1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a western Canadian kid. Born and raised in the Saskatchewan Prairies, now living and working in the home of Todd McFarlane, Riley Rossmo, and Fiona Staples - Calgary, Alberta. I work full-time in the oil industry with aspirations of becoming a full-time comics writer. I currently have a number of projects on the go, with hopes of publishing them in mid-2017.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
This is a tough one, but I have to go with the cover to Ghost Rider #12 by Gabriele Dell'Otto. After a bit of a hiatus from comics collecting, I was reinvigorated in my university years and this was one of the covers that ignited my passion for the hobby, and to me, really showed how amazing this medium can be. There is such an amazing stable of Italian comic book artists (Manara, Serpieri, Mattina, Caselli, Camuncoli, Pichelli, etc) and Gabe is the absolute top of the mountain for me as a collector. Just to be able to see a fully realized painted cover from Dell'Otto in person is such a thrill to be able to have one in my collection, it really is indescribable!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting since 2010. I've been collecting comics for years and I actually attended my first convention in 2009 in Calgary. This was where I first discovered original art and commissions. I was enthralled with the process. Seeing covers and pages that were put into print, and seeing professional artists drawing characters at the request of the collector...amazing. Not being prepared financially to buy any original art or commissions at the show was disappointing, but I was prepared for the Calgary convention in 2010, where I was able to purchase a beautiful Batman commission by the insanely talented, and impeccably courteous, Francesco Mattina. I fell down the rabbit hole after that!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Mostly in big portfolios, simple storage and ease of access. I occasionally go to the framers and put some of my favorite items on display. I have my first ever piece of art hanging in my living room in a professional frame. I'll be doing the same with the Dell'Otto Cover. As much as I enjoy displaying my collection, I also enjoy storing them in the big Itoya portfolios, then perusing through them a few nights a week.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Since I'm a massive Punisher fan, most of my want list includes Punisher items.
First and foremost, I would love to have Jerome Opena's Cover to The Punisher #2. Opena is one of the most brilliant minds in comics today and I always thought this Punisher cover was sheer perfection.
I'm attempting to land a John Romita Jr. Punisher: War Zone Splash Page right now. Romita's Punisher is the first Punisher I ever read and I think his work on the character is his absolute finest work and THE definitive Punisher.
Any Punisher Cover or Splash by Jorge Zaffino, these are insanely rare and very difficult to get your hands on, but Zaffino was such a brilliant artist and really seemed to pave the way for a grittier style of artist (Sean Gordon Murphy, Jock).
I'd also like to land a painted page or cover from Gabe Dell’Otto’s X-Force: Sex and Violence Series, some of his best work in my opinion.
Lastly, I'd love to be able to land a full figure commission from Steve McNiven. He doesn't do a ton of con sketches or commissions these days but landing a full figure piece from him would definitely be a top five get for me.
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