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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Interview With A Comic Fan Case File #1: Gerry!

Comic fans! We are diverse bunch from all walks of life from all over the globe, fanatic about the comic book characters we love and especially our collections. 

And no one comic fan is alike. We are all unique in our likes of comic characters, comic artists, writers, allegiance to comic publishers, and especially comic collecting methods.

I don't know about you, but I love talking about comics. So when my buddy Gerry and I were rapping about comics one day, I brought up the idea of interviewing him. Why not? I thought. 

It's fun to learn about how others got into this crazy world of comic collecting, what certain characters lured them in and why, and what personal philosophies they have on the matter. 

So here it is Interview With A Comic Fan Case File #1. Enjoy!

The Punisher #31 cover imageWhat got you started in comic collecting?

I was never really interested in comics until one day I was wandering through my local book store and came across a rack of comic books. As I was glancing through the titles that were there, The Punisher #31 caught my eye. I picked it up and started scanning through it, then decided I had to buy it. I took it home and read it and I've been hooked on comics ever since.

Why? What is it about comics that appeal to you so much?

I was really into the artwork. I still enjoy looking through my old comics and checking out the art. I tried really hard to draw the characters and the action like I saw in those panels but could never copy what I saw in the books. 

I'm not as much of a fan of the newer artwork. Not because of the artists, but the fact that they use computers to color in a scene now. There's something I like about the simplicity of the colors in the older comics.

I can still remember the first comic I ever read and it's definitely not what anyone would think it would be. Therefore, can you still  remember the first comic book you ever read and what was it?

Yes! The Punisher #31. And I still have it to this day. I don't really remember the story but I can remember buying it almost as if it was yesterday.

Every collector has a certain style of collecting whether it's a certain character/title or key issues or only high grade or certain comic eras like silver age or bronze age. Many collectors mix these preferences as well like I do. What's your approach to collecting? Any particular preferences?

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 comic
My style of collecting has definitely changed over the years. Shortly after I started collecting comics, I really got into Spider-Man. I had a friend in Jr. High that traded me all of his Spider-Man and X-Men comics for a handful of Gameboy games. I ended up getting The Amazing Spider-Man annual #21 in that trade. 

My collection was starting to get bigger and bigger, and I wanted more and more books. I'd buy long boxes just to build up my collection. I decided now that I want a good collection, not a big collection, so now I'm trying to thin down my collection to more key issues. I like owning those parts of comic book history.

We all have want lists and there are always comics that are on top of our want lists. What's the comic book you are gunning for the most right now?

Right now I'm always on the lookout for some good silver age Amazing Spider-Man keys, but also on my want list is Superboy #68, the first appearance of Bizzaro. Why you ask? I don't really know. It's just something I'd like to have.

You know I love comic book movies and I know you love 'em too, but what's your favorite live action comic book movie to date so far?

This is probably the hardest question for me. How do I choose? I really liked Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Maybe The Dark Knight. There are so many great comic book movies, it's hard to remember them all or pick just one.

What comic book movie you are most looking forward to watching when it hits the theaters?

I'm really looking forward to The Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a title I used to read when I was younger. I also want to see a Spider-Man movie with Mysterio or the Sinister Six in it.

Who are your favorite comic artists?

I really liked Todd McFarlane's work on The Amazing Spider-Man. Jim Lee is one of my favorites too. I recently had the privilage to meet Ron Lim and not only is he a great artist, but also one hell of a nice guy.

I agree. Ron Lim is one hell of a nice guy and if any of you should ever see him at a comic convention, be sure to stop by and say hi to him. Ron is a class act, and so is my buddy Gerry for taking the time to indulge me with this interview.

Amazing Spider Man Annual #21 and Punisher #31 comics
Comic images courtesy of Gerry Dudley

A big thanks to him and to you for reading. Stay tuned for more comic book goodness coming soon!

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