1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mid-aged, happily married father of two boys, Joss (age 8) and Atticus (age 5). A former prosecutor, I eventually left government service and founded the general practice firm Garrett, Walker and Aycoth.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece? Impossible, as they are all tied up in memories and friendships forged. I would have to use the best example of such friendships, with my John Romita Jr. commission. Friendship made that one happen, and meeting the artist - well, how often does one of your heroes measure up to your heroic standard? JrJr is not only one of the nicest, most generous individuals I have ever met, but his kindness is equaled by that of his wife and parents. Such great people!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting in 2008 - no idea why it took me so long! Almost gave the hobby up after running into some of the negativity associated with a minority of our fellow collectors, but luckily great friends made along the way brought me back in. Some of the nicest people I have ever met have been artists - Alan Davis, Terry and Robyn Moore, Todd Nauck, the Dodsons, Adi Granov, Mike McKone, Jim Cheung, the list is endless. And of course, one of the truest friends I have ever known, Barry Kitson, who is always the standard of gentleman artists and lasting friendship. It's tough to make friends as a "grown-up," but this hobby has led to some of the greatest friendships I have ever had, most that began while standing in a long line!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most are in folders, a few specially framed. I have a large wall of shelves built to display and mix in and out about 20-30 pieces as the mood strikes (mixed in now with my kids' artwork of course). These days I try to focus on "slice of life" artwork, and especially "girls (or guys) reading," a great theme that allows the artists to use their imagination and not be limited by their normal super-hero day jobs. Those pieces I feel very lucky to get, and so I immediately frame them. Someday I'll display them on the walls of a bookshop I hope to one day open.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
In no order whatsoever:
1) A "Girl Reading" piece by Jim Cheung
2) A John Byrne Commission
3) A Classic John Romita Jr. Spider-Man Cover
4) An Alan Davis Excalibur Cover
5) A "Girl Reading" piece by any artist inspired by the freedom of the theme!
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