Celebrating Comics

Read A Comic Crew

Read a Comic is a volunteer effort and labor of love led by The Crew – a group of individuals from the Mid-Michigan area who’s goals are simple – to promote the medium of comics, the joys of graphic storytelling, and to provide solid resources for newcomers to the hobby.

The Read a Comic Crew

The Crew: AlecALEC – Alec used to be the world’s angriest child. Then one day his mother bought him his first comic – The Mighty Thor Annual #14. After that, everything changed. Well, not everything – Alec’s still angry. He’s also been active in the Lansing comics community for the last 15 years, with the last 6 years as store manager of your LCS, Summit Comics and Games. Away from the shop, he still engages in the standard nerdy things like D&D, Magic, Heroclix, video gaming, complaining on the internet, and being convinced his opinion is the only right one. To join in said-wisdom, look for Alec as ProfCounterflux on twitch.tv, and ProfCounterflux on twitter.

The Crew: AshlieASHLIE – Comics had been an on-again, off-again hobby since Ashlie was eight. Something she’d do, walk away from, then inevitably find her way back to time, and time again when something peaked her interest. Sure some things changed – but the constant draw was horror! Horror – the thing that would draw her back again and again. Now, thanks to a resurgence in horror comics ushered in by Steve Nile’s 30 Days Of Night, Ashlie’s here to stay. Ashlie also enjoys art, video games, things way too cute to exist, horror movies, and reading regular ol’ books… or any combination of the above. Watch for Ashlie as she barely pays attention as both taxidermyrictus on Tumblr, and taxidermyrictus on Twitter.

The Crew: ChrisCHRIS – Chris is a devout fan of sci-fi/fantasy pop culture. Having wandered into his local comic book store for the first time in the late 80’s, Chris’ on-again, off-again relationship with comics has seen its fair share of twists and turns. When he’s not trying to keep up with all that is right and good in fandom, Chris pays for his ever growing pull-list working as a user experience designer for desktop, web and mobile apps. You can find Chris on Twitter as chrisbanzai.

DIANNA – Dianna hails from the land of the lakes, aka Michigan. Her full time job sees her running a writing center, teaching writing classes (hopefully soon – a comics course), and doing all sorts of techy things, since that’s what she did in a previous life. At this point in her life, comics are both Dianna’s passion and her research. She’s lucky in that she gets to combine her passion into her everyday work. But here at Read a Comic – she gets to have fun and chat about what she’s reading. Feel free to chime in on her posts, even if it’s to tell her how dead wrong she got something 🙂

The Crew: JasonJASON – Jason’s torrent love affair with comics rekindled in the early 21st century when the independent & small press world of artists caught his fancy. He now tries, and mostly fails, at convincing listeners which titles in Previews are worth a dog ear. A warmhearted Libra, comic favorites include Island, Trees, Tokyo Ghost, Empowered, and anything by the baby angel hands of Mark Pearce.

The Crew: MitchMITCH – Mitch has been reading comics since he was 13 years old and his dad brought home a stack of Captain America comics from a garage sale. He’s collected Captain America comics old and new ever since and still thinks of the Star Spangled Avenger as his personal role model. His recent favorites are Saga, Thor: God of Thunder, and Grace Randolph’s Supurbia. When he’s not busy being a panelist on the Read A Comic Podcast, you can find him at his own site – zebunation.com. Also look for Zebu Nation on Twitter and Zebu Nation on YouTube!

The Crew: PhilPHIL – Phil’s been reading comics since 1979 when a copy of Marvel’s John Carter Warlord of Mars got him hooked. Too many collections and long boxes later, his current favorite comic titles include Black Hammer, The Old Guard, and Paper Girls. His all-time favorites include Miracleman, Wildcats 3.0, Planetary, and Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. When he’s not reading comics, Phil tinkers in WordPress, produces a podcast you may have heard of, can be found in Discord, and may or may not have over 6800 hours of Team Fortress 2 under his belt.

The Crew: RafaelRAFAEL – Rafael G. Revilla was designed in a secret underground military base as the worlds ultimate super soldier… but then found out about comics, and the internet, and hasn’t gotten much exercise since then. An avid fan of all things comics and Sci-Fi since his initial escape, Rafael can often be found perusing the local comic shop or searching for new and exciting sushi restaurants in his hometown of Lansing. To summon Rafael, simply say his name in the mirror 3 times backwards – we hear he gives piggy back rides.

The Crew: RandyRANDY – Randy was bitten by the comic bug when his dad brought home the 1990’s X-Men run of Jim Lee and Chris Claremont. That – coupled with the X-Men animated cartoon – made him a fan for life. When he’s not busy collecting and reading comics, you can catch him at his day-job as a Digital Media Producer at Cheeney Media Concepts, and as a photographer/filmmaker at his own company, Silentflick Productions. You can check out the action at silentflick.com. Also, if you didn’t know, he reads X-Men. Check out his show I Read X-Men and follow him on twitter @ireadxmen.

The Crew: RubenRUBEN – Ruben is a stereotypical 20 something nerd turned family man who jumped onto the comic bandwagon after the first Avengers movie back in 2012 – and he’s been hooked ever since! A Marvel fanboy, his favorites are often the street level heroes such as Ant-Man, Ms. Marvel, and his all-time favorite Moon Knight. Comics are only one of his many hobbies though, and he can often be found buying way too many action figures or dice for Dungeons and Dragons. He also considers himself a video game aficionado, and is one third of the internet group the 8-bit Ramblers on YouTube. You can find him as MonoChrome_Rail on Twitter.

The Crew: TravisTRAVIS – Travis has been reading comics since the X-Men cartoon captured his imagination as a wee lad. He spent most of his teenage years hanging around Comics North in his hometown in the frozen wilderness of Northern Michigan – annoying the owner with endless questions about Spider-Man. His favorite books of all time are Scott Pilgrim, 20th Century Boys, Saga, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye.