|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I have a wife and two daughters who are all very tolerant of my collecting. I enjoy reading comic books, collecting artwork, riding my motorcycle (Suzuki C50), traveling, and trying new places to eat.
I started collecting comics as a kid. I was very much a Marvel fan then, although Green Lantern was my favorite hero. I stopped collecting when I got my first car in high school. It seemed to take up all my money.
Currently I'm a middle school math teacher. After I had taught for a few years a student happened to bring an X-Men comic to class. I asked him if I could take a look at it. After thumbing through the comic and going, "I remember that character" numerous times I was again bitten by the comic book bug. It’s been 20 years since I got reacquainted with my old superhero friends, and I’m enjoying it as much as I ever did as a kid.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I have several pieces that I love, but I guess I would have to pick my 6.5 Supergirls piece by Ed Benes. I love his work, especially his Supergirl. He did an outstanding job on the backgrounds as well as the Supergirls. I originally asked for 3 or 4 Supergirls on a single page. Ed said that he would do 6 of them if I would be willing to go with a double page spread. I was ok with that. Originally Ed had sketched in statues of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Power Girl in the background to make it look like a Hall of Justice kind of thing. But since it was to be in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude he wanted to keep it all in the family and erased all but Superman from the background. I asked if he could keep in the Power Girl too since she was family and he agreed. I know that I use the word love a lot when I describe my art pieces, but I really do have a passion for my art.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I went to the San Diego Comic Con in 2001 thinking that it would be a blast to be in a place with so many comic books and to be among so many people that shared the same passion as me. While I was there I got a Supergirl sketch by Leonard Kirk. Later I met Terry Dodson and got to talking to him and found out that my wife used to teach with his brother, small world stuff. I eventually got a page featuring Batgirl from him. I got it framed and mounted thinking that that I was now done with collecting. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a room at home that is all mine to decorate as I please. I have a lot of my art in frames up on the walls. Some of my art is in frames with backs that can come off so I can change what I have on display. I have my comic pages/covers in a couple of frames with backs that can be removed, so that I can change it when I like. Right next to them on the wall I have the comic that the page or cover is from. The rest of my art resides in portfolios in my closet waiting its turn to be on display.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I cheated a little on this list and named 5 artists rather than 5 single pieces that are my most wanted. Here they are in no particular order.
Adam Hughes commission(s): Supergirl, Batgirl, Saturn Girl… I’m not sure that there is an end to this list.
Ed Benes: Splash pages from Gen13 (of Fairchild) and Supergirl
J. Scott Campbell: Fairchild and Supergirl
Bruce Timm: Supergirl in color
Jim Lee: Supergirl
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