1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Dublin, Ireland and work at a Government clerical job processing medical certificates which is not the most interesting work but pays the bills. And it leaves enough to support my hobbies which include reading, watching good films, drawing, and painting.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece of artwork in my gallery is a Brian Bolland Judge Dredd page from a story called Punks Rule. It is the one piece of artwork I would grab if the house ever went up in flames as I love it so much. Judge Dredd has had some fantastic stories and artwork over the years but this story is one of the high points for me.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been reading comic books since 1977 which is a very long time ago even to me. I got my first piece of original art in the early 1990s when I visited my sister Laura in London and saw some artwork for sale in a comic shop there. It looked so much better than the printed version I had to get it. It was a Marshal Law page which cost me the huge amount of £60.00 which was most of my holiday spending money. I bought a few other pages on other holidays but had to wait until I finally got a computer in 2001 and found out there was art for sale on eBay and the road to financial ruin began as it’s an addictive hobby. Its very hard to turn down a chance at artwork. Unlike the comics there is only one piece in the world so if you like it and do not go for it you may not ever get it.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Since my walls were already covered with paintings and drawings before starting collecting comic art I have to admit to only having two pieces of comic art on the walls due to lack of space. All the others are in folders which I look at far too much. At least they will not get sunlight damage!
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My top five pages which I do not have would include the next page from the Bolland "Punks Rule" story, a nice Bolland Judge Death page, John Bolton’s Marada Royal Hunt splash of which I did a recreation, Mike McMahon’s Judge Dredd 2000AD cover with the "Who’s next, punk?" quote on it of which I did a recreation, and finally another page by Garry Leach from the same episode of Miracleman from which I already have a page. There are heaps more I would like but since I cannot afford them will not even get into Silver Age Marvel artwork I would like unless someone wants to give me a present of early Steve Ditko Spider-Man (a page from issue 4 with Sandman and Spidey would be great) or a Jack Kirby or Neal Adams’ X-Men.
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