, but don't get to as many as I would like. The one sure bet is that I'll be at Heroes this June and even better bet is that I will be a little tipsy at the art auction.
Here is one factoid about me. I have made my wife promise what to have engraved on my headstone. "Died at sea while saving one-legged, red-headed orphans."
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece; I don't even need to think about it. "Jungle Cat" by Brian Stelfreeze. Besides the sheer beauty of the art and the large size of the art it is the back story of how it hangs in my home that makes it the crown jewel for me. At the Baltimore Con, Brian had with him this wonderful piece of art. Robert Jewel, who handles the sales of Brian's originals, was shopping the piece looking for a home for it. I was one of two people it came down to. I really didn't have the cash on me to pay for it. I had to call my wife and borrow the money from her. Normally that is not a bad thing to do, but what makes it bad is that I called her on her birthday. I had left her to go to the con. Yes, I know I am a horrible person. Anyway Jungle Cat went home with me. To this day I don't even know creation story of the art. If you look closely the woman is wearing a college ring. There is some hidden meaning there known only to Mr. Stelfreeze.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I blame my older cousin for my collecting habits. I started like everyone getting comics as a young boy. I collected for years went to the New York area shows and only bought books (no art) then I stopped right before the fallout happened in the 90s. I was very lucky and had sold my collection right before lost it's value. I stayed away for years but came back because of the WB Stores. I still remember walking the WB for the first time and seeing my first Alex Ross. I guess this was around 2000. I bought the glicees they produced and then moved up to the major leagues in late 2001 and switched to original art collecting. Not a long time but I have been lucky with some of the pieces that I have been able to obtain and the people who I have met.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a nice selection of pieces framed in my spare room. I have my two largest Notos, Jungle Cat, and my Ross. Basically the art that it would be a shame to not have displayed. I also have a man cave where a lot more art is hung. Then like everyone else I store my collection in 13x19 portfolios. Before the art goes into the portfolio it first is stored in a mylar holder.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The top five. Might as well swing for the fences with this one.
A) I would love to have a true Alex Ross commission of The World's Finest. No one captures those two iconic characters like he does.
B) An Adam Hughes fully rendered 11x17 pencil nude. I don't think I need to explain this one.
C) John Romita Jr. Wolverine Superman as long as it is full figure with background.
D) A large format John Byrne commission of the Justice League. Byrne was comic books for me when I was growing up.
E) To be determined....
I am a person much like everyone else out there who is part of this great site. I love comic art and comic have been a part of my life since I was a child.
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