Brian Quinn is the star of Impractical Jokers on Tru TV and the co-writer of the comic book METRO.
Tell us about yourself. Tell us a little about your work.
I’m Brian Quinn. I’m known mainly as Q from Impractical Jokers, but I really only got into TV so I can write comics. Some say I took the long way.
Tell us about your experience with comic books. What is the first comic book you remember reading? What is your favorite single comic book story?
The first comic book I ever read was in 1984 and it was the Transformers comic book that Marvel was doing back then, written by Bob Budiansky. I was 8, and my dentist office was next door to a ratty comic book shop. As a reward for “being a big boy”during the dentist I was allowed to buy some comic next door. I walked in and saw Black Symbiote Spider-Man fighting Megatron and I never looked back. I didn’t even know stuff that cool could be going on in the world.
To nail down my favorite comic book store is an insane, fruitless quest. On any given day I could go in a different direction. PREACHER was the book that is probably my favorite series of all time as a standing rule though.
What was the first convention you ever attended? What are your most vivid memories about that show?
The first comic con I ever attended was San Diego Comic Con in 1997. I was working for Kevin Smith at his View Askew Productions back then and Kevin had decided to do a booth for the first time ever. I drove across country with Bryan Johnson (later my co-host for the podcast Tell Em’ Steve-Dave) with a van full of posters and t-shirts. SDCC was a different beast back then, and I was completely in love with the sheer amount of comics and artwork you could buy. I still have framed artwork on my walls from that trip.
What comics, books, TV, and movies are you enjoying right now?
I watch a surprising amount of TV for a guy with no days off. Westworld just ended and Preacher is just starting (love The Amazing Ganesh) but I’m also working my way through Deadwood and BoJack Horseman again. Rick And Morty is my go-to. 12 Monkeys is wrapping up and I love that show. Reading wise, I’m reading books on the Revolutionary War and the history of New York City. Trying to take advantage of living in a place with such fascinating history. As for comics, I try to read a wide spectrum and stay current. Tom Taylor is killing Injustice 2 right now. I can’t believe one of the best superhero comics going is based on a video game. Anything Cullen Bunn writes, and not just because he put me in an X-Men book. His Deadpool is my favorite Deadpool.
What are you looking to most when it comes to Cave Con’s inaugural event?
I love being on the ground floor of something that has the potential to be really cool. Everybody complains that comic cons have become about something more than comics, and to an extent that is true, which is why seeing something new built by people who LOVE comic books and recall how much fun cons used to be before they got so unwieldy. I’m looking forward to interacting with people whose first interest and love in pop culture is comic books.