1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in the 80s in Germany. Since I can remember I’ve been an avid fan of cartoons, comic books, and movies, especially everything Batman. As a little kid I watched the reruns of the 1966 Batman series starring Adam West. From that moment I was totally hooked! My father bought me the Corgi Batmobile in a peddlers market and I started collecting toys and comic books. Because we did not have much Bat-Stuff in Germany my auntie who lived in Israel sent me a lot of toys. At that time Tim Burton’s Batman kindled a fire for movie-art in me and later I studied film and media design.
After that I began working as a graphic artist for television, made some short movies which ran in festivals (one was also released on a DVD by Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, The International, etc.)) and became a VFX artist, starting as an intern for the Oscar winning CGI-Company Pixomondo where I later worked on Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. However, because my father had no successor for his building company (its main focus is on painting and decorating) and I didn’t want to see our company in the hands of strangers I returned, completed my master’s degree, and became an economist.
I live with my wife and my one year old daughter a good life in a Smallville-like suburb. It seems all normal, until you open the door to my Batcave...
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
That´s hard! Which of your children is your favorite…? Well, I choose Paul Gulacy´s Legends of the Dark Knight 11 Cover for the following reasons: When I was a kid it was my third Batman comic book (in Germany they used this cover for the trade paperback of the “Prey” storyline, which was my first TPB). I think “Prey,“ written by Doug Moench, is one of the best and one of the most exciting stories ever, it´s my first Original Cover Art and the design is just pure perfection.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
As a young adult I realized something almost untouchable can be available: Original Comic Art! It was possible to possess a piece of comic book history? Amazing! I bought my first piece around 2008, it was a page from The Long Halloween. I have to admit that I sold it because I’m looking for another Long Halloween page which fits better into my collection. The first commission I bought was an ink-washed Batman on a Gargoyle by Tim Sale. Last year I found out coincidentally that it was published in a Tripwire Magazine. It´s one of my favorite pieces.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I turned one room in my house into an exhibition room. The first thing you see when you enter is a huge aluminum panel showing the young Bruce Wayne swearing his oath (scan from Detective Comics #33 1939). With my collection I want to tell a dramaturgic story, guiding chronological through the history of Batman showing all the different interpretations and artists, starting in 1939. The guiding thread of my collection is the Black & White line. Here I display Batman: Black & White statues on a pedestal in composition with a commission of the corresponding artist, which is hanging on the wall behind them. Some commissions match the pose of the statue, some have a totally different pose but also harmonize perfectly with the statue.
It’s important to me that the commissions reflect the essence of an artist and the heyday of his creative work on Batman. Those commissions are framed with a thin line of a black matte and a wider white matte overhead. Next to those commissions are hanging framed comic books of the respective artists and in some cases original pages, which are framed with a white mat. I frame covers with a black matte. I also collect toys, items from the Batman-movies and Animation art. Very important for the presentation / staging of my collection is the right use of light and shadow. It´s all about light and shadow. All about Black & White… with some colors and as variety some shrill colors of the 60s! Call me crazy, but my dream is to open a Batman-Museum one day.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Neither a page nor commission: It’s the Storyboard of the opening sequence from Batman: The Animated Series“
A Long Halloween page featuring Batman, Gordon, and Harvey Dent
Batman #520 Cover by Kelley Jones
Full body Batman drawing by Bob Kane
Commissions of every artist with a Black & White statue
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