1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Alex, and I'm 44 years old; I was born and still live in a city called Hildesheim in Germany. I love my sweet wife Steffi and our cat and I work as a controller for a small bank in Hannover. I still love the Walt Disney and Carl Barks comics from my own childhood and my favorite comic artist is the great Don Rosa. I'm a member of the German Carl Barks fan organization called D.O.N.A.L.D. and I love to keep in contact with other Duckburg comic art friends, fans, and collectors and I like to trade comics and comic art with them.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece of comic art is the complete story Uncle Scrooge - The Old Castle's Other Secret or A Letter from Home by the great Don Rosa. I personally think, this is the loveliest story with the Ducks, showing us more about Uncle Scrooge's feelings than any other story. Maybe Carl Barks was a better comic artist, but as he told us, he only wanted to do a good job. And Carl Barks did a great job, but when I look at Don's stories, I can feel his own love and enthusiasm for Carl Barks characters and Duckburg which makes me happy. That's the difference. If you like to see the complete original art from my favorite comic story, it's a real pleasure for me to invite you to enjoy it on my personal homepage.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art only a few years ago, on October 7, 2010. My first piece is a Gus Goose sketch which Don Rosa was so kind to draw for me on a signing tour in Germany. Working in banking for nearly 25 years, I am not inspired for financial products. I prefer spending my money for something I really love. I love and prefer comic art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I store nearly my whole comic art collection in high quality portfolios. As something I love to collect, I protect it as best I can. I purchase a light box when hanging art on the walls of my home and our office. And whenever I have the time, I redraw a piece of Don Rosa's comic art in a bigger size of 70 x 100 cm. I'm very slow and need about 100 hours for each page, but I enjoy it. And my friends and colleagues like my naive drawings and in the end I give them away. Actually, I think they like me and not my drawings.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. A complete chapter from Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. I think I would prefer the first chapter: Uncle Scrooge - The Last of the Clan McDuck.
2. A nice page from Don Rosa’s Uncle Scrooge - The Quest For Kalevala.
3. A beautiful page from any of Don Rosa’s 68 other stories, which are still missing in my collection.
4. The title page from the great Romano Scarpa’s Paperino e la farfalla di Colombo.
5. As many other pages as possible from the great Romano Scarpa’s Paperino e la farfalla di Colombo.
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