|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 53 years old, married, two kids, one in high school, one at UCLA. I graduated from USC and have a small financial planning practice in Northern California, working primarily with non-profit groups and educators.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Hard to pick just one favorite piece, because there are several, but if I had to choose, it would probably be the Michael Turner Witchblade Card art.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting for about 9-10 years. I attended Supercon in 1999, because I had started reading comic books again, mostly J. Scott Campbell's Gen13 and Jim Lee's X-Men. Mark Texeira and Mike Bair were there drawing and selling these incredible pages from comics they had drawn. Just beautful stuff! Actually, until then I couldn't have begun to tell you how a comic book was made.
Steve Morger looked to be the guy in charge, and I asked him if Tex could draw a couple of things for me, mostly comic book covers I liked. Since he was staying with Steve that weekend, he drew five pencil sketches for about $500, and a hobby was born. Later I had Bair draw some things for me.
I attended my first San Diego Comic Con the next year and picked up the Turner Witchblade. Interestingly, I attended Wondercon when it was still in Oakland and can remember stacks of Gen13 pages going for a couple of hundred dollars apiece and thinking "Man, that's a lot of money, what could be worth that much?" As, I said, that was a few years back.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
All my stuff is still in Itoya portfolios, as my wife does not at all share my enthusiasm for this hobby. She likes meeting the artists though.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
As for most wanted: 1) Silvestri/Turner/Finch Aphrodite covers
2) J. Scott Campbell Gen13 pages
3) Luis Royo commission
4) Adam Hughes commission
5) Michael Turner Ballistic pages.
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