1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a lifelong comic reader. My folks were from Poland, immigrated to Canada in the 60s, and I was born shortly thereafter. My mom figured the best way for me to learn how to speak English in our Polish speaking home was Sesame Street on television and reading comics. So my first comic was bought for me when I was three years old.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Currently my favorite piece of art is an original painting done of my favorite character, Captain Canuck. The piece was done by Richard Comely, one of the creators of Captain Canuck and the artist of the first issues.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I came to collecting original art by first accumulating a few original sketch pieces from artists at conventions. Sometime around 2004 I found an artist at a convention and they had a portfolio of original pages for sale. This really interested me. My favorite part of seeing these large pages is the detail, the corrections and the editor notes. I have a Captain America splash page which features a fellow lifting weights and working out. In the original art you can clearly see the fellow was originally drawn topless and a t-shirt was added on afterwards.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my original art rotates on an infrequent schedule within some frames I have hanging in my "man cave" basement. The theme this year has been Captain Canuck since a revitalization of the character has happened and new books have been published.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I would absolutely love to get some original art or commissions from some of my favorite artists Neal Adams, Mike Grell, and George Freeman. In the meantime I have a few signed prints they have done. I have some fantastic original Justice League pages from Kevin Maguire and recently purchased some amazing Captain Canuck pages from the new comic drawn masterfully by Leonard Kirk.
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