1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Greg Covell, I live in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, I'm 32 years old. I've been working as a travel agent for the last five years and love the opportunities for travel that it affords me, and the pay helps me with my hobbies. I was an avid comic book collector as a child, and never failed to pick up the latest issues of X-Men, Punisher, Spawn and Spider-Man! My favorite artists back in the day were Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Art Adams, and Marc Silvestri.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Oddly enough, it's one of my cheaper pages. I'd have to say that the one page I could look at for hours is Brett Booth's fantastic work on X-Men Unlimited Issue 25, Page 10. It's an all-out brawl between Wolverine and Alpha Flight. Brett's art draws a lot of influence from Jim Lee, but is distinctive enough that you look at his art and know instantly that it's one of his pages. I actually picked it up from Mario Puentes, who was nice enough to sell it to me after, admittedly, a lot of pestering on my part. I'm a Wolverine nut, so anything that has him scrapping is automatically going to hold a special spot in my collection. Cedric Nocon's Wetworks cover is pretty close, but Sal Regla's inks on the X-men page really pop!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting since March of 2008, so I'm still a newbie. I've been a huge fan of Transformers, and actually have a pretty sizeable collection of sealed G1 figures, and was collecting avidly until I managed to fill the room dedicated to my endless pursuit of lifetime debt. Basically the only option left for me was to buy a bigger house or find a hobby that wouldn't occupy an entire room. I was doing some spring cleaning and discovered 3 longboxes filled with my old X-Men comics. I pulled out most of the X-Men titles and gradually read them over a span of a couple weeks. I got to Jim Lee's run on X-Men and suddenly the light came on: "Why don't I pick up some of Jim's pages from his run on X-Men and Punisher? They were about $100/page when I was a kid, they can't be more than $200-300 now". I did a quick google search and upon discovering the CAF website, realized that I had to downscale my ambitions slightly.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
First, I seal the page in an airtight container, wrap it in toilet paper and duct tape. Then I put it in a safe, bury it 10 feet underground, and shoot the guy that sold me the safe, so no one will suspect that I have valuables in my house. I'm totally kidding. I have no wall space as a result of my Transformers collection, so I haven't framed any pages yet. I keep my pages in Art portfolios. Although comic art looks incredible in a frame, I'm holding off on framing till I have a grail page.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
That's pretty easy. Price being no question of course, I'd want the Art Adams cover to Classic X-Men #1, The final page of Punisher Issue 9, where Microchip's cradling his dead son (Kwan has that one - I've been too broke to pry that one from him), Jim Lee's "Bad Night for Ninjas" (on here for mid-five figures right now), Mike Zeck's cover for his "Return To Big Nothing" graphic novel (given to a CAF member as a wedding present) and for my last pipe dream, well... just about any of McFarlane's covers from Spider-Man #1-10.
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