1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 48 years old Belgian guy (French part). I used to work as a screenwriter and director in the movie business. My two passions in life have always been cinema and comics, but I also love animals, cherry pie and women (in that order).
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I choose to present a piece from André Franquin, who's very famous, equal to Hergé, but from a different graphic school. Hergé represents "ligne claire", Franquin is from "the Marcinelle school", but none of those authors can be ignored by authentic comic art fans.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've started to collect many years ago 3D collectibles from French and US comic book universe and I was so happy then. Unfortunately, a friend brought me to a comic art gallery and I bought my first original six years ago: it was a painting from Dave Mc Kean, a tribute to Fritz Lang movie: M. Today, it’s official: the children I don't have won't inherit a penny from me, but I hope those bastards love comic art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I've got an important collection so not enough walls at home. In that case, I do what anybody would do in my position: I will open next year in Brussels a huge art gallery, dedicated to our mutual passion, with an educational and entertaining angle of view. A nice place to visit. Kids welcome!
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
a) Brian Bolland/Alan Moore: "The Killing Joke"
b) Any page from "Idées Noires" from Belgian comic master André Franquin
c) A Joker/Batman page from Neal Adams
d) Any strip or Sunday page from "Calvin and Hobbes"
e) Any page who could drive mad another collector I envy (It’s a joke, of course, but, for the record, he's the one who started...)
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