COLLECTORS INTERVIEW: Danny Donovan
City: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
In Danny’s own words he’s a Comic Book Creator, Filmmaker, Raconteur and Shameless Self-Promoter. Way to go brother. On to the questions..
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
Honestly, when people ask what I collect I usually respond flippantly “I collect, collections” because my home is a hodgepodge of all things nerdy. My true passion is comic books and comic book related memorabilia but I do have nice sizable Star Wars, Star Trek collections and various sci-fi and fantasy things. I am always on the lookout for something unique that represents my interests, and working in the film you amass quite a lot of odd things for props that wind up working their way into your decor.
What is the holy grail of your collection? Or if you still looking for it then what it is?
I am not sure because there are so many “Unobtainable things” that I would love to own. Obviously, the top of my list is a decent copy of Action Comics #1 (first Appearance of Superman) or Detective Comics #27 (first appearance of Batman) both worth several million dollars. or a street legal Batmobile!
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
I have to admit, my circle of collectors is rather tame, I haven’t had any weird stories come my way!
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
Oh, that is a hard one, everything in my collection is like a child to me. I still mourn the things that got lost over several international moves. I would say one probably something that belonged to my late brother, a piece of art or a figure he treasured that I inherited, to keep him close!
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
I would probably snag the Detective Comics #27 from the Steve Geppi Comic Book Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. I always feel bad as many times as I find myself out that way, I never find the time to visit that mecca of comic book collecting.
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years? Do you like that or not?
Well it’s become more mainstream, so people are looking at things like Comic Book Men on AMC or Antiques Roadshow or something and thinking they are going to go in their attic and find treasure that will make them super rich, and we are sort of backsliding, at least in the comics community to the days of the 1990s where there were brand new “#1 Collectors Editions” floating around trying to convince people that it’s an investment and not a hobby.
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years time?
I hope people will just continue to enjoy what they enjoy, not look at every little thing as an investment. The joy your things bring you should be enough of a reason to seek them out and display them proudly. Also, open your damn toys. I hate when people buy toys and Funko Pops and whatnot and leave them in their box. You’re not a store, take ’em out and display them and play with them!
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Flea Markets, yard sales/car boot sales are your friend. You never know what you might find. Also in the realm of comics and those types of things, Comic Cons! but don’t buy anything until the last day (usually Sunday) all the dealers are more willing to sell cheaper just so they don’t have to carry all that product back home with them.
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