Reader Spotlight: Heather Marino-Stotland

Today’s spotlight is on Heather! You can find her on twitter @heathermonkee, on Tumblr, or writing a bi-weekly column on called Get Your Own Fridge.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m 31, live in Philadelphia with my husband and 2 guinea pigs. I got engaged at Wizard World Philadelphia and I may have pissed off Jim Lee and Dan DiDio at New York Comic Con when I asked about the ‘No Girls Allowed’ Sign DC’s reboot seemed to put on their company. I have an awesome Harley Quinn tattoo.

How did you get into comics?
The first comic I bought was Bartman #1, which was poking fun at 90’s comic culture. It was a confusing way to start out. I fell out of reading comics for a while and came back in with Transmetropolitan.

Do you just read comics, or do you express your love in other ways?
I write a bi-weekly column called Get Your Own Fridge on about being a geek girl and the good and bad that come along with it.

What are some comics you’re currently reading and enjoying?
I’m currently reading Batgirl, Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Suicide Squad, Danger Club, Worlds’ Finest, Justice League Dark, Batman, Inc.,The Battle of Blood and Ink, and Catwoman (but I’m not enjoying Catwoman)

Who is your favorite character?
Catwoman. She’s fun, she’s sexy, she’s smart, she’s vicious, and she’s been holding her own against the world’s greatest detective since Batman #1.

Who are your favorite artist(s) & writer(s)?
Writers: Gail Simone, Warren Ellis
Artists: Darwyn Cooke, Adam Hughes

Do you have a favorite comic storyline?
Hush, and I read Nextwave whenever I’m having a bad day.

How do you usually buy your comics?
Digital, but I always feel bad because there are some really great comic book stores in Philly less than 15 minutes from my apartment. I just like the convenience of being able to get my comics with out leaving my house.

What are some things you love about comics? Some things that frustrate you?
I love that even though some characters have been around for 70+ years, there are new stories to tell, new ideas to explore. I love how hopeful superhero comics can be; even when they’re dark and gritty, there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

I’m frustrated by the way women are treated in comics and by the comics industry. I hate that the industry, especially the big 2, tend to treat their female characters as plot points rather than actual characters. I hate that female fans are treated as less important than male fans by both the industry and some male fans.
Also, I think decompression should be a tool rather than rule in storytelling.

What does your dream book look like?
A Catwoman book written by Gail Simone with Darwyn Cooke art and Adam Hughes covers. Please?

Any final thoughts?
I love this site and I’m very excited to be able to be able to meet other geeky girls through this spotlight.

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A Philosophy major who wants to be Rashida Jones when I grow up.
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