1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up a comic book and Spider-Man lover. I work in television. I am a film enthusiast. I taught film studies for a few years, have written about films and music for various publications and I have a fun and nostalgic podcast about movies called Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers. I am also currently finishing an interview-based book about horror movie music called "Scored to Death," which should be available this time next year and I have a gigging band in New York City.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I'm sure every collector knows this is a bit of an impossible question to answer, but since I have to pick just one, I am going to choose my John Byrne "Epic Battle" cover commission, simply because it was my brain-child and it was amazing giving that idea to a legendary artist like Byrne and seeing it filtered through his perspective. As I suggest in the image's description on CAF, it is a tribute to my much younger self.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Well, really in a sense, I've been doing it my whole life. As a child, I always had posters of superheros on my walls, a classic Mike Zeck Punisher poster I had for years immediately comes to mind. Also, my favorite part about going to conventions when I was a kid was having an artist draw an original picture just for me. That's where it started, but I became a serious collector in 2012 when I worked on the TV series Comic Book Men. Seeing the items that came through the door of the Secret Stash peaked my interest and I also went to New York Comic Con that year, because I got a pass through work. My collection actually started with a piece on animation art that I purchased at that convention, but that was a very quick gateway into the wild world of collecting comic book art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have many of my pieces framed and hanging on my walls, but seeing how I live in a tiny apartment in NYC, sadly most off my more recent pieces are stored in portfolio books.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Of course there are dream pieces that I will never be able to afford, so I'm not sure those are worth mentioning. On a slightly more realistic note, off the top of my head...
1. I would love to own a cover or splash from Mike Zeck's "Kraven's Last Hunt" run on Web of Spider-Man, because collecting is mostly about nostalgia for me and that was a big series for me as a kid.
2. I have some storyboards, but I've seen some very cool conceptual art that Mike Ploog did for John Carpenter's The Thing, that I'd like to acquire.
3. I would love to eventually get a Steranko commission of The Shadow.
4. Batman the Animated Series was a big thing for me growing up, so I would love to get more into collecting Bruce Timm's stuff.
5. Most of all, I'd like to one day own a John Romita Spider-Man cover or splash. I will never be able to afford a really iconic Romita cover, but I'd would like to eventually add something in that vein to my collection.
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