Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
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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Sideshow Collectibles, Bluefin Tamshii Nations, Diamond Select Toys and others display all kinds of goodies at NYCC.
As "Witchblade" comes to a close, co-creator and Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri looks back on Sara Pezzini's legacy with writers Ron Marz and Tim Seeley.
Robert Rodriguez, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza Gonzalez and more discuss the second season of El Ray's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series."
Hasbro, Diamond Select Toys and "The Walking Dead" all make strong showings at this year's edition of the New York Comic Con.
It's a "Jem and the Holograms" creative team reunion when Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell spin their tale of "Dark Jem."
Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening expand on Dan Aykroyd's plans and send the team globe-hopping in IDW's "Ghostbusters International" series.
Diamond Select Toys, Funko and Super 7 all show off NYCC Exclusives while Vinyl Sugar and NECA gives us something to fear this month.
The artists and creatives behind DC's pin-up inspired Bombshells discuss its massive, seemingly endless popularity and the line's past and future.
Funko and IAmElemental unveil NYCC exclusives while Tweeterhead shows off He-Man and plenty of adorable comic characters make their debut.
Legendary "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" writer Larry Hama sheds light on IDW's impending "Cobra World Order" story launching in #219.
DC Collectibles revealed December goodness while Kotobukiya upgrades Iron Man's armor, Hot Toys chills with some Snowtroopers and much more.
After more than a decade, Joe Mad revives "Battle Chasers" with a Kickstarter-fueled video game and three long-awaited new issues of the comic book.
Veteran animation producer Marty Isenberg discusses Disney XD's take on "Guardians of the Galaxy" and how, like the film, family is at its heart.
Funko and Underground Toys have new Star Wars items while Sideshow, Kotobukiya and Executive Replicas flip to comic characters for inspiration.
CBR spoke with the "Box Office Poison" cartoonist about his new Top Shelf OGN that shows how adulthood and and children can alter adult friendships.
Everyone from Hasbro and Hot Toys to Kotobukiya, Funko and more debuted their "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" toys and collectibles this week!
Gigantic new figures including Hot Toys Nick Fury, Mondo Leonardo and Executive Replica Sheena make the rounds this week.
Diamond Select Toys unveils more Marvel and movie Minimates while Play Arts Kai shows off Black Widow and Captain America.
Mike Carey and Mike Perkins blend an original horror tale with real-world history and geography in their haunted house thriller, "Rowans Ruin."
Sideshow's Sabertooth looks ready to rumble with Kotobukiya's Magik, plus lots of Pops from Funko and two takes on Boba Fett.