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In 2011, ComicAttack.net was nominated for an Eagle Award under the category “Favorite Comic Book Website.” Read a pair of interviews conducted by MyTeeSpot.com and nRelate.com, where our EIC talks about the origins of our site!
Take some time to meet the staff of the site:
The founder, Executive Producer, and Editor in Chief of ComicAttack.net. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Andy’s first introduction to comics was in 1990 when he picked up a copy of Fantastic Four #345 at a gift shop in Allegany State Park. Since his 6 year old kid brain was obsessed with dinosaurs at the time, he made his mom buy it for him because the issue had a triceratops on the cover. Then, Andy’s mom realized that comics got her kid to read, so she began to take him to the local comic shop on a monthly basis, buying him issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, X-Men Adventures, and Batman Adventures. Andy has been hooked ever since. He is also a die hard sports fan who lives and dies with the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, and the Buffalo Sabres. So yes, he does a lot of dying. Sometimes he’ll root for the Minnesota Wild and the L.A. Kings, which only adds to the pain. He’s a beer snob, a nature freak, an animal lover, and one happy dude who will kick your ass in a game of Ultimate Frisbee or table hockey. You’ll school him in ping-pong though.
Presently Andy resides in sunny Los Angeles with his gorgeous fiance and their stunningly cute infant daughter, Elizabeth. They have a cat too. In LA, he’s pursuing his acting career when he isn’t busy working at the best comic book store in California, Collector’s Paradise. Stop in some day and say hello. You can see him kick some serious ass as a French Musketeer on Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior (he’s the first Musketeer you see who shoots a dude with a pistol, and the one who wins it all in the end)!
Andrew C. Hudson
Andrew Cyrus Hudson was born and raised in Southern California in both the San Fernando Valley and out in the San Bernardino mountains. He grew up with a love of movies, books, and video games. Later on, he caught onto comic books when Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (Dreamcast) came out, as well as the early Marvel Ultimate series’. When he’s not reviewing for ComicAttack.net, writing novels, or writing screenplays/comic books, he’s publishing short stories/novelettes on andrewcyrushudson.com.
Originally born in Atlanta, GA, Andrew now resides in Tuscon, AZ, majoring in Digital Media. Characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman & Robin, Superman and Spider-Man have been like family to him for as long as he can remember. He started collecting comics regularly with Batman #598. Andrew is an avid professional wrestling historian, critic, and fan; he’s even stepped into the ring a few times himself. When he isn’t getting drunk with friends watching WWE or playing video games, he’s… probably doing something else that’s much cooler when you’re drunk.
Born in Nepal, raised in sunny California since he was 8 months old, Arnab wanted nothing more than to grow up to be Robin, or was it Batman. Either way, ever since he was a kid Arnab would find himself drifting off, whether he was at home or in school, pretending he had just helped Batman and Robin thwart evildoers in Gotham or pretending his mutant powers had just manifested and he was now an X-Man. And while many years have passed, both the Batman universe and the X-Men universe continue to be where his comic interests lie. While he professes to be a graphic designer, he has yet to make any significant impact in that realm. In the mean time, his current favorite comics include the X-Men, the Bat-Family, The Walking Dead, and the Young Avengers. His favorite characters are Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Bruce Wayne, Scott Summers, Conner Kent, Barbara Gordon, Selina Kyle, Rogue, Gambit, Jean Grey (when she’s not dead), and Rick and Carl Grimes.
Arnab also happens to write more reviews, and sometimes rants, over at his blog, which you can get to by clicking here.
Originally born in Fort Worth, Texas, Aron now dwells in the weather-fickle savage lands of Kansas. One Saturday afternoon, he was a good boy at the grocery store so his grandma let him pick out his first ever comic book: Detective Comics #571 in 1987. Because of his good-boy skills, Amazing Spider-Man #293 and Daredevil #255 eventually gave him a modest comic book collection. When he acquired Wolverine #21 in March 1990, it was as if someone had dumped a bucket of water on a mogwai! His collection grew from three into thousands, including damn near the entire Valiant/Acclaim line. Aron’s favorite characters are Daredevil, Batman, Spider-Man, Quantum and Woody, Bullseye, Black Bolt, and Azrael (the dead one *sniffle!*).
Aron does show signs of life outside of comics. He enjoys spending ample amounts of time with his family, watching movies and quoting them at random, reading, writing fiction, and playing video games. He regularly throws down on the PS3 and Wii, but he won’t touch an XBox with a ten foot pole! Aron is also into sports. He is a diehard Buffalo Bills fan and a rabid Texas Rangers fan. When he’s not busy yelling, “HOOK ‘EM HORNS!”, he’ll kick your ass in Fantasy Baseball. You can take a glimpse into his world of fictional writing, here: http://musingsmenagerie.blogspot.com/
Billy was 15 when he purchased his first comic; he’ll never forget walking into the book store and seeing all those shiny covers and thinking, “Wow, cool!” The rest is history. When he’s not reading comics Billy is spending time with his wife and two children. He enjoys watching sports (Go Yankees! Go Cowboys!) and his favorite comics out right now are the Avengers books, Guardians of the Galaxy, and X-Force.
