How did you get into comics?
I got into comics as an adult when Joss Whedon brought Buffy from the small screen to the page, but my real love of comics developed from volunteering at HeroesCon in Charlotte. HeroesCon is a great place to meet creators. Sometimes comics can be an intimidating medium to jump into (especially when issues of a book number well into the 100′s), knowing that you like a creator and want to support their career can be a good motivation to try a book.
Do you just read comics, or do you express your love in other ways?
I blog about comics, both on my personal blog and the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find blog. I also love to attend conventions, especially the indie cons like SPX and Fluke.
What are some comics you’re currently reading and enjoying?
I am currently reading and loving Wolverine and the X-Men, Saga, Snarked, Angel & Faith, Buffy, Wonder Woman, Loose Ends as well as a ton of mini-comics.
Who is your favorite character?
Harley Quinn. She’s the perfect mix of crazy and cute.
Who are your favorite artist(s) & writer(s)?
My current favorites are Roger Langridge, Skottie Young, Chris Samnee, Cliff Chiang, Irwin Hasen, Jason Aaron, and Bruce Timm.
Do you have a favorite comic storyline?
I absolutely love what Jason Aaron is doing with Wolverine and the X-Men. Putting Wolverine in charge of a bunch of teenage mutants has been a stroke of genius.
How do you usually buy your comics?
My awesome LCS, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find (which also happens to be where my husband works as one of the managers). I have a reserve bag there for all my single issue needs. I also like to pick up mini-comics and books at conventions. SPX and Fluke are especially good for finding new mini-comcs and HeroesCon has a special section called Indie Island that is also full of great mini-comic finds.
What are some thing you love about comics?
Comics give both readers and creators an amazing medium to enjoy. It’s not restrained by budgets, CGI, or studio politics, but only the imaginations of those working to give us all new worlds to visit. I also love that the internet and kickstarter are giving fans new ways to enjoy comics outside the main publishing houses. I’m also constantly impressed by the presentation of mini-comics, from tiny comics dispensed out of a gumball machine to fold out books bound with ribbon to a sack lunch themed comic pack delivered in an actual brown bag, indie creators are always exceeding my packaging expectations.
Some things that frustrate you?
Fan entitlement, which is a behavior you will see when you’re working at a con or if you ever visit a comic website. Maybe it’s the power of being anonymous in a comment section that causes some of the bitter outrage from fans, but we can’t take what the publishers decide to do personally. No one likes when their books are cancelled (I admit to still being mad about Marvel cancelling “Thor the Mighty Avenger”, but the the bottom line is Marvel is running a business) or when a storyline takes their favorite character down a path they hate. Some fans seem to forget that creators are people, too and that mainstream creators write for their employers as much as fans. Instead of spewing insults, this should be an opportunity to explore new comics to find a story that you like rather than one that causes your brain to explode with rage.
What does your dream book look like?
A Harley Quinn series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Roger Langridge. Jason Aaron has a great sense of how to use snark in a comic and Roger Langridge could bring back the cute to Harley that is currently missing in the DC Universe.
Any final thoughts?
Comics offer something for everyone. While super heroes comics can be great, there’s a lot more than capes and tights for people to enjoy. Don’t just confine yourself to the big two publishers. While there are great stories with the familiar characters, there’s a lot of comic goodness to be found beyond the mainstream with a little hunting.