Meet The Comic Lounge Team
Hey guys!!! Ryan here. The guys around here call me the fearless leader, on account of the fact that I started this little site.
I've been collecting comics since I was 5 years old and I'm 32 now. Which means I've been a comic fiend for 27 years. Ever since my mom bought me Flash #82 by Mark Waid, I was in love.
I started this site to share my passion with the world. Along the way Iv'e been able to interview some of my favorite creators. It's been a dream come true.
Recently I've been able to add these amazing people to the site. Each and every one of them brings a unique view on comics. In a short period of time these guys and gals have become great friends.
Stay tuned, cuz we're just getting started.
Gen is a 20 something years old French-Canadian living in Montreal who has always loved comics as far as she can remember. Her preferences lean towards crime and horror stories such as Hellboy, a series she collects assiduously. She dedicates her undying love for Indie Comics publishers like Image Comics. She is an avid buyer of trades but will also sometimes purchase issues for their pretty cover. More than reviewing comics, she loves to ask herself existential and groundbreaking questions such as why is the sky blue? Or why are comics so good? Her subjects of predilections are inclusivity, controversy, amazing characters, and awesome stories.
Peace, True Believers! Dylan here. A little about me: I’ve been an adamant comic fan since the early 90’s (yeah, I’m old.) The X-Men animated series is pretty much what started it all for me. That glorious show opened the flood gates for me. I grew up hanging around kids older than me so they introduced me to the world of actual comics. My first full story I read was “A Death in the Family.” So there I was, 7 years old, reading about a death of the second Robin. From then on I was hooked. I became one of the youngest regulars at the local comic shop, Golden Apple on Melrose. I built a reputation and managed to convince them to sell me my first #1 comic, SPAWN. It was great. I became totally immersed and ran with it all the way into my adult life. Now, years later I find myself telling everyone about the comics I read. I love doing it. To me, almost every story i read has something to offer. Whether it be superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, horror or crime related, i share it all. And with The Comic Lounge I hope to continue to do so on a larger scale and not just with comics. I want share my love for hip-hop, art, and almost every aspect of pop culture.
Cidnya is a 3rd year English Major. She wants to be able to use her skills to work on literary projects whether it's novels or comics. She loves to read DC Comics (with a particular fondness for Batman). She has a deep appreciation for all the different genres that Image Comics has to offer. When she is not catching up on her pull list, writing a review, or reading books, she is working and studying. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, play video games, and work on self-care. Ask her about her favorite comics like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Hellboy, Kick-Ass, or Snotgirl.
First Appearance: Superhero Fanboy #1 Vol.1 (1991- Current)
Strengths: Marvel & DC Comics
Weaknesses: Comics & Dad Humor
Ever since I can remember, I've loved superheroes. From cartoons like the Super Friends up to Justice League Unlimited as well live action stuff like CBS’s Flash that “ran” in the 90’s. They would save the day, stop the bad guys and would have some cool super powers. Not many days would pass where I wasn’t thinking about them. I didn’t have access to comics where I grew up so when I could I would consume more knowledge about them through Youtube and various other sites. In the summer of 2016, I was in a whole new city with a comic store located just down the hill from me. I decided it was time to finally follow my heroes for real and picked my first issue. What started out as one comic then has quickly become many and I loved the stories and knowledge I've really enjoyed the amazing stories told from them as well as the comic community I have been able to become a part of.
Hey, I’m Sophie – part-time Visual Communication student, full-time dog mum. I’m an aspiring comic writer and illustrator, currently working on my first graphic novel. I first fell in love with comics when twelve-year-old me stumbled across the first issue of The Walking Dead. Little did I know, that was the beginning of my horror obsession!
I tend to lean more towards indie titles, but I’m a big fan of Jessica Jones, Black Widow and Catwoman. I love Surrealism, visual horror, science-fiction and fantasy...especially Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns! A few of my favourite titles right now are Snotgirl and Paper Girls (or as my wife thinks it’s called, The Paper People).
Angel’s first comics were composed of Tagalog horror and romance. A BKV and Blade Runner fan, she believes in the power of stories to foster empathy and nurture emotions. Some of her favorite books include Y: The Last Man, the World of Black Hammer, Fatale, Fraction's Hawkeye, Jimmy Corrigan, and Daytripper. When taking a break from comics, she also enjoys gut-wrenching cinema.
Jessie is in her twenties and lives in Belgium. She has a love for art and pretty pictures that was mainly filled with manga and European comics, until 2015 when the world of American comics started to open up to her. In 2017 she decided to give in and go on a wild ride to discover all the classic graphic novels, new amazing indies and lots of scary stories. She mainly gravitates towards horror and mysteries but has a soft spot for romance and superheroes. Being very new to the game she has an infinity pile of classic stories to be read and many superheroes to meet. Through writing articles for The Comic Lounge she hopes to channel her love for reading, inspire others and learn tons about this amazing comic world.
Looking forward to your feedback!
It all started in a small school bus on a beautiful rock in the middle of the pacific. 5 years old, and still barely able to read, Dinosaur filled brain with curiosity, and imagination turned all the way to 11. A bus mate hands me a book that he took from his older brother. “He doesn’t know I have it, it’s the coolest thing ever. I think you’ll like it. You can keep it!”. And like mana handed down by the gods, granting knowledge to the unknowing, in my hands was the book that changed my life and set me down the eternal path of comic book fandom and everything that it pulls in with it’s gi-normous gravity. It was Uncanny X-Men #167, The Brood Saga. It opened my third eye and made the world all the more filled with wonder. From there, I consumed everything and anything I could get my hands on, much to my parents delight since it forced me to read. From an alien leaping tall buildings in a single bound, to a hard boiled private eye punching a flat topped mobster, to an orphan who grew up to be the world’s greatest detective and his constant game of cat and mouse with a murderous clown, and most especially a 5 foot tall, immortal Canadian with claws in his hands. It became my world, my passion, and I’m here now, with a critical eye and eager heart, to share that with you all.
Hey there friends! I’m Renee aka Sunflower, a 26 year old Jersey native and indie comic super fan! I also happen to be a third generation nerd and second generation collector. My favorite genres are Sci-Fi and Fantasy with a range that extends from X-Men to Rat Queens to Star Trek and Lord Of The Rings. I love to bake as well and hope to combine my two passions into a lifelong dream of opening a comic shop cafe.
Austin lives in the Atlanta area. When he's not spending time with his wife and 2 sons, he enjoys attending conventions big and small in the southeast and reading comics. Marvel is his main love but he also enjoys Batman and TMNT. Austin is also a Co-Founder of The Comic Collective, a social club for comic enthusiasts.
Jennifer is an avid comic reader who recently relocated to Portland- a WEIRD city that LOVES comics! A lover of all things science fiction and horror you can find her rambling thoughts on the internet while sipping on tea or a cocktail. Her favorite stories are usually by independent creators but will indulge in Marvel or DC from time to time. Ask nicely and she may recommend a good cocktail, music, or movie to accompany your reading!
Hey there, I'm Caty Cat! I'm a 96 year old trapped in this 28 year old's body. To keep me calm and quiet, the owner of this body nourishes my soul with healthy doses of comics! My favorites are indie titles but you'd be hard-pressed to find something I wouldn't read. Spawn owns my heart and he is the one and only reason I ever started reading comics! When I'm not reading, I'm slinging coffee all day and daydreaming of being a comic letterer! I hope to inspire as many people as possible to give comics a try before I die. As someone who didn't start reading comics until my late 20's I know first hand it's never too late to start! My inbox on Instagram is always open so come talk comics with me!