10 Things About Me and Comics

I went to see The Avengers in 3-D on the U.S. opening night, and I was grinning like a fool the whole way through. Here are some reasons why.

1. My favorite t-shirt when I was a kid? The Incredible Hulk. I still have that t-shirt, much faded.

2. My brother read comics when I was a pre-schooler. He kept them in a stack in the bottom of his closet. To me, they were all that was desirable in the universe, lent an aura of coolness because he liked them.

3. I started reading comics, seriously, in high school; before that, I didn’t get an allowance, so had no money to buy any. Before that, two friends in my class used to tell me the stories going on in X-Men.

4. Mostly, X-Men was my superhero fandom, with Daredevil second. The first issue of The Avengers which I sought out and read was a back issue – the one in which Hank McCoy, aka Beast, joined The Avengers. I read many more, subsequently, from different eras, though I didn’t collect it regularly.

5. My mother would drive me to the comics shop every week on new comics day. I love that she did that for me, and would sometimes give me an extra dollar or so if there was something I absolutely had to have but couldn’t afford.

6. I stopped reading comics regularly at some point in college. I just didn’t have time any more, and reading them in big batches at winter break just wasn’t the same as getting a fix every week.

7. I really like print collections of various storylines. You can catch up a lot that way.

8. I remember the character Hawkeye from when I used to buy West Coast Avengers. Later on, I didn’t much like some of the things various writers did with his character, but I always had a thing for archers! (Him and Green Arrow, both.)

9. My favorite song when I was a little kid, thanks to my brother? “Iron Man,” by Black Sabbath.

10. I have never sold my comic collection. Not a single issue. Not even my first edition, mint set of Watchmen.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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