1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am the founder of Dallas Comic Con which operated under several names over its 20+ years. Back before eBay, and at the birth of the internet. It grew into a monster and I sold the company in 2014 to Fan Expo. That year I started collecting heavily and since have amassed more than 100 original paintings in the last two years.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Picking a favorite is like picking a favorite child. If forced to pick, I'd lean towards my Drew Struzan Indiana Jones Crystal Skull final art piece. It was used as the 'Advance' poster, and the image appeared on lots of toy and clothing merchandising too. I'm told by Drew, it's the only Indiana Jones final key art not owned by George Lucas. So the fact that it ever became available is incredible to me.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art over the last decade or more, but began seriously chasing the art in 2014. Key pieces started to fall into place and were offered to me. At NYCC a few years back, I found a flyer advertising the final Hildebrandt art for 'Clash of the Titans' that was available at a local gallery so I literally dropped everything to go look at it (and buy it).
'Clash of the Titans' represented my first real purchase of movie poster art an incredible start with such a recognizable Hildebrandt painting. Since then, I've been hooked on movie art. I find it as desirable as others find comic book covers. With tens of thousands of movie posters cranked out to promote a movie everyone sees it, but there is only one original painting.
My desire to buy more poster art eventually landed me at Drew Struzan's doorstep. A chance visit that has turned into a great friendship, and that visit has opened up a entirely new path for me to pull me out of retirement.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
In 2018, I will open a Pop Culture art gallery (Galactic Gallery) in the north Dallas area that specializes in all the comic and film art that we enjoy so much. I've bought the land, I'm just waiting on city planning to break ground.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
As far as pieces I'm still chasing. I visit the Alex Ross booth every year at SDCC. I really like his and Bill Sienkiewicz's work and look forward to seeing what they bring to the show.
I'd love to find a 'Sinbad' movie painting - specifically 'Eye of the Tiger'. A Battlestar Galactica movie poster would look nice next to my Frank Frazetta Battlestar Attack piece too.
As far as comic art goes, I'd love to own a Dave Stevens cover. He was a good friend of my dad's and he is missed.
That's about it I guess. If there are any movie poster leads, I can be reached here on CAF or at ben(at)galacticgallery.com.
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