1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well to make it simple, I'm a thirty-three year-old, recently engaged advertising/internet marketing entrepreneur from Long Island New York. Aside from re-reading 70s and 80s Marvel Comics I play tournament wiffle-ball, tournament chess, and bass guitar.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece of art in my collection would have to be the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #323 by Todd McFarlane. You see Spidey was always a favorite as a child reader and as an adult I’ve kind of developed an affinity for Captain America (I guess Cap's values and ideals are better appreciated by one with a bit more life experience... haha). The fact that the piece has a huge image of the two, by my favorite artist makes it an easy choice.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I acquired my first piece of original art in December of 2006. I guess being a nostalgic guy (to a fault sometimes) with a collecting bug, the transition from Comics and Vintage Toys to OA was a natural one. Some (very) modest professional success didn't hurt either. The true spark though, was actually Todd McFarlane’s work on Spider-Man. I had always admired his take on the character and being a 13 year-old collecting nut in 1989 certainly didn't hurt either. One day I was poking around the web looking to see if I could find any of his originals and I believe a Google search led me to a CAF gallery. The rest as they say is history (and an expensive one at that, haha!)
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
As far as storage is concerned I have my pieces mylared, boarded and packed in Itoya folios. The folios are stored in a hard-shell art briefcase of sorts I ordered through Mark McDermott's website. Every week or so I sneak the folios out and spent some quality time with my prized possessions.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Wow my top 5 most wanted pieces! Well with the economy being what it is I’m not sure if any of these will happen in the near future but here goes.
I would like one more QUALITY McFarlane Spider-Man cover, a Frankenstein Plate with the monster, a Gulacy Master of Kung-Fu Cover, a definitive Barry Windsor Smith piece and the page #1 splash to issue #2 of the Marvel Transformers Movie adaptation from 1986 penciled by Don Perlin. Man I wish I knew where that last page is!
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