1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a first generation immigrant originally from Tallinn, Estonia. With my parents I immigrated to the United States in 1988 when I was 11 and I immediately discovered comic books and have been a fan ever since. They helped me learn English. I always collected something for as long I can remember. I love comic art and graphic storytelling, thus my subsequent collecting of comic art years later was an inevitable progression of my long admiration for the art form. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my wife and we are expecting our first child very shortly which I am very excited about. I work as the Director of the Unemployment Insurance Unit for NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It’s very hard for me to choose, but I would have to say the Alex Ross Green Hornet: Year One Issue# 1 cover. I am a huge Alex Ross and Green Hornet fan. Even though I love his Marvel and DC work, when I first saw that cover out of everything he has ever done, it's the one I really wanted. Years later my wish came true.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting around 2008. I found out that Dan Spiegle-one of my favorite (and very underrated) silver age artists was accepting commissions. He was also the original artist on the Gold Key Green Hornet series. That got my addiction started and I have been collecting ever since. Even before I always liked original comic art but unfortunately I could not really afford it. I wish I could have, because prices have really soared.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Mostly in Itoyas and portfolios. A few are framed and hung up like all my Alex Ross covers. I also have some others framed but I haven’t displayed them yet. I will though. I also collect comic statues and the display cases take up valuable wall space.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
It’s really hard to narrow it down to just 5 but here are some random ones.
Will Eisner title splash page (I can only dream)
Another James O'Barr page from the original Crow
A George Rozen pulp Shadow cover
Kelley Jones Batman cover, commission or even an interior page
Uncanny X-Men #277 cover by Jim Lee
An Alex Ross double page spread/splash or cover with lots of characters.
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