1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a lawyer, 37 years old, living in Cebu City, Philippines. I just got married on May 2015 and to celebrate it I just had to own a cover of a comic with that cover date. Fittingly enough, I got a cover by Jill Thompson from the DC Convergence Nightwing series that depicted a wedding of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon.
I'm very meticulous with my CAF entries. Each one has long and well thought out descriptions, which in some cases even includes the artists' own commentary about the piece. I use up virtually my entire allocation for additional images since I post the art, published page, cover of the published page, and the framed art hanging in my wall.
I also draw in my spare time, but not professionally. When my country got hit by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in 2013, I put all my drawings I felt were decent enough for sale to give 100% of it to typhoon relief efforts. A couple of them have actually showed up in CAF collections, getting positive comments so a search of my name will reveal some results with my favorite being perhaps a Transformers #5 recreation I drew with Copic and Prismacolor markers that's in the collection of fellow premium member and Transformers superfan, Joe Sherman. Playing golf is one of my hobbies, hence the page where I post my art is jovigolf.deviantart.com. Some of the other stuff I drew for typhoon relief are there.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite is Super Powers (1985) Issue #6, Final Page. It's the last interior page ever drawn by the greatest comic artist ever which also features the alpha of all superheroes, Superman. I also have fond memories playing with the Kenner Super Powers toys. While Jack Kirby is more known for his Marvel work, I'm a DC guy so this is exactly what I want.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting original art since 2011. What prompted me to start was the idea of owning an original page from a comic I read as a kid because it would be one-of-a-kind, unlike a comic book where whatever I owned - someone else had a better copy that was slabbed and graded. I'm a very sentimental and nostalgic person so this hobby suits me well.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My collection is framed, matted in black, and hanging on my bedroom wall. I use glare-free glass which I recommend to all fellow collectors so that they won't see reflection of the light to intrude with the beauty of their pieces.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Most Wanted Pages (just a wishlist, don't think I can afford this):
1. Superman #316 Title Splash by Curt Swan - It's on CAF, owner's not selling it but I want it since it's dated October 1977 which is my birthday and deals with the heart, and I had heart surgery 20 years ago.
2. Batman & The Outsiders #27 cover by Alan Davis- the first comic I ever bought!
3. Legion of Super-Heroes 1984 Series Issue #38 Cover re-imagination by Steve Lightle Commission - This is just a pipedream since Lightle told me he doesn't do commissions. The original issue #38 cover as done by Bill Sienkiewicz, which wasn't so good since it had no bearing to the story inside it. I actually drew my own version of the cover (it's in my collection) and had the original interior inker Mike DeCarlo finish it. But reality is Lightle drew virtually all the covers before and after that issue, so I'd love to know what his take on that cover would have been.
4. Superman #1 cover 1987 by John Byrne - I just love this cover!
5. Rima #1 page 2-3 double page spread by Nestor Redondo - What an awesome vintage set of pages by a Filipino artist, and we are so fortunate the owner was generous enough to share this on CAF!
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