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?
I was a pretty straightforward Marvel kid when I was very young. I loved Spiderman, FF and the Hulk. This is around 1970-75. I remember especially loving the Hulk because he reminded me of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, King Kong. He was the classic misunderstood monster combined with Jekyll and Hyde. I just ate it up. Spiderman too because in the 60’s and 70’s Spiderman was very relatable to a loner kid. Hard to say how they impacted me but I carried those stories with me. I was caught up. I remember waiting at the local Drug Fair for the magazine guy to unbundle the issue where Spiderman finally sees the Gwen clone (the first time) and almost losing my mind when I read that issue. I would say Defenders #10 and FF 12 had a big impact on me because those were the comics that had the worlds of Marvel colliding. I loved that they all lived in the same world and seeing these characters interact was huge for me.
What was the first convention you ever attended? What are your most vivid memories about that show?
I had a table at the 1987 San Diego Comic Con, with my own Arcane Comix. It was such a different experience compared to what it all is now. Hard to explain, how do you describe something before the mass media takes over? It was very busy, just full of avid comics fans. People wanted to talk to the artists and writers, I met so many people there, pretty much all of my heroes.
What comics, books, TV, and movies are you enjoying right now?
We just finished WestWorld Season 2, which was really great, just mind-boggling. Got a chance to see Hereditary in the theater, one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in years. I’ve been enjoying Rick Remender’s stuff, he’s been on incredible roll, Deadly Class, Low, Black Science… I’ve actually been re-collecting my favorite comics from my childhood,
What are you looking to most when it comes to Cave Con’s inaugural event?
I hope it’s a success all around!