Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Meet James. He wants to help me get back into comics. So two Wednesdays ago, on December 24, I followed James to his weekly comic haven, Old Town Comics in Fredericksburg, VA. This picture makes it look he's signing comics, but he's not.
DT: How long have you been collecting?
J: I started in Elementary school, collecting X-Men, other Marvel comics, and Archie. I took a break for awhile then returned about 5 years ago.
DT: What do you collect currently?
J: Consistently, I follow 5 stories: Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, and JLA. But I'll pick up lots of the miniseries like Final Crisis and anything else recommended to me by Ed, the owner of Old Town Comics.
DT: Personal fav?
J: Green Lantern
DT: Fav author? Artist?
J: Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver
DT: Do you shop at the same place every week?
J: I started going to Old Town Comics about 2 years ago after my other store closed, and yeah I'm very loyal.
DT: Why Old Town?
J: The personal attention. Ed knows what I like, we have a good rapport and he'll hold books for me when I'm out of town, even for months, as well as throw in recommendations based on my tastes.
DT: Do you prefer monthlies or trades?
J: Monthlies- I don't have the patience to wait for the trades.
DT: Fav superhero movie?
J: Dark Knight- on Blu-Ray. I like all my superhero movies on Blu-Ray.
[DT: I'm jealous.]
J: I'm also looking forward to Watchmen and Wolverine Origin.
DT: Why do you read?
J: I like the genre and the movies- it's my getaway.
DT: Why should I start reading again?
J: Do you miss it?
J: That's why
(the above was entirely paraphrased based on an interview post Old Town visit)