What do you remember about the 1990s overall when it comes to pop culture?
I remember bright colors, baggy pants, airbrushed overalls, high top fades, and a strong sense to find your identity within your culture but at the same time trying to find your own. Hip Hop was a baby and was working its way into being embraced by mainstream society. Michael Jackson was bad but LL Cool J was awesome.
What were your favorite Marvel comics of the '90s?
I was just getting into it as far as having a steady flow of material through my friend Jon. It wasn’t until the mid/late '90s I had enough money to buy my own. Then I was really into trade paperbacks trying to get all the stories. I was just soaking up everything. I was in love with Jim Lee’s art but I loved the X-Men stories. The Spider-Man [Clone Saga] was interesting and confusing but I loved it. Then I found Peter David—one of my favorite writers and his Hulk stories had me hooked.
How would you describe the appeal of Marvel comics during that era?
Everyone was angsty! Just mad at the world and as a teenager it was great. Also it was the decade of the new artists like Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane, two of my favorites. I also felt like the '90s was the decade that the comic nerd was not afraid to show themselves. We were all reading the X-Men books in public proudly and it was fantastic!
How have comics influenced your life personally and professionally?
They have influenced me greatly. I was able to lose myself in this world. I started trying to write my own because I wanted to see if I could create stories like the ones I was reading. Professionally, comics have always had a strong influence on how I carry myself. The way I dressed, I have no shame walking into a room with comic t-shirt. I proudly shout comic nerd to the roof tops. I met comics when I was a kid and they have been with me ever since!
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