1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am the proud father of two girls, Molly (9) and Abigail (5), and live with my wife Bonnie in suburban NJ. I have a Ph.D. in neuropsychology from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana and enjoy using it. But I enjoy spending it on original art even more. I even work at a private practice as a 2nd job for original art money. Other than that, I love to golf.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I hate to pick one piece, but TODAY it would have to be the Simon Bisley commission of Doctor Strange being attacked by the Mindless Ones, with regrets to Dan Green, Dave Sim, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Harris (the Doc cover image), Andy MacDonald, JHW3, Seth Fisher, and more. I expected reckless Biz, and got a technical masterpiece but still every bit full of that Bisley manic energy, at least as far as I can tell with an untrained eye. But it is really special when you take it all in. The McKeever commission I got last month is up there as well for the same reason.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I am not sure how long it has been. I remember being amazed stumbling across Comic Buyers Guide in the late 1980s and seeing that creators attended conventions. I became obsessed with getting comics signed at cons. Then one of several things happened; Paul Ryan was sketching on backing boards at a NYC con and did a great Reed Richards for me-arm stretching across the back of the board. Michael Bair painted Bloodshot (really Doc Savage as Mike confessed) on the back of a comic for me unasked when all I wanted was a signed comic-and was even po'ed that it would take forever to dry until he finished and it was like magic but real. Perhaps it was a Jill Thompson Sandman page I bought in a silent auction out of CBG for $125 while in college without having any grasp of where $125 would materialize, or a job, but it did. Don't ask. I still have the page. Delirium to Destiny: "Do you know why I stopped being Delight, my brother? I do. There are things not in your book. There are paths outside this garden. You would do well to remember that." Destiny: "It is... refreshing... to see you so collected." One of those things, and the others shortly thereafter, got me going. However I didn't become insane in the membrane until eBay and Starman pages from Scott Eder became part of my life on a regular basis. I probably bought 50-100 pieces in my first decade and 400 in the decade after that. Those were the days.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
99.9% is in Itoyas, 2 Cerebus pages are self framed poorly but never in direct light.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
You get 2 answers here: realistic and dream, real grail-type things. Real grails would be the Michael Golden Dr. Strange portfolio cover, a prime page of Steve Ditko Doc interdimensional goodness, John Buscema Silver Surfer #4 cover, the Todd McFarlane Hulk/Wolverine poster art, you know the one with Hulk reflected in Wolverine's claws, and Bullseye killing Elektra from Daredevil #181.
But in my life, things I might actually own someday? My answer is the double page spread of Dr. Strange by P. Craig Russell in the Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, the Barry Windsor-Smith Dr. Strange that Scott Williams now owns (I know there is no chance, but it exists and presumably would cost less than my house so I am including it), a Ronin page, a Barry Windsor-Smith Conan page or perhaps painting, and since I am a big commission guy, a Chris Bachalo Dr. Strange commission, or the 5-7 page Doc Spider-Man sequence from this years Amazing Spider-Man #555 in lieu of that!!! Sorry for the cheats in the answers, but nothing is straightforward in this world and there is time to kill today.
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