Post by coke & comics on May 1, 2014 12:17:02 GMT -5
The "Introduce Yourself" thread
My name is Chris. On CBR, I posted under coke & comics, then my full name, then Chris N. It seems we can change our name easily here, but I'll try to keep some combination of the words chris, coke, comics in my name to be identifiable. Also I should have a Blinky avatar.
I've been with CBR since 2006. At first, I posted wherever, then just Comm, Classics, and Spider-Man forums. Then just Comm and Classics. Then just Classics.
I'm a mathematician by trade. I drink a lot of Coke and read a lot of comics. Got about 40 thousand sitting in a storage unit somewhere while I travel the world. I'm just learning to read comics on a kindle and have mixed feelings about it.
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2014 17:43:39 GMT -5 by shaxper
"We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be." ~Angel
"For all their indisputable intelligence, men take this farce as something serious, and that is their tragedy." ~Brothers Karamazov
Even so, I'll note that my comics interest has been in a serious downswing the last couple of years, sad to say; most of my CBR Classics form posts popped up in non-comics threads devoted to music, sf books, sf & horror movies, etc. Presumably I'll come out of that at some point. After all, the 15,000 or so comics in my closets (along with several hundred more that I've been too lazy/apathetic to file) haven't gone anywhere, except for a few dozen Walking Deads, Sixth Guns & maybe a couple of others that I sold on late last year & early this year to help with finances.
Otherwise, my main interests are Silver & Bronze Age comics, pretty much coinciding with my initital periods of enthusiasm for the medium, '67-69ish & '74-'78. Dropped it all cold turkey in 12/78, then sold my collection in the summer of '81 lock, stock & barrel, except for 3 dozen or so issues of my two favorite series as a kid, Sgt. Fury & Not Brand Echh. Other major favorites are DC's 80-Page Giants & what most people recognize as the most successful comic series & character of all time, Brother Power the Geek. And pretty much anything that John &/or Marie Severin or Russ Heath ever had a hand in drawing.
Professionally, I'm a lapsed newspaper reporter & editor who's now an online editor for a nonprofit.
My name is Chris, too. I once took the above Chris on a monorail ride.
I'm 43 and have been enjoying superhero comics since my older brother was reading them to me in 1975 or so. I'm an occupational psychologist and currently work in a project helping 20 young adults with mental illness and/or addictions to stabilize their personal and professional situations.
I'm 38 years of age, living in the City of Angels. I work in the music industry, doing accounting for theaters and clubs all over the East Coast. I have a degree in Art History, focusing in Russian Art and Printmaking. How does one with an art background turn to accounting? Simple both deal with dates, numbers and figures.
How I Got Into Comics: I've been reading comics since I was 4, but became a collector when I was 6. And I have my grandfather to thank for that. He was a pediatrician and would have comics in his waiting room in his practice; mainly it was Harveys and Archies. When the grandchildren came to visit, he was give them out to us to read as he would change them up every couple of week. While the other grandchildren would read and give them back, I took them all home with me. He passed away when I was 7, so he's an important figure in my life, 31 years later.
Classic Comics I collect: I'm in the midst of finishing off a few runs. Vampirella and Sea Devils. I'm also looking for some underground comics as well.
I also own some comic pages and have artist do commissions for me. I have 3 sketch books and about a dozen covers of original sketches.
My name is David. Dizzy is kinda sorta my last name (due to no Americans so far being able to pronounce my actual last name).
I'm 35 years old, used to be a virologist many many moons ago, but am now working in IT, which is a bit more predictable and less boring in the long run.
Read loads of comics, helped by parents and family that are often also into comics (due they are mostly into European stuff) and will do my best to namedrop European comics and artists that I know and love at all opportunities, but I also love American comics (don't be fooled by any comments I've made about "a guy dressed up as a bat punching a guy in clown make-up for 70 years", I also like Batman, it's more to prove a point from time to time), especially late 90s/early 2000s Wildstorm and manga (though I have left little to no manga left after the excellent Excel Saga ended earlier this year).
The first Chris once bought me a few beers (speaking of which, we might have to invite Kees here as well, even though he was not very active on the Classic Forum), the second Chris gave me some comfort during a difficult time in my life last year. Both are good people.
My name on CBR was glue and before that my real name. I'd been around off and (rarely) on since 2004. I didn't start posting on the Classics board until the last couple years (mainly in Meanwhile). Outside of Classics I pretty much just read the metal and hip-hop threads in Music.
I have this bad habit of over-buying, and really have a hard time just reading the "good" stuff. For example, I'll buy the first Fantastic Four Essential and enjoy it. Fearing that later volumes will go out of print I'll buy them all (knowing nothing of quality). Suddenly I've got 200 issues of a book before I'm on the fifth issue. And I do that for everything. As a result, my to-read pile got too overwhelming and I just quit reading comics all together. If I happen to get the desire to read something now it's almost always something I've already read and/or a finite series.
Post by The Captain on May 1, 2014 12:47:44 GMT -5
My name is my username. I started on CBR back in 2009, IIRC, originally posting as "RABishop", but I changed to my real name because I saw a number of others on Classics using theirs and felt there was no reason not to myself. I'm 40 years old and have lived in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA for my entire life.
I'm a Marvel Zombie, through and through, owning almost 8,400 individual floppies from them (my entire collection is only about 8,600 books), plus another few hundred in various hardcover formats (Omnibus, Masterworks). My main area of interest is late-Silver Age through the entire Bronze Age, although I do continue to collect newer books here and there. The parts of my collection I'm most proud of are my complete run of Captain America floppies and the 250+ floppy issue runs of most of the major series that started in the '60's.