Decapitated Dan is a Graphic Designer / Publisher from Joliet, IL. He’s the mastermind behind the ComicAttack.net logo and most of the Column banners, so it should come as no surprise that Dan runs his own side business called danroyerdesign. When he’s not busy working he can either be found watching his beloved New Orleans Saints, searching online to add to his Iceman Collection, or find himself nose deep in a good horror or independent comic. Aside from writing reviews he also runs the website for From the Tomb Magazine.
Born in the USA, Dementia 5 is a comic book historian and publisher of role-playing aids (at www.Dementia5.com) who came into the world hungry for all things arts and science. As a youngling, he would rush to his room at nighttime under the pretense of going to sleep…in actuality he would listen to the CBS Mystery Theatre on his transistor radio, and read Tales of Poe, The Hardy Boys and Doc Savage by flashlight. This would continue until he discovered his very first comic book: Amazing Spider-Man #140. So impressed was he with the storybook format and the four-color appearance, he would continue to read comics to the present day, collecting every issue of Spidey along the way. His favorite period is Marvel’s Silver Age, but he has a keen fascination with DC’s Vertigo line, being unabashedly jealous of British sensibilities in literature. Dementia 5′s first breakthrough with writing came as a young journalist for his college newspaper where he attained his Master’s Degree in Physics, uncovering the infamous Swamp Thing controversy by interviewing Mr. Rick Veitch. There were no secrets: Veitch’s departure from DC Comics was triggered by their refusal to publish a (completed) story-arc that involved traveling back to Biblical times in an aparte with the Christian messiah, the Christ Jesus. Dementia 5 still retains a copy of the unpublished script, which has more value to him than any CGC graded comic book.
Dementia 5′s other obsessions are anime, Dungeons and Dragons, MMOs, science-fiction literature, Victorian literature, pulp magazine, MLB Baseball, progressive rock, Gaelic and Welsh folklore, horror films, foreign films, IPTV, Magic the Gathering, cooking, skiing, biking, philology, Utilitarianism and collecting hot sauces. He also likes to work on his Mustang. He lives in what has been called the last “Yankee” town of Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Drew is from snowy Buffalo, NY. His first comic book, bought for him from a corner store (which has now been bull dozed into an empty lot) at the age of 6, was Marvel Comics Presents #72 featuring Weapon X. He quickly fell in love with the world of American comics but then ditched them in 6th grade after a love affair with the world of Japanese animation and manga. Later at some point during high school, he realized he could love them both equally and they could all live together in harmony with each other (partially due to the discovery of underground comics like Heavy Metal magazine and the works of Crumb). Drew’s all time favorite reads include Devil Dinosaur (which he feels is the best Jack Kriby comic of all time and will knife fight you if you disagree with him), 20th Century Boys, Phoenix, The Maxx, The Badger, The Submariner, The Living Mummy, Speed Racer (Now Comics series), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Casper: The Friendly Ghost, Y the Last Man, Tomb of Dracula, Dr. Slump, Death Note, The Haunted Tank, Sonic the Hedgehog, Jo-Jo’s Bizarre Adventure and any of the Shazam! comics featuring the Captain Marvel family. He currently resides in Buffalo, NY where he’s a theatre director, writer and actor, and dreams of being a Gundam pilot.
Originally from Miami, Eli now lives in a small town in northern Florida. He works at the local public library and is trying hard to get more comics into the collection there. The first comic book he ever read was Infinity Gauntlet in middle school, and he loved it! Since then Eli has been hooked. The cosmic stuff, both from Marvel and DC, is his favorite, and some of his favorite characters are Thanos, Adam Warlock, Gladiator (Kallark), Batman, Green Lantern, Daredevil, Darkseid, and Steve Rogers. He also likes to tinker with his car, a 1991 Civic Si. Hacking up, and breaking at times, Ubuntu linux on his computer has also proven to be lots of fun. For exercise, it’s mountain biking in the woods around where he lives. Photography was Eli’s first love, but one that he doesn’t find much time for anymore. Yet, he does still love the creative stuff, but as they say, when your hobbies start to get in the way of each other… well, you know.
Jeff was a top performer in the German Jahrmarkt until he was discovered to actually have blue skin and a tail. Just as an angry mob was about to kill him, he was rescued by ComicAttack.net founder Andy, and was recruited to this merry band of mutants, sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. Wait… that’s not right… isn’t that Nightcrawler’s origin?
