ABOUT

Who Is This Joe Bloke, Anyway?

Thanks again for taking the time to have a look at my portfolio.

While the portfolio details various projects I've worked on since 2006, a few things happened before that year.

My life-long interest in drawing in art lead to me studying it all through school and into University, achieving my Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art in 2008, during which time I exhibited in several art shows.

Following on from this, I earned my Masters of Teaching, Secondary in 2011. I taught in various schools in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, Australia as an Visual Art teacher until 2016 when I moved to the UK. I continued as an art teacher until 2018 when I decided to leave teaching for other opportunities. I currently work at Highbury College in Portsmouth.

In 2017 I married my amazing English wife and continue to live in Portsmouth, UK.

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I began collecting since a very young age when I received my first Mighty Max toy. Not long after my father gave me a pile of his old The Phantom comics and I was hooked!

What resulted was a life long love of comic books and collecting. I've collected many varied things over the years, and my passion for collecting has only gown.

I started writing about collecting when I began the Phantom fan site ChronicleChamber in 2006 and haven't stopped since. My writing has appeared on several collectors-focused sites, such as RetroCollect and Gemr.com, as well as on my own collector's blog.

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