1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm an architect, I like very much drawing and possibly that's one of the reasons why I love so much Comic Art and Illustration. I'm Italian, but since the beginning I didn't reduce my reading to Italian comics (for example the series published by Bonelli and Corno, such as Tex, Alan Ford, etc.). I almost grew up with Popeye, Disney, Bande Dessinée and Marvel stories, and I've to admit that I mainly learned other languages than Italian thanks to my passion for comics, preferring reading always in original version. After having accumulated tons of comics during long years, the next "natural" step to me was jumping to Comic Art collecting.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
The favourite piece in my CAF Gallery is a big strip by the Italian great Disney artist Luciano Bottaro, featuring Scrooge fighting with duck-morphed sacks of money. It's a strip created when euro currency was introduced in Europe. Quite prophetic, if we read the gag (Scrooge, the game is over!). Bottaro, together with a couple of others, is my favourite Disney artist. I love his way of deforming, stretching and re-inventing the canon of ducks’ family. Regarding the strip, I like very much the gag, the balance between blacks and whites, and the strength of the characters. (Editor's note: Due to space constraints the alternate image attached is Wolverine #50 p9 by Simone Bianchi)
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting Comic Art in the early Nineties’, focusing on Art by the Italian artists Stano, Alessandrini and Mari. Also few very nice Disney pieces entered in my collection at that time.
Then, having started living abroad and traveling a lot, it became much more difficult to me being present in the conventions and I stopped collecting during almost a decade. But I couldn’t eternally keep low the fewer… Around eight years ago I started again, buying by internet and also finding the time for going to the conventions. As previously already written, I like very much drawing. Definitely, I think that my passion for drawing is the main reason for my compulsive collecting.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Around forty pieces of the collection are rigorously framed and they're always smiling to me from home's walls. Obviously I almost got crazy when I had to decide which ones deserve to be displayed... The same when I finally had to define the precise order and the type of frame, glass, etc. The biggest part of the collection is stored in special furniture, each artwork protected and organized in apposite order.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
It's extremely difficult to me pointing out specific pieces I'd like to have in collection. First of all, because I’m pretty realistic and I know that certain grails are far beyond my possibilities.
It's obvious I'd like to have in my hands THAT fantastic strip from Calvin & Hobbes series, but I think it won’t happen. In addition to that reason, I guess that, after having reached a first grail, fewer of collecting would push me for more and more. That’s very typical, no? It's like with the LAST cigarette, which is always the very LAST one.
I prefer pointing out those artists whose works (or works from certain periods and series) I'd certainly always love to find on my walls: Barks, Segar, Herriman, Uderzo, Toppi, Kirby, Romita Jr... They are too many and I’m only one! If we exclude very few exceptions based on a background of special relationship with the artist, I don't like commissions.
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