1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 39 year-old high school math teacher. I have been reading comics since the mid-1980s. I grew up on Marvel, but have given up on superhero books. I currently read Vertigo, Image, Dark Horse, and assorted indie publishers. Manhattan Projects is my favorite title, and I hope more issues are coming. I still read about thirty titles monthly, but have cut back somewhat as I recently got married and closed on a new home (in the same week!)
I am new to the convention scene. So far, I have been to Megacon Orlando, C2E2, and Boston Comic Con (twice). I would love to go to San Diego Comic Con, my wife used to live there, but tickets have been elusive so far. I'd also like to go to New York Comic Con, but that always seems to fall right at the start of the new school year.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece is the "Science Friends" Commission by Nick Pitarra. This was my first commission, and I absolutely loved how it turned out. Felix (Felix Comic Art, Nick's rep) brought the piece to C2E2 2015, and I was able to sit behind the table in artist alley as Nick drew the final characters. The piece came out so well that Felix had it turned into a print.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
After about a five year break from comics, I started reading again when Bedlam was released. I was hooked, and bought a couple of CGC books from eBay. As it turns out, the seller was Felix, and I became aware of his website. I had never even thought of original art before, but became a fan immediately. Though most of the Bedlam had been picked over, I was able to purchase several Manhattan Project pages. About a year and eight pages later, I was able to get on a commission list for Nick Pitarra. All in, I would say I have been collecting for about three years.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have most of my pieces professionally framed and matted with acid free backing and UV-protected glass. They are hanging in my "Man Cave." My less expensive pieces (and anything I haven't gotten around to getting framed yet) are stored in a professional art portfolio..
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Harrow County #15 Cover - Tyler Crook's homage to Norman Rockwell
Manhattan Projects #18 pages 8, 9, and 11 to finish the Westmoreland fight scene. (I own the other pages)
Any Paper Girls original published artwork. So far Cliff hasn't released any besides a couple of specialty pieces.
A Nick Dragotta full 11x17 Commission featuring my favorite East of West character Archibald Chamberlain.
Sandman #10 original artwork, first appearance of The Corinthian (okay, this one is a pipe dream)
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