|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Tatiana, I'm 27 and I'm a Registered Dietitian. Day to day, I encounter all sorts of interesting people with a variety of nutrition issues. What makes my career so rewarding is being able to help everyday people live happier, healthier lives. I graduated from UC Davis in 2005 with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. I live up north of the California Bay Area. I have been reading comic books since childhood. I would say I'm a bonafide fangirl, I attend the major California comic conventions year round. Aside from comics, which I enjoy reading and collecting as well as collecting the artwork, I also like hanging out with friends, singing and dancing, playing video games, rocking some Rock Band, watching anime, going to the gym, and cooking. I am also an artist of sorts myself as I make all natural artisan soaps.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I have a lot of "favorites", but if I had to choose just one, I'd have to say my Michael Turner Fathom Commission. Michael has always been, and will forever be my favorite artist. Having met him and talked with him several times, as well as with his Aspen crew, I feel less of a fan and more of a friend. While the art is amazing, it's the person behind it that makes it most special to me. I really have to say this is my favorite piece, know that Michael took the time to draw this masterpiece and that it was created just for me.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
The obsession all started with a tiny convention in Sacramento and a new sketchbook. I had never been to a convention before and my then boyfriend told me it would be a good idea to bring a sketchbook just in case I was able to get some free sketches… Free sketches? Artists draw sketches at conventions?
Needless to say I was very shy about asking. Now I'm not normally a shy person but this was completely foreign to me. But when I met Kelley Jones, all that trepidation melted away. He was so friendly and we talked shop for quite a while, and he drew this amazing Batman sketch in my book. I was hooked. Not until much later did I realize how rare an opportunity was it that I met and was able to get a sketch from Kelley Jones. I continued to get sketches in my sketchbook over the years, then in 2004/2005 I started to purchase OA here and there online, mostly on Ebay. I didn't have much money, so the pieces were few and far between, but I did get some beauties, including my first Turner piece. In the summer of 2006, after I finished my post grad internship, I bought my first big Turner piece as my graduation gift to myself, and have been collecting regularly ever since. Along the way I have made many wonderful friends, many of which are also CAF members. It is quite an addiction we have!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my collection is currently stored in art portfolios. I have just started to frame art (just one piece up so far) but hope to eventually have a nice assortment displayed on my walls.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Well, first of all, of my most wanted art ever, I already got my #1, which was my Turner commission. I am always looking for Turner art, especially his older Witchblade and Fathom stuff. That aside, I have much more that five, but here are some at the top of my list:
1. Adam Hughes personalized piece – I've been on his list at conventions many times, so I hope to be one of the lucky lotto winners at a show in 2009!
2. Chris Bachalo personalized piece – One of the artists that first really got me into comics, X-Men in particular.
3. Jack Kirby published X-Men page – What X-Men or Marvel fan doesn't want a piece by the king?
4. Joe Madureira published X-Men page – Along with Bachalo, his art was what "drew" me to the X-Men books, so I would love to have a sentimental piece that reminds me of what I grew up on.
5. Jim Lee published X-Men page – I love Jim's art (c'mon who doesn't?) and he was one of the best on the X-titles.
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