I didn’t really get into comic books until I was about 12 years old. I remember one day, my family went to a flea market and I found a comic book seller there. I was fascinated by the books he had and it felt like I’d found something really special when I saw an old Gold Key Star Trek comic book. I paid $2.00 for a book that originally sold for $0.25 when it first came out in 1976.
2. Who bought you your first comic?
I bought that first Star Trek comic book myself and it started me off on collecting almost all things Star Trek.
3. Did you take any time away from comics? Why?
There was a point in time where I was buying six titles a month. I really couldn’t afford to do that any more so I cut down to just one title. You guessed it, Star Trek.
Things got really tight for me financially so I eventually stopped buying that one title as well.
4. What brought you back into comics?
Daredevil. I really enjoyed the movie staring Ben Affleck so I decided to go see what this character was like in the comics and immediately started to collect the hardcover editions.
5. Do you prefer getting comics monthly or in trades?
I much prefer to get the collected versions as opposed to the single monthly titles. The over-sized hardcovers are absolutely gorgeous. Plus, it’s nice to be able to read a complete story all in one place. I also like the fact that the trades have less ads in between the pages.
6. Do you know the name of your Local Comic Shop (LCS)?
I don’t visit the Local Comic Shop much anymore. I used to go to Comic 1 books in Stoney Creek all the time when I was buying those six titles a month.
7. Does your LCS know your name?
Back in the day, the owner of Comic 1 Books might not have known my name but he knew what titles I bought. It was pretty cool to go to that shop every couple of weeks.
8. Do you own any old number 1 comics (must date before 1980)?
I have Marvel Comics Battlestar Galactic from March 1979
I also have Marvel Comics Star Trek # 1 from April 1980.
9. Do you own any original comic art?
No. I wish I did though.
10. Do you bag and board your comics?
Yes.That’s a must!
11. Where do you store your comics?
I have a bookcase dedicated to My Daredevil Collection. The rest of my comics are stored in plastic magazine holders inside a bookcase cabinet.
12. How many comics do you read right now, in either floppy or trade format?
I really only keep up with one title. That would be Daredevil. I am a bit behind on the series because I still am a bit strapped for cash. I wait until the trades go on sale before I pick them up.
I regularly borrow graphic novels from the public library though so I can read comics without actually having to buy them. It’s pretty awesome that we can do that these days. Back when I started collecting comics, you pretty much had to buy everything you wanted to read.
13. What would be your number one, all-time desert island, favourite comic series?
I think I’d have to say Daredevil. It’s had quite an amazing run from some of the best writers in the industry including Frank Miller, Brian Michael Bendis, and Ed Brubaker, just to name a few.
I think J. Michael Straczynski is an amazing writer and I’ve really enjoyed his books as well as his television series Babylon 5. I’d have to say his is my favourite comic creator.
16. Do you harbour any aspirations to create your own comics?
I have no talent when it comes to the visual arts. I was thinking about creating a comic though using some digital techniques. I think I’ll just stick to writing novels and screenplays until I can find an artist that I could collaborate with,
17. Do you access comic news online, if so where?
Time to pick sides…
Marvel or DC – I lovc both. The DC series of Star Trek was better than the Marvel one though.
Superman or Batman – Batman.
Spider-Man or Wolverine – Both characters are really cool. That’s a tough choice. I’m Canadian though so maybe I should go with Wolverine.
Iron Fist or Luke Cage – Luke Cage.
Nick Fury normal or Nick Fury Sam Jackson – I think the Ultimate version of Nick Fury. I don’t know why. Samuel Jackson just exudes coolness I suppose.
Spandex or real life stories– I love the traditional comic book hero. I have no problem with costumed heroes.
Golden Age or Silver Age or Modern Age – They all have something great to offer. The modern age is pretty amazing though, I must say.