1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a Marketing exec who's been working in the movie industry for 20 years. I spent most of my childhood in New York City but now live in Paris, France with my wife, our two kids, and our dog. I've been a fan of comics for as long as I can remember and I feel very lucky to have experienced 1986 as a 12 year-old comics fan.
After a long break during the 90s I've rekindled my passion for comics and still read dozens of them every month. I'm trying to get my kids on board but sadly they are more interested in Star Wars, Lego, and iPad games. However, I did manage to convert my wife to American comics and she's now as much a fan of Saga, Preacher, and Sin City as she was of Akira and Asterix.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's a near impossible question to answer as it changes every day. So instead of my favorite I'll just choose the one piece I was willing to get whatever the price. I really mean "whatever" as I grossly (and knowingly) overpaid but I have never regretted it for even one second. I absolutely HAD TO have it and there was zero replacement or alternative for that one: my Preacher "Until the end of time" title splash.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting for eight years after finding an eBay auction for a George Perez page. The whole experience of getting that page felt like I had found my way in a magical and mysterious land where I could find one of a kind treasures. I started buying everything that looked pretty and that wasn't too expensive. I didn't care if it was published or not. My budget limit soon increased exponentially and with it the need to choose more carefully. I then decided to own only one great example for each of my favorite artists. Upgrading meant reselling and I soon discovered I had a hard time letting go of the published pages as they seemed to me more unique and irreplaceable.
I'm now focusing on my favorite runs, I've found examples that I love for most of my checklist so I now consider myself semi-retired from the hobby. The insane prices I've seen recently on the better examples of most of the good series prevent me from broadening my list or trying to get a second example. I'm also running out of wall space!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
For me, if it's not worth framing, it's not worth owning. Getting each page has been such a crazy amount of passion, time, luck and money that I don't want to leave the result hidden in a portfolio. I want to see them every day to remind me how lucky I am (and I'm much too lazy to browse through a portfolio to do this). Also, there's nothing that I would enjoy more on my walls.
Thanks to this framing/owning rule, I've been able to resist much temptation and focus on my absolute favorite pages only.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Obviously, I'd love to someday become the caretaker of any of the pages in my CAF favorites gallery "I would love to buy/trade" but my top five are:
1) Another Frank Miller example with either Elektra, the Dark Knight or Sin City
2) A great piece from Ed Brubaker/Darwyn Cooke's Catwoman
3) George Perez Titans: "A" examples are so rare but I'm still hoping!
4) Splash or cover from Strangers in Paradise
5) John Byrne’s Fantastic Four
Finally, I can't let this opportunity go without saying a huge THANK YOU to my friends in this strange and mysterious community who have made all these years so fun and heartwarming. Years after years we're still in touch or even writing daily and, no matter if you're in other countries or continents, we're still bound by our friendship and this crazy hobby. Without you, this would just be about silly pieces of paper.
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