Explain your website? Modern Age Comics is a comic book website that focuses solely on what is new. Our site is a blog based page that is everything the big name websites can’t be. We can answer questions, tell new readers where to start, give our opinions, share amazing art, promote comics, provide the big news, and having brutally honest reviews. Basically we try to be part of the comic book community because at the end of the day we are fans just like you.
Have you always been into comics? I would say yes, between my father and uncle I was immersed quite young. From age 2 you can see photos of me in Superman pajamas and homemade cape. From there I went to the animated series to reading trades and back issues given to me from my uncle and his close friend. In all honesty the Wednesday ritual has only been for the past few years.
What compelled you to start the website? The original idea was to give myself a way of communicating with the comic book community and share what I was learning as I went along.
When did you start? Shortly before New York comic con 2011. We went there not even thinking on a level of promoting as we called it “the blog” but when we came back we knew that when we returned the next year we would be ready. From that point.. that is when it turned from my online diary to a second job.
Did you have any difficulties starting up? The beginning was the easiest, if you compare then to the now, I really knew nothing and all I wanted to do was learn. The blog in the beginning was mostly just art that amused me that I would then research and in many cases seek out to read. I didn’t give myself so many regulations and goals yet!
Are things easier today? I wouldn’t say difficult but more on the overwhelming side especially since our audience is growing faster than ever. What is easier is that currently some old friends and new ones have joined me and what amazing difference they have been.
Have you noted any progress now that the site has been running for a while? The last year there has been the most progress. Multiple press passes, free comics, and action figures to be reviewed. Followers are jumping on board at double the speed this time last year. Additionally I’ve had a lot of great and creative people contact me recently and that is what really had me notice the progress.
For whom is the site intended? Our idea is to remain grounded and relevant to everything new and to be friendly to new readers and reliable to the veterans. Whether you simply own a Batman T-shirt or spend over 100 at the comic shop each week. But beyond that, we are here for the small time creators and up and comer’s. We always offer help in the form of advertisement and attention.
What do you think the state of the comics industry is like at the moment? Between the avengers and the dark Knight, the new 52 and Marvel now, the walking dead, and the now digital availability.. comic books are making a great comeback and it is an amazing time to be a fan or creator.
What you’re doing is often an endless and rarely thankful task, do you feel you get the credit you deserve? I think of our website as shared information, So I really don’t feel the need to be credited and really I am not alone I have great people that help me work every day to keep it going. Really our opinions or thoughts is what separate us from the larger well known comic book websites so when we get responses, that is thanks enough, that shows us that what we think can be valued.
What keeps you going? Many things, the feeling of a connection to the comic book community, assisting creators, and helping fans that may have questions or looking for a place to start. Being a fan of something and then talking about it with people all over the world, nothings better.
In your opinion how much do sites such as yours contribute to the industry? Mainly what we can do is to help new readers take that scary step into our world, bring veteran readers news and opinions that are without a persuading profit, and attempt to assist creators starting out.
You must put a lot of time and effort to keep it going for no financial gain whatsoever, do you feel you get enough respect for what you do? If you add up every follower from each platform we post to.. all the views we receive each day.. I would say yes, when someone makes one click to see what we have to say on a daily basis, that is more than enough for us.
You do a lot of quality comic book reviews on your site, how can creators get their books reviewed on your site? Just ask, I will repeat again and again we are just fans and we will review whatever you ask us to. I do want to say though our complete review section at this moment can be represented by one person and if you’re not familiar with his work we all recommend you read what he has produced for us. I originally was trying to do reviews myself but found time was not enough, sought out for help amongst the community, and received and befriend one of the best writers I have yet to know.
Do you have any submission requirements? No we do not. We answer and try to make good to all requests. We are open to anything you feel we should share.. comic book related of course.
How can they get in touch with you? As of now by email is the best way to ask or send us something. But if you have a more pressing matter that you need us for, simply give your name and number and the appropriate member of the site will contact you as soon as possible.
Do you do interviews on your site? That is the one thing we have yet to really accomplish. We are still open for more people to work on the site and opened for someone to take the role as a bit of the public speaker. It is something we are moving towards and talk about often.
You travel to a lot of conventions what sort of feedback do you get? As of now we stick to solely east coast conventions over here in the U.S. but as the site is growing larger and those who work on the site are increasing we do plan within to venture out even possibly across some water.
Have creators ever spoke to you about reviews of their work in a convention? Not at a convention but a good example of what you’re asking is this when the colorist of the current Deadpool series Val Staples wrote to us generally reminding us to give his position more attention in our reviews. We kindly responded with a previous review of a different comic he worked on a month earlier where we specifically mentioned how great he was. He was nice enough to send us a holiday card later that year.
Do you find conventions useful for networking? Conventions are way too hectic for networking to the general public nor are we trying to bother anyone or waste paper. When we go we mingle mostly with small and will hand out a card and say love to review your work, check out our page.
Do you have any interesting stories that happend in a show you’d like to share? There are plenty of interesting stories from conventions, from seeing Robert Kirkman casually walk by, chasing Scott Snyder with an owl mask, to making friends on a line waiting to meet Grant Morrison… each convention we go to becomes all we talk about until another comes around. There really is no way to describe the things you see.
Do you have any projects for the future? We’re in the process of gathering looking for ways to become better acquainted with smalltime creators. We are still brainstorming new ways of presenting reviews and giveaways. We even are talking of bringing in new members for those who are willing to contribute, no better way to be community based then to have them work on the page. Although the day to day project is always sharing, helping, and build bonds.
At this point, this is more than just a hobby.
-Modern Age Comics