In my own humble opinion there are a number of different types of comic book fans around today. Some are obtuse -- and always complain about their purchases. Whilst some others are humble -- and always find something nice to say. Thank God my pals, Arron and Matt, fall into this latter category, huh? Here, check out this conversation I had with them only the other day, whilst categorizing monkey poo in order of smell.
1) What are your roles in www.comicosity.com, Matt and Aaron? And how did this venture come about? AARON: I am Editor-in-Chief / Owner of Comicosity.com. It came about in January 2012, as an outlet to get my thoughts about the comic industry out there. Comic coverage is an absolute riot, and I figured it was a good time to start up a site and see where it went.
MATT: I joined Aaron as Senior Editor / Co-owner of the site late in 2012, after some months of writing reviews and a semi-regular column for him. Comicosity is, more than anything, a group of really fun people getting together to enjoy comics and share that enthusiasm with our readers. That's the kind of ship Aaron captains better than anyone I can imagine!
MATT: Most of my career has been spent as a graphic designer / art director, and it's only been a recent development that I jumped into writing. I hadn't done much since grad school, but I work with an amazing group of editors in my day life, and they've really inspired (and schooled) me in that regard. After 30 years of collecting comics, writing about them was the totally natural next step!
3) What was the first comic book you ever read? And what’s your own opinions on today's comic book marketplace? AARON: My comic reading started a long time ago, so I can't really remember what the first comic was.
4) If ‘Comicosity’ was a piece of music, what would it be and why? AARON: Hangar 18 by Megadeth? Something between that and Brain Damage by Pink Floyd. Something in the middle....
MATT: Wow. Some would call me tone deaf, so I'm not sure I'm the best judge. We're young, growing, and having a bunch of fun. I'm going to date myself here, but maybe "Just a Girl" by No Doubt or "Laura" by the Scissor Sisters.
MATT: Our goal is slow, steady growth. We're doing it for the love of the medium and have been really welcomed with open arms by readers and the creators and publishing companies.
6) What is the one thing that makes your site stand out compared to other comic book sites? AARON: I think it has to be the special features we run and the content generated by our contributors. Our people are unique and fantastic, and I'm proud that no other site has them! I'm an orange lantern when it comes to our people: mine!
MATT: I hope the camaraderie our staff shares comes across to the public, whether in our weekly writing, the We Talk Comics podcast, or our social media interactions. No one has as much fun as us, and only a few work nearly as hard!
MATT: As a team, it's hard to beat Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire on Justice League. Lots of individual creators seem overwhelmingly brilliant to me, but that combination was just lightning in a bottle.
8) If you could get any celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your site, who would you get, and why would you choose this particular person? AARON: Metallica singer, James Hetfield, for one reason alone: to snarl out "Comicosity" in his signature growl. That would rule.
MATT: Julie Newmar. I would do anything to get her to say our site is "purrrr-fect."
MATT: Any time I've had the opportunity to meet the big men at the top, I've taken that chance to simply thank them for all their hard work. No one gets into this business unless they really-really love it and want to make good comics. I work in publishing myself, so I have a bit of perspective on the demands behind the scene. It's a thankless job, generally. But if asked, I'd encourage them to always try new things. Risk is scary, but the rewards can be great!
Very nicely put, Aaron and Matt. What you had to say I liked a lot, and what I like a lot I encourage for all my dear readers to click upon. So go ahead. Click-Click. Pay a visit to www.comicosity.com today. Plus please don't forget to follow them on twitter too. Choo-Choo!