Reader Spotlight: Barbara Holm

Please welcome Babs to our spotlight! You can find her on her website at barbaraholm.com, or on twitter at @Barbara_Holm.

Tell us about yourself!
Hi! I’m a 25 year old comedian/writer/person in Seattle, Washington and I love comic books!

How did you get into comics?
I’ve loved comics since I was a little kid. I loved reading anything at all, particularly stuff with fantasy elements as a source of escapism.

Do you just read comics, or do you express your love in other ways?
I mostly just read them. Sometimes I contribute jokes to IGN’s Up at Noon and they’re nice enough to let me write about comic books every once in a while.

What are some comics you’re currently reading and enjoying?
I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer! It’s really funny and the plot is always unpredictable and fantastical. The Amazing Spiderman is great. I also am really into Avengers vs X-Men right now. Everything in Gotham surrounding the Night of the Owls is really cool.

Who is your favorite character?
Buffy!

Who are your favorite artist(s) & writer(s)?
Daniel Clowes, Dave McKean, Felicia Day, Jim Rugg, Gail Simone, Joss Whedon. I like the webcomic creators Aaron Diaz and John Allison a lot. And of course I love Stan Lee.

Do you have a favorite comic story-line?
It’s probably cliche but I love the Dark Phoenix saga. I also love the season nine of Buffy so far with the pregnancy story.

How do you usually buy your comics?
I usually buy trade paperbacks.

What are some things you love about comics? Some things that frustrate you?
I love reading characters that have genuine real sounding voices. I can really understand and feel the emotions behind Cyd from the Guild or anyone from Buffy or Enid from Ghost World. It’s cool finding these characters I can relate to. I also love when an element of fantasy or magic is mixed in with the story so I can escape into something surreal. I like when the plot is complex, unique, with a great story.

This has been talked about so many times but it frustrates me when women in super hero comics are drawn like porn stars. I think the costumes, posing, and body type may turn some women off to reading those books. I can tell it is getting better lately, but not perfect yet. I know that’s something everyone has said before, but if everyone has said it, maybe it’s time to have some more feminist illustrations?

What does your dream book look like?
My dream book would look like me and Joss Whedon co-writing it -and in this fantasy we’re also best friends- and be drawn by Jim Rugg.

Any final thoughts?
I love you! Follow me on Twitter!

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