The moment I first decided to start this series of interviews the very first person I wanted to talk to was Jane Finnsson. Her passion for comics fills my hear with joy. She is always getting involved in the local scene attending local book launches and signings, creating incredible cosplay and writing in-depth and informative reviews for her blog Mama Jane Reads Comics. I wanted to share her passion for comics with you all.
1. What was the comic book that first ignited your passion for comics?
I was a casual fan trying to find my niche and I picked up a copy of Rat Queens Volume 1 because it was next to the counter and had an interesting cover. After I read the second page I was completely hooked and it is still my absolute favourite running series. As soon as I discovered there was so much more than just superheroes I started reading everything I could get my hands on and now read many different series.
People are all so different that there isn't one thing that everybody will love and usually takes some trial and error before you find something that works for you. I always recommend Saga to new readers, the art by Fiona Staples is captivating, has a fantastically epic story and some of the best written characters in any entertainment medium but I find that trying lots of different things is always beneficial to find what fits you best. Grab something that looks interesting and see where it goes. If you like superheroes grab some Batman, if you like Horror grab something that looks scary, if you like cutesy grab Squirrel Girl, the more you try the more fun you can have.
I share my love of comics through my blog Mama Janes Reads A Comic. The blog is where I share my opinion on comics and recommend what I like and think other people might enjoy. My Facebook page I use to post more of my daily thoughts and musings about the wonderful world of comics. I also do the occasional cosplay that I use as a way to include my mother (who knows very little about comics) into my hobby as she is she enjoys sewing and has been able to help me create many wonderful the costumes I request.
I have so many wonderful memories of going to conventions and events and meeting local creators who are just some of the most awesome people I've ever met. If I had to pick just one moment, it would have to be Christmas 2014 when my younger brother made me a Rat Queen’s hanging sign. I tweeted it to Kurtis Wiebe, the writer of Rat Queens, and he actually tweeted me back complimenting the sign.
5. Favourite comic book character of all time?
Oh my goodness this is such a tough question and it changes depending on what day of the week you ask me but if I had to pick just one I would have to go with Squirrel Girl. I love how she is completely capable of kicking some major butt but instead chooses to defeat her villains with quick thinking, understanding and friendship.
6. What message would you like to give Nerd Burger readers who are too nervous about reading comics?
Get down to your local comic store, pick something up and start reading, you'll find things that you love and find things that you hate. Nobody can tell you what you should or shouldn't enjoy so it doesn't matter if you enjoy the most popular comic out there or read something that you and a friend got together and wrote and illustrated yourself. The more you read the more you can enjoy.
I hope you all enjoyed the second of many interviews for this new ongoing series Comics Are For Everyone. It is my hope that by reading about all the different people who read comics and have them share their passion, it will encourage you to pick up a comic book and read with us.
Thank you so much to Jane for being a part of this. You are so hard working and inspiring. Your passion for comics is so heartfelt and lovely.
Please feel free to tweet Jane @YourMamaJane If you are interested in checking out some rad comic book reviews head over to her blog www.mamajanereadsacomic.blogspot.com.au