1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am an entrepreneur at heart. I migrated to California from France in the late 80s and successively started a 3D graphics software publisher, a seed venture fund and, most recently, a traditional card and boardgame publishing house.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I grew up reading French-Belgian style comics in the late 60s - 70s so my favorite authors tend to be from that era. Franquin's album cover of "L'héritage" is particularly dear to my heart - I didn't much enjoy the (much older) pieces in that album compilation, but fell in love with that cover when I was a kid, so getting a chance to now see it every day when I raise my eyes from my desk is a real treat!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started small, in the late 90s, buying a direct color piece of Ségur - Légende des contrées oubliées from Daniel Maghen, now a well known French galerist, back when he was selling illustrations out of a small apartment on rue de rennes in Paris. My acquisitions became more substantial over time, in parallel with the increased accessibility of art galleries and auction houses on the web.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
On the walls of my home office, bedroom and library. Space is now at a premium, which isn't a bad thing as it's helped me focus on premium pieces particularly close to my heart.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
A top page from Uderzo's Astérix, esp. one from Astérix in Corsica or Astérix in Switzerland; I've been patiently waiting for the past 5+ years for the right piece to come available; the cover of Tillieux' La Voiture Immergée, unfortunately not for sale in the super collection of another CAF member; the page #1 of the same album, that sold at a French auction several years ago, that I missed because at the time you could only place absentee bids, not live bids over the internet; a great page from Mitacq's Jacques Legall and one from Loisel's Roxanna and the Quest for the Time bird.
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