Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
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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"Guardians of the Galaxy" MiniMates, DC Collectibles' latest and Captain America large scale figures from NECA and Sideshow debut!
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A CG-animated take on Charles Schulz's legendary comic strip is set for Nov. 6, 2015, and here's the first teaser trailer and promotional images.
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Miles Teller explains that Josh Trank’s "Fantastic Four" will be very grounded and showcase “very human people.”
Director Noam Murro's "300: Rise of an Empire" brought in $45M, launching the sequel to Zack Snyder's Frank Miller adaptation to the top of the box office.
A variety of DC collectibles, Marvel Minis and even some Muppets earned the collectibles spotlight this week!
Kate Leth sends Marceline and Jake the Dog off for some "Adventure Time" of their own in the original graphic novel "Seeing Red."
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Eric Powell and Brian Churilla team with John Carpenter and BOOM! Studios to tell the adventures of Jack Burton, star of "Big Trouble In Little China."
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BOOM! Studios' Matt Gagnon and Filip Sablik have an in-depth discussion about the publisher's strategy for attracting new readers while expanding the industry.
The CW's "The Flash" has hired Michelle Harrison to play Barry Allen’s murdered mother Nora Allen.
Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson discuss "Lumberjanes" and the importance of tearing down the metaphorical "No Girls Allowed" signs from comic stores.
CBR looks back at an eventful Toy Fair that saw even more Alien, Transformers and DC Comics collectibles unveiled in its wake.
Upcoming comic movies "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" had strong showings at Toy Fair alongside classic favorites.
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh gets in on some animated action as the voice of Heimdall in this week's "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H."
Writer Shaun Manning asks the question of what happens if a narcotic can induce time travel in his and artist Anna Wieszczyk's "Interesting Drug."