1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is John. I am 31 years old. I have been married for just over a year to a very special woman. I am a Production Planner for a company that designs and builds printing presses for labels and felxible packaging (such as cereal boxes and the labels on pop bottles). I have lived in the Cincinnati area my entire life.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece... That is a tough one. I'd say I am torn between my Wonder Women piece by Ale Garza and Sean Parsons and my Norm Breyfogle - Robin and Wonder Girl vs Deathstroke. The Garza/Parsons piece is just... awesome in my opinion. Ale Garza is an incredible talent and Sean's inks complements the pencils very well. Breyfogle is one my favorite artists. When I really started getting into comics he was working on the Bat-titles. His art is so dynamic it blows me away.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collection comic art for probably ten years. The first several years were pretty much buying really cheap pin ups on eBay. I bought anything that appealed to me. Most of the pieces were by people that weren't in the professional comic business. Thinking about a lot of them now, they weren't really well done pieces. Then I moved up to getting convention sketches. That is when I also saw the original comic art pages that the artists sold. I am not sure what prompted me to start collecting art. I guess it was the natural progression from comics and action figures.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have about nine pieces framed in my 'comic dungeon' as my wife refers to it. The rest of them are in Itoya portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Wow, this is a tough one for me. In no particular order:
1. A J. Scott Campbell commission featuring Wonder Girl, Supergirl, Nightwing, and Robin.
2. The cover art for X-Factor #71 by Larry Stroman. I loved that series and Stroman's art.
3. The cover art for Batman #465 by Norm Breyfogle. Again, Norm is one of my favorite artists and this cover stood out to me when I saw it on the stands.
4. An Erik Larsen commission featuring Spidey, MJ, The Black Cat, and Savage Dragon.
5. The cover art to New Teen Titans #20 (vol. 2). I really enjoyed that story and the characters were flying off the page to the viewer.
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