1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Gene Poonyo and I am a big fan of comics and comic artwork. I was exposed to the medium at a very early age: first it was the newspaper strips, then gradually moved up to the British cartoon anthologies such as Beano, Dandy, then to the Fleetway war comics, and then to these digest-sized Mad paperback books. Oh how I loved those legs by Wally Wood! Those were some exciting and fine times.
I was not introduced to DC and Marvel until I was in college. Was not a big fan of superheroes until I saw the black and white magazine-sized Silver Surfer by John Buscema. I was floored by how clean and powerful the figures and panels looked.
I worked at one of the semi conductor processing equipment suppliers as a mechanical designer but my secret dream is to become a comic book artist.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece in my gallery has to be the commission done by Clement Sauve just before his untimely death. He was such a good comic artist whose work never got exposed to a whole lot of the comic book readers. It was such a shame. I corresponded with him through e-mails but he treated me as though I've met him at a show. I regret that I never had the chance to meet him in person. I would like to thank my fellow Comic Art Fans Neil Hill and Michael Radeke for introducing me to Clement's work.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting original artwork around 1986 after making my first purchase during my very first San Diego Comic Con. It was a beautiful piece by Alex Niño done in markers with big, bold gobs of white tempera highlights. The page has conquistadors, villagers who practice cannibalism and nicely rendered foliage. That was the beginning of my journey to original comic art collecting.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Because of space constraint at my home most of my artwork resides in metal flat file drawers, inside portfolios, mostly Itoyas. For the oversized ones I covered them with vellum sheets and store them also in the larger flat file drawers.
For the ones I display on the wall, 90% of them are behind non-glare glass and all of them are framed.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The original artwork done for the first Hellboy print by Mike Mignola.
A Victor de la Fuente Fleetway war story page.
An Ashley Wood Automatic Kafka commission.
The front piece page to Alvar Mayor, Death and Silver, by Enrique Breccia.
A Claire Wendling page from her graphic novel Les Lumières de L'amalou or a Tim Bradstreet commission of Manfred Gallows.
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