My name is Sarah-Jayne, I’m 28 years old and from the UK. I’ve been reading comics for as long as I can remember. My first superhero encounter was discovering my dads collection of Captain America comics in 1988, at the age of 3. I had already been reading for a while and after trundling through such classics as three little pigs, and three bears I was enthralled with not only the collection of words on the page but by the pictures that accompanied these words. I guess it was around that age I decided I wanted to be able to draw like that, I’ve heard my dad say I picked up a pencil that day and to this day he’s never seen a day pass by I haven’t had one in it. As I got older I found my dads collection gave way to my own, I found a superhero I could relate to, the amazingly awesome but clearly obvious female superhero that is Wonder Woman, and naturally she led me to adore the character of Superman. As well as comics, I began to collect memorabilia, books, clothes, lunch boxes, Action figures and as the eyes passed, movies and tv series (yes, I had a soft spot in my teens for Dean Cain’s portrayal of superman) .
I reached my teens and fell in love with another superhero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she was a teenager at the same time as I was, she went to a high school pretty similar to mine, sure we didn’t have zeppos and vengeance demons, but we had more than one Harmony and a few Cordelia Chases and most of the male population were comparable to a pack of hyenas. I had a small group of friends, who would meet every morning at the library, and who would meet every week and we would watch the new episode together at someone’s house, we would call ourselves The Scooby Gang and we would listen to the Buffy Soundtrack religiously… Then we started collecting. And sharing the comics… Despite the hard time we had as outcasts in school, these comics brought us together and made us feel a part of something.
As I got older I started to branch out my comic taste, I now collect such wonders as Gail Simone’s The Movement, Furious by Bryan J L Glass, Batman Lil Gotham, Hacktivists, Batman/Superman, Harley Quinn and Dream Merchant. I no longer seclude myself to DC although I remain ever faithful, I now have a huge indie collection. I still collect Wonder Woman comics, both old issue and the new 52, and any other comics she appears in, Amecomi girls, Wonder Woman and superman… And I still collect Buffy and angel and faith comics. My love for these will be eternal.
I have had the absolute pleasure of having a daughter who adores comics as much as I do. She despised the acquired reading I imposed upon her as soon as I realised she could read at age 2 also, and having devoured all the biff and chip books her creative brain could manage to take in, I found her sifting through my comic collection. She fell in love with Wonder Woman and Buffy, the way I did. She also found her own love for such characters as Spiderman, Batman, Harley Quinn, Gwen Stacey, Katharsis and the Flash. She devours comics as much as I do these days, weekly trips to our local comic store where she has her own pull list and talks her way around the store with the ease of an adult. She’s developed a love for reading now that I’m sure having not been introduced to comics she never would have had, and at 5 years old is determined to be a stunt double (just like Sophia Crawford) when she’s older because it’s the closest job to being a real life superhero. She’s an adrenaline junkie and she has an imagination I wish I’d never lost.
I am comics, She is Comics, We Are Comics