Today's interview is with a very passionate and hard working dude named Dan. I met Dan through the comic book store I work at. Every week when Dan comes to pick up his books we have a bit chat about everything from his passion for comics, music and film and I get the most epic high fives from him.
Daniel Kent is a Vegan Straight Edge dude and freshly graduated Sound Engineer from Melbourne, Australia. He plays in too many bands and is extremely passionate about writing/recording music especially the punx musics.
About 5 years ago a friend of a friend lent me Batman and Son by Grant Morrison and the first two issues of the New 52 Wonder Woman and told me to read. I was very hesitant and put it off for a long time like 2 years until I was working at a pizza shop and in between deliveries it got really boring so I brought the Batman book with me to work one night to kill time and I was just hooked after that. My housemate at the time was a little into comics at the time as well so he taught all the things I was afraid to ask at a shop because I didn't want to feel like an idiot. I had tried to get into comics before that because the Iron Man movie sparked an interest and I ended getting a golden age essential Iron Man trade paper back and it was impenetrable. I am glad I gave it another shot because now its where half my time and money goes. Haha
I think this all depends on what you resonate with whether it be DC, Marvel or just a good story, so I will do a couple of each.
For a person who might be into Batman or Superman and wants to get to know more of the characters Identity Crisis is amazing book that is self contained that will put you straight into a story that is easy to pick up with a very satisfying ending and a true detective comic in every sense of the word.
If you have any interest in the Marvel characters from the movies/netflix series I would recommend the Bendis run on Daredevil for anyone who's loving the Daredevil or Jessica Jones shows and if you have any kind of interest in X-Men and don't want to read 300+ issues to know whats going on I would suggest Rick Remender's X-Force, you get a complete story with some Wolverine and Deadpool which are characters you will already be somewhat familiar with.
If you want a great story you can't go past Brian K Vaugn's Saga and Y: the last man, two completely different and brilliant stories that will get you super invested in an original story also Blacksad is a must!! Note: All the books I have mentioned have strong themes that can be quite shocking, so these books I would definitely recommend to a teen and up audience
I share my love of comics with my girlfriend a lot as she is my best friend and one of the only close people I talk comics with. Since sharing with my girlfriend she has gotten really into DareDevil, The Punisher and Iron Fist. She is constantly coming up with cosplay ideas for characters she loves and helping me with my costume when it came to free comic book day. I find a lot of the way I share my comic experience with my friends is through TV and Movies because they aren't too interested in reading the books. The best is when I go into All Star Comics and talk about everything comics with my friends who work there because they are the nicest, most open minded people to share with which is why part of the reason I look forward to going in there to pick up books and chat :) oh and I listen to a lot of podcasts!
4. What is your favourite comic book memory?
My favourite comic book memory was one day I got home to a huge package of Punisher singles I had brought off ebay and I started reading this one mini series called In The Blood written by Rick Remender. I start to read this book and it was awesome but weird because I had never seen The Punisher have help before especially from a young dude around my age and the artist has drawn him wearing a 7 Seconds t shirt which is a classic 80s punk band I love. Towards the end of the story it's the kids birthday and he is with his family and has parted ways with The Punisher and the kid opens this one present and it's two records The Dead Kennedy's and The Bad Brains (again bands I love) and the kid is super grateful to his parents for buying the records and says thanks to them and they are all like but that was us and the kid realizes it was The Punisher and I was like Holy!! This is the best book ever!
5. Favourite comic book character of all time?
The Punisher all the way.
6. What message would you like to give Nerd Burger readers who are too nervous about reading comics?
Just be yourself, stop caring what others think and do what you think is right and if that's reading comics because they are fun or for escapism it's totally cool! If you find it intimidating, keep watching the Nerd Burger videos and check out some podcasts where they talk about different books/creators and characters weekly it'll catch you up in no time!
I hope you all enjoyed the third 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.
Check out Mama Jane's interview here
Check out Savanna Ganucheau's interview here
Thank you so much to Dan for being a part of this. You are such a rad dude.
Please feel free to check out Dan's instagram @danxfuryofficial.
I hope you are all having a wonderful week.