Professionally, I work in Procurement/Purchasing/Supply Chain Management, so my experience negotiating contracts for a living has come in great handy when haggling over prices on books.
"As a youngin' I used to share the colt 45 on the street corners with my friends. I'm not proud." - icctrombone
"If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that." - Chris Pratt
Grand Dictator for Life of the Classic Comics Christmas
My real name is Kurt Mitchell, which I posted under back in CBR's so-called "Silver Age" before adopting my current nom de net (a nod to my deep and abiding love of Golden Age DC). I joined CBR in 1996 and, except for an unavoidable interregnum from March '98 through March '99, it has remained my online home for all things comics-related (well, until yesterday). I've been part of the Classics forum since its inception and host an annual survey of the community's tastes and opinions on a specific theme, said event being known as The Twelve Days of Classic Comics Christmas. I also co-host (with Rob Allen) a dinner for CBR folks at the Emerald City Comic Convention every year. I'm friends with a great many Classics regulars in the real world as well as online, including Rob, Greg Hatcher, Mike Gillis, Chris Nowlin, Aaron Kashtan and others who will have to forgive my faulty memory. It is my hope to eventually meet all of you face to face.
I am 56 years old and have lived most of my life here in "beautiful" Tacoma, Washington. As most of you know, I have a birth defect that left me with deformed limbs. I use a motorized wheelchair to get around and type with a wand held in my teeth. This didn't stop me from earning a BA in Art from the University of Washington (class of '79, go Dawgs!) or from spending 13+ years in Information Technology, originally as a COBOL programmer, ultimately as the Data Administrator for the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Health issues unrelated to my disability eventually sidelined me and I now live, comfortably if not luxuriously, on Social Security.
I've been a comic book fanatic from the age of three, ever since my mother taught me to read with a copy of Gold Key's Rocky and His Fiendish Friends #1. I was an omnivorous reader as a young'n, but eventually settled into a lifelong love affair with the Marvel and DC super-heroes. My collection has grown and shrunk many times over the decades and currently sits around 3500 or so (I haven't counted 'em in a while), plus shelvefuls of Masterworks, Archives, Essentials, Showcases, OGNs, TPBs and various books on comics theory and history. Once upon a time I had hopes of becoming a comic book artist, even penciling an unpublished (thank the Vishanti) Doctor Strange story for Marvel, but found it was just too physically punishing to pursue it as a living. In the late '80s, discouraged by editorial trends at the Big Two, I stopped buying new comics for nearly ten years. I do occasionally pick up something new but my primary interest in comics nowadays is from an historical perspective. I have contributed to three volumes of Roy Thomas' All-Star Companions and write articles for Roy's Alter Ego magazine. My current assignment for A/E is a history of Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman from 1940 through 1970.
And that's about it, I guess. Aren't you sorry you asked?
Post by Nowhere Man on May 1, 2014 13:25:39 GMT -5
Back on CBR, I'd been posting as Brannon since 2006. I'd basically forgotten, but I had an older account I started in 2003, but it was lost in the Great Purge of 04; apparently 2005 is my "lost year." Before CBR, I used to post on the old Wizard World forums circa 1999-2002.
I'm 36 (born 12/20/1977) and started reading comics as soon as I learned how to read. (I could read before I started kindergarten, so this would have been somewhere around 81/82.) I, like many of you, probably don't remember exactly when I first started reading, but I distinctly remember reading them at different points in the early-to-mid 80's and *sob* cutting out images I liked, using them as "action figures" since the once's out at the time, frankly, sucked. I do distinctly remember that I started "collecting" and following titles in late 1985; I became hooked when an older cousin let me read his collection of Hulk comics (this was during the Crossroads saga) and in 86' I went on to pick up a two-pack at a dive truck stop during a family outing. The comics in question where Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. From that point forward, I was a fan.
I gradually found myself being attracted to older comics even as a young reader; I was particularly fond of the Bronze Age (I had some of the first printings of The Dark Knight Returns, X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga and Iron Man: Demon in the Bottle). I continued to read from 1986-2002 (Batman and the Hulk being my two favorites) but found myself loosing interest when Quesada took over Marvel after the short return to form of Heroes Return. In 2002 I quit following modern comics and didn't read a new one until 2007 with Planet Hulk. Currently, the only series I follow regularly are Saga and The Sixth Gun, but I'm constantly sampling stuff that catches my eyes. I now almost exclusively focus on building my trade paper back library, mainly consisting of classic Silver and Bronze age comics.
I must admit that I've long since sold or given away all of my back issues. I simply reached a point where I no longer wanted to bother with long-boxes, bags and boards. The booming TPB market is a godsend.
Post by Slam_Bradley on May 1, 2014 13:42:18 GMT -5
There are those who call me Tim. Others call me asshole. I answer to either. Or Slam.
I don't remember exactly when I started at CBR, but I've always used this handle. It was probably some time in 1997. It was while I was in law school and had internet access finally. I posted all over the place for a long time, but eventually ended up mostly in Classics, Books and Rita's on the Comm. During my time at CBR I graduated law school, had a number of jobs, had a new son, found out I had a son I didn't know about and met a bunch of great people. And Dan.
I don't read huge numbers of comics any more. I read a number of newish books in trade. Still read some old books...in trade. Read a fair amount of strip reprints. I started buying my own comics in 1975. I bought my last new floppie in...probably 1999. There isn't a comic shop within 100 miles of my home. I read a lot of noir prose...a decent amount of SF prose...and a fair bit of comic fantasy prose. I listen to jazz, blues, alt country, old soul and R & B, old county, real rock & roll (not rock) and I hate The Eagles.