1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a 26 year old Canadian who enjoys meat, comics, and lifting heavy things. I collect modern comic artwork exclusively. The only thing I love more than comics is my wife, and the only thing I love more than my wife is Jesus.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
This monstrous splash from Greg Capullo & Scott Snyder’s Batman: Court of Owls, which features a drugged, towering Batman shaking off the Court of Owls in a rabid fit of hallucinative rage. This is my favourite page from my most loved story in all of comics – very grateful to own this piece.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Not too long. About four years ago, I picked up my first convention sketch of Batman from Jason Fabok. Coincidentally, I believe it was his first convention sketch as well. If a signature was impressive to me, how incredible would a sketch be? Since then, I collected a few more con sketches and doodles, but nothing too significant. At the time, it didn’t really register with me that I could own more.
The prices, which were significant to me at this time, were also a deterrent. One of the first pieces of comic art that really blew me away was Esad Ribic’s cover painting to Thor: God of War #1 and #2. I remember seeing a $3,000 Canadian price tag on this—my jaw dropped and I kept walking. What an idiotic move! Fast forward two years and I received my first, full-painted commission by the incredible Chris Stevens. It was this Batman vs. Talon & The Court of Owls piece, for which I waited two years.
And so began the black hole that is comic collecting. Since then, I’ve amassed a collection I’m very happy with, and am now trying to take it slow, picking up only what I love most, and believe I will regret years later if I were to pass up on. The temptation is real, but alas – there will always be another piece, and I am content with the collection I have.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Typically framed and on the wall. I have my pieces custom-framed to museum standards with archival materials and practices, so to best preserve the art while enjoying it the best I can.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
All of these are out of my price range or are simply unavailable, but a guy can dream!
A cover from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Court of Owls.
Batman #1 cover by Greg Capullo. At $50,000, that ain’t happening.
Batman #31 cover by Greg Capullo & Danny Miki.
The Dark Knight #1 variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto. I was close to owning this one, and at a later time tracked down the current owner. Great guy with no intention to sell.
A classic Spider-Man or Daredevil cover, or cover-quality commission by Gabriele Dell’Otto.
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