Well, Jeff and Nightcrawler do have a lot of things in common. They both love the X-Men, they both are fairly whimsical, there’s a bit of a demon and a bit of a saint inside both of them, and they’re both priests. Jeff, however, is a priest in the Episcopal Church and is the rector of St. Nicholas in the small town of Hamilton in west Georgia. He’s been a comic book fan since the age of 6 and only briefly took a break in collecting during college. He is an avid fan of all things X-Men, and if he could afford it, he’d branch out because he loves reading other comics at the library. When he’s not being a priest or reading comics, Jeff is enjoying small town life with his beautiful wife and three children. He also loves camping, hiking, his Macbook and iPhone, and has discovered he loves to blog.
Jordan’s love for comics began when he was but a young lad of seven. His dad came home from a business trip one day and brought him his first comic, Knuckles #1. Since that day he has always had a fondness for comics. Unfortunately for Jordan, there weren’t any comic shops in his town back then (and there still aren’t) so he had to put his love for the art form on hold. In the sixth grade a good friend of his reintroduced him to to comics with a series called Union published by Image. Again, with no comic shops in the area Jordan had to anxiously await giving in to his comic cravings. In recent years this yearning was able to be transformed into a full time hobby mostly due to the fact that he can now drive himself to the comic shop. Jordan is a big fan of DC and his favorite titles include: Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Batman, Red Robin, Superman, Supergirl, and a whole lot more.
Jordan was born in June of 1989 and resides in Rock Hill, SC. He’s a full time student at Winthrop University, studying Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He ‘plans’ to graduate in 2011 (hopefully) and either continue on to get his Masters or begin the dreaded job hunt.
Josh Jones is an awkward and reclusive hermit that started collecting comics at age ten. Over the last 20 years he has amassed an eclectic collection of comic books. Mostly, he searches out creator-owned comics that have yet to gain their audience, but he also enjoys titles from major publishers that are outlandish, underrated, and ahead of their time.
Using information gathered from creators, retailers, fans, and personal experience, Josh brings an informative and entertaining perspective to the comic book industry. Though he takes the comic world and it’s community very seriously, he is not afraid to acknowledge the absurd and have a good laugh. Josh is currently holed up in a small apartment on the outskirts of Nashville, TN.
Ken Meyer Jr.
Ken Meyer Jr. has been working as an illustrator and designer for over 25 years. In addition to comic book work for Marvel, Caliber, Image, NBM and others, he has also done card and book art for Magic the Gathering, various White Wolf products and many other companies. For six years he produced and did paintings for a Tori Almost themed calendar for the non profit RAINN organization, and has also had work in the musician’s tour book. He worked on the online game Everquest as a texture artist, for educational software companies, and he has had an illustration in Penthouse Forum AND published a children’s book! He just received his MFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Sequential Art and has a B.F.A. in illustration from there as well. He hopes to use these degrees to secure a college level teaching position because “freelance is just not what it used to be.” You can see his work in many places, but his website is at www.kenmeyerjr.com, with a concise portfolio available for view by clicking here. He always welcomes commission requests or new freelance assignments. He also loves the fanzines of bygone days.
Kris graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in English (literature). So far it has proved virtually useless. She now lives in the DFW area with her husband and their 7 electronic children called PC, 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, Gamecube and DS. Most of her time is spent playing way too many video games; watching entirely too much anime; and reading her favorite comics, manga and novels. Somewhere in there she manages to find time to play some Dungeons and Dragons and make mighty tasty homemade mac & cheese. She also writes a review blog which can be found at girlg33k.blogspot.com.
What can be said about Mac? She’s just your average werewolf-obsessed, horror junkie with a morbid sense of humor and sarcasm to spare. Okay, maybe not so average. When not out baying at the moon and robbing graves, she’s keeping busy with one of her various projects. She writes, draws, reads, engages in online PR, plays video games, watches movies, models, acts, and works a full time job. She is definitely what you would call a geek/nerd/dork/whatever label you prefer. In addition to owning a PS3, XBox 360, Wii, DS and some other odds and ends, she also regularly plays WoW and D&D. (That’s right, she likes to throw down nat 20s and raid dungeons, bitches!)
Beyond blogging on swell sites such as this, she also runs her own website (mainly a blog). You can find more of her sarcastic musings at www.StrangeLikeThat.com. End transmission for Mac, Red Lantern of Sector 2814.
Born and raised in Texas, Melissa Kay made the long trek to the City of Angels just over a year ago and hasn’t looked back since. Though she misses her hometown’s fried chicken and waffles, Melissa happily bides her time adventuring around the city and indulging in her many geeky pleasures. Besides being a math and science geek, Melissa attempts to find time to write, paint and design works brimming with nerdy overtones.
