1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jarrod. I'm 35 years old and live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I work as a Technical Manager for a data center company in Tulsa. I'm fortunate that the job I have allows me to do things like go to conventions and converse with artists and purchase art. I also have a weekly podcast with my buddy Nick called Gather the Nerds where we talk about just about anything you can get nerdy about, including original comic art.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
My favorite piece is actually not a published work. In 2014, I took my father to New York Comic Con as a fun father/son trip. It was his first convention and my first time at one of the big two shows. During that show I met the artist Jeremy Haun, purchased several pages and learned that he was from Joplin, which is only about 90 minutes from where I live. Two weeks after the show, my father suddenly passed away. Because we were so wrapped up in the convention, there was not a single picture of my father and I together at the show. I emailed Jeremy and asked if I sent him individual pictures, would he be willing to take on a commission of putting me and my dad together at the show in a drawing and have it ready for the 2015 NYCC as I was planning to take my mother. Despite what I thought would happen, he accepted the commission. I didn't see the completed piece until a couple days before the show and it's a masterpiece in every way. I've been lucky enough to acquire some great pieces over the years, but there isn't a single page in my collection that comes close to the value that piece has for me personally.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first pages a few years ago at Denver Comic Con. I was wandering around Artist Alley when I ended up at Ty Templeton's table. He had a few portfolios out of the old Batman Adventures comic based on Batman: The Animated Series. As a die-hard fan of the series and the fact that the pages were reasonably priced, I bought 3 pages and it was all over from there. Since then, I purchased dozens upon dozens of pages and commissioned various versions of Batman from an amazing group of artists. I'm always excited when I get my hands on a page from a book that I read long before I knew you could purchase the art. My favorites are ones from iconic stores like Hush, Long Halloween, Knightfall, Batman Adventures and others. More recently I've picked up pages from newer books like Dark Knight III: Master Race, The Beauty and some of Meghan Hetrick's work from Batman: Eternal as well as a variant cover of The Beauty.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few pages displayed under museum glass with their corresponding books and pages as well as other displayed indvidual pages and commissions. For some of my more valuable pieces, what is actually displayed is a high resolution scan/print reproduction (with artist permission, of course) with the original safely stored somewhere else. I do have a room dedicated solely to displaying the art, statues and other random collectibles I've acquired over the years.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Jim Lee Batman Commission
Batman and Robin #37 Cover
Batman Adventures #1 Cover
Any Page out of Batman #497 or #500
Any Page out of Batman Adventures #12
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