"Green Lanterns" Core: Who Are Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz?
I've been reading comics on a regular basis since "The Death of Superman" storyline captured my imagination in 1992 at the age of 9. My parents fully supported my oncoming comic book addiction by driving me to the comic shop every week on Wednesdays, schedules permitting. At around that same time, I realized I wanted to be involved in the comics world in one way or another.
I went to college at Ohio Wesleyan University where I met my future wife, got a degree in creative writing and literature and also scored an internship at Wizard. After graduating the next year, I stayed around my hometown of Toledo, Ohio until a spot opened up at Wizard. I interviewed for the job in the research department and wound up getting it. I was at Wizard for about four years where I learned a lot about the magazine business and eventually worked my way up to Associate Editor of ToyFare. Moving to New York has lead to me living in a bunch of towns no one's ever heard of like Nyack, Stony Point and New Windsor.
Since 2009 I've been freelancing full time which has been both nerve wracking and a lot of fun. I've written for Maxim.com, UGO.com, Marvel.com and a number of others, with CBR being the most recent. My main gig is covering the wild and diverse world of comics coming out from Image along with a few other topics here and there.
FIRST COMIC: A stack from a neighbor that included the first four issues of "Captain Carrot & The Zoo Crew," "Fantastic Four" #335 and "New Teen Titans" #19 among others.
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Superman, Creeper, Batman, Captain America, pretty much anyone who's interesting.
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Mezco unleashes the Punisher, Diamond Select Toys unveils cartoon-based Marvel Minimates and Mattel shows off DC Super Hero Girls role play!
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" inspires new pieces from Hot Toys, Mezco, Sideshow Collectibles and more!
Marvel takes center stage this week with new collectibles based on "Captain America: Civil War" and characters like Daredevil, Wolverine and more!
Mezco's One:12 Collective continues to grow as Sideshow reminds us the terrifying power of Heath Ledger's Joker in "The Dark Knight."
"Insufferable: On the Road" writer and Thrillbent co-founder Mark Waid discusses his story and working in all aspects of the comic book industry.
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams reveal the origins of BOOM!'s new girl detective, "Goldie Vance."
Writers James Roberts and John Barber look back at the massive changes they've put IDW's Transformers comics through, and ahead to 50 more issues.
Hot Toys unsheathes Guardians of the Galaxy's Drax, Tweeterhead goes classic with Batman and Diamond Select Toys shows off Comic Book Heroes.
The father of cyberpunk tells CBR about working with IDW and artist Butch Guice to make a story about alternate realities his first comic book.
Looking back at more of Mattel and Mezco Toy Fair showing and new products featuring Batman, Iron Man and more!
CBR closes out its Toy Fair 2016 coverage with even more goodness from Mattel, Hasbro, Kid Robot, Kotobukiya and many more!
Video game, movie and TV properties like "Batman: Arkham City," "Terminator" and "Ash vs. Evil Dead" made grand debuts at NECA's booth in New York.
Pop Vinyl, Mystery Mini, Mopeez and more bring dozens of new characters into the Funko fold, from "Suicide Squad" to Barbie and beyond.
"Dirk Gently" EPs Max Landis and Arvind Ethan David discuss the new incarnation of Douglas Adams' Holistic Detective on TV and in comics.
Comic and film-based takes on DC and Marvel's comic book and movie icons as well as Star Wars galore filled the LEGO show room in New York.
The toy maker will expand its Minimates line in 2016, while adding more licensed products for "X-Files," "X-Men" and more.
McFarlane Toys founder Todd McFarlane tells CBR about big announcements from the show, new licenses and the changing face of the toy industry.
The company is growing its "Batman: The Animated Series" offerings, launch several Harley Quinn-based lines and Intrdouce more Greg Capullo figures.
Between Marvel comic and movie figures and brand new Star Wars offerings, Hasbro had plenty to show off at Toy Fair.
DC Collectibles, Diamond Select Toys, Hot Toys and more showed off killer new collectibles before the show even started!