Melissa grew up influenced by David Bowie’s tight grey Labyrinthine pants, Catwoman’s leather whip, Bunnicula, the greatness that is Buffy Summers, Agent Cooper and living in a house decked in Andy Warhol prints and cultural contradictions. Her geeky outlets began as a small child with Detective Comics and Batman The Animated Series which later expanded into gaming, anime and collecting quite a disgusting amount of action figures and statues. Armed with a design and business degree under her belt from the University of Texas, Melissa went on to pursue a career in a completely different field, licensing and entertainment, and enjoys working alongside Mac on a daily basis.
Besides dishing about her latest action figure, Melissa also posts regularly at www.dancewithzombies.com.
Michael was born and raised just north of Toronto, Canada all his life. Being the eldest of four boys, his addiction to comic books has been the source of much teasing and abuse from his younger siblings. He is currently working towards a Business Administration diploma at Seneca College, in hopes of one day running the family landscaping business and opening his own comic book store with his friends. Mike loves hockey (Canadian, eh?) and is the GM, coach, owner, captain and defenseman of his men’s league ball hockey team (Go Wet Bandits!!!). His passion for comics and sci-fi began at the age of 12 when he picked up Busiek and Perez’s amazing run on The Avengers. Since then he reads every Marvel and DC book he can gobble up. Some of his favorite characters include Captain Marvel, Quasar, Thanos, Havok and Ultron.
The Movie Lady
Pamela was first introduced to comics when she read Tank Girl. She’s obsessed and always has been with movies and is working on evening out her knowledge of the two mediums. She resides in sunny Los Angeles, CA with her homosexual cat and the many… vibrant, people that live there. Pam is currently attending school for her B.A. in Theatre, and when she’s not studying she’s spending too much time on Facebook or playing Nintendo. She loves books, food, Sailor Moon, the theatre, and learning new things. You can read more of her movie reviews by clicking here.
Born and raised in southern California, Nick was first introduced to comics through his older brother. As a youngling Nick collected Wolverine, Justice League (International), and Excalibur from their inception. Sadly after only three issues, he dropped Wolverine due to the fact that he found “Patch” Wolverine with no costume, no real villains and no other heroes to be boring. It wasn’t until X-Men #1 (second series) that Nick really became hooked on the story lines of all his favorite mutants and superheroes. Nick has amassed hundreds of comics and has at one time or another followed the adventures of most of the marquee characters from both Marvel and DC. His comic mainstays are anything in the X-Men family, the Justice League, The Walking Dead and more recently the Bat books. Nick’s favorite characters are Jean Grey, Cyclops, Batman (Bruce Wayne), Tim Drake, Hawkeye, Yorick Brown, Rick Grimes, Michonne, Venom (Eddie Brock), Dr. Doom, Apocalypse and Wallace Wells.
When Nick does not have his nose buried in a comic, you can find him watching copious amounts of TV. He is also an avid moviegoer and has an impressive DVD collection. In classic nerd tradition, Nick is not into sports at all except for a fanatical love of the Los Angeles Lakers! Nick also has a love for all things Star Wars and Star Trek. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and lives his life in the pursuit of the Anti-Life Equation…..er knowledge.
Tom has been reading and collecting comics since he was four years old when a family friend gave him one as a gift. In fact, one of Tom’s earliest memories is trying to read the words that went with the pictures in a comic. Begging for quarters to buy new comics became a habit, and many, many more were soon added to the collection! A healthy diet of comics, cartoons, old Adam West Batman reruns, new Lynda Carter Wonder Woman episodes, Electric Company Spider-Man segments, and of course, Star Wars action figures bred a love for science, science fiction, and fantasy that never abated. Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Physics from Furman University and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Tom now spends his days designing fiber optic networks and traveling the country building them. He spends his evenings desperately trying to read the comics that stack up during his frequent absences, and watching the TV shows mercilessly recorded by his many TiVos (that is, of course, when not writing for ComicAttack.net!). In the summer, he enjoys wake-boarding on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta.
While primarily a DC fan, Tom became hooked on the X-Men thanks to a college roommate, and now he collects over 80 titles per month from a variety of publishers. Favorites include: Justice Society of America, Power Girl, the X-titles, Hellblazer, Adventure Comics, and Green Lantern. The mid-1970s JLA/JSA crossovers spurred a love for the Golden Age DC characters, and in fact, the first series he collected (versus buying random titles) was All-Star Squadron in the early 1980s. His favorite characters are Power Girl, Rogue, Gambit, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, James Robinson’s Starman, the Golden Age Flash, Hourman, and Green Lantern.
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