By Pup Napoleon
Where did you get the name "Gay Comic Geek?"
I was originally just the Comic Book Geek online. But there were about a billion other comic book geeks everywhere. None seemed to say that they were gay. I'm sure many were, but I couldn't identify them, since none seemed to post it online. So I decided, “Gay Comic Geek” is going to be my name. That way, no one can mistake me for being the gay geek.
How did you get into comic books?
In my personal life, I grew up moving a lot because of issues. I missed the basics in elementary school. I never bothered to learn to read. I got passed in school because my mother yelled a lot at principals and teachers. In 5th grade, a counselor took it upon herself to try and help me. She gave me a comic book on Robin. I couldn't read what it said, but she said she'd help me learn it. I wanted to read it badly enough that I took the extra time to catch up with my peers. I never stopped reading.
As you've aged, how have your tastes in comics changed?
Comics themselves change. Many times, comic books reflect what society is currently going through. Some titles become more adult while others are regressed to slightly more than a fan service. My tastes generally vary from week to week, depending on my mood. But I have maintained my love of superheroes more than anything else.
How have you seen the world of comic books change in your lifetime, in contrast to social, political, and newer issues emerging?
Comic books have always been about politics and social issues. It is generally reflected in many comic book titles. Superman was created to fight against social injustice. Wonder Woman fights for women against male oppression. Besides being much more blatant cheesy in dialog, comic books really have not changed a lot with respect to these politics.
What made you find YouTube as an outlet for your creativity?
Originally it was boredom. I was leaving work and I realized I had nothing to do. So I turned the camera on and started to talk about a comic book I read and went into a geek rant on the story. After a few people commented and asked for my opinion on other comic books, I just kept doing it after that.
At what point did it then take your focus and become your primary work?
There was no point that this happened. I maintain a lot of focus on several points of work in my life. My degree is in social work and I still make social services my main focus. Comic books are just a huge stress reliever that I continue to work with.
Why do you think your fans love what you do?
I do not know if any fans love my work, but I do receive lots of positive encouragement. Mostly I gauge my fans on comments and messages from everyone that watches my work. I get negative stuff here and there, but luckily the people who enjoy my postings far outweigh the haters.
Where can your new fans here find you?
I have several sites, but the main site that I use is Patreon. My site is: www.Patreon.com/GayComicGeek
This site is used primarily for content creators, whether they be musicians, artists, vloggers, or performers. It's a way for fans to give back to entertainers that they follow and enjoy. Obviously it is not for everyone, and not everyone can contribute. I wouldn't expect it. Some people are not financially capable of helping. Some only passingly care about their vloggers. It makes sense. But I am so appreciative of those that do care about me. So it is great that the few that do contribute are such great people.
You've got some great moves as these heroes. For which superheroes have you always had an affinity?
Tim Drake, aka the 3rd Robin, is my favorite characters of all time. He was the first comic book hero I ever read about and he is also the first character that I ever cosplayed as at my first comic book convention.
Would you classify this role play as a fetish?
There is a huge fetish community for spandex and superheroes. I would not say that I'm really into the fetish aspect of this, but I do know that many of my fans love it. I play into it a bit myself, but I always worry that I may ruin or damage my costumes if I go too far with some role plays.
What about wearing the costumes do you enjoy?
I usually like the art of making the costumes. Wearing them also makes me feel more like the character. It is like any person wearing a costume of a character that they admire. It empowers them a bit and also displays their love of that character.
Who are the other boys with whom you dress up?
I have a lot of friends that I costume with at many different conventions. The vast majority are surprisingly straight men, but there are some gay men here and there that also want to costume with me. It just happens that the group that I have found consists of mostly heterosexuals that enjoy different characters that compliment each other in a way to form complete superhero teams.
How do you want to see people use your site?
Any way they want to see it. I talk about adult topics but I also talk about the most basic of comic book and geeky topics as well. I go back and forth. Some fans like all my views, some only tune in for specific topics. It all depends on the person.
What are your next releases going to focus upon?
There are many comic book endeavors about to be released in the future, and I really can't wait to talk about them. Not to mention some of the future movies coming out based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Universe.
Any future creative efforts, outside of Gay Comic Geek?
Oh yes. I also like to dress up for other types of conventions out there. One of which is the Renaissance Fair. That's something that is happening very soon. My best friend's birthday is coming up and he's pretty much requiring us all to dress as pirates. I consider that a challenge that I can't wait to do! There are also some gay conventions coming up outside of my area that I would love to attend. I have never been to a leather convention yet. But I see that in my near future!
Check The Gay Comic Geek out online, Gaycomicgeek.com, or his Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, and Patreon, all @GayComicGeek.