From a very early age I have bought and read comics.
In the beginning it was a staple diet of the Beano and the Dandy that fed my young mind but a simple passing interest in reading became a fully fledged obsession when I was given some issues of Transformers UK. The compelling new material created by Simon Furman, Lee Sullivan, Geoff Senior, Andrew Wildman, etc, hooked me into a weekly fix of action and adventure.
Afterwards I sought out, at first, a multitude of Marvel UK publications which were often American Reprints, such as The Punisher which included the Vietnam War set story The 'Nam. But there was also a number of home grown characters. Death's Head, Motormouth, Warheads were all on my reading list when I could get hold of them.
At this time Dark Horse started releasing UK reprints of their comics, so the movie franchise became regular reading also.
And of course, 2000AD.
As I matured, my reading habits matured and I was guided through the comic book world by following writers like Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis and Peter Milligan. My own education in Art, through school and on to University, increased my appreciation of comic book art.
After many years of reading, and by default collecting, I began writing about and reviewing comics. Firstly for myself on Tumblr and then, in May 2014, I started to write for Need To Consume. It was during my time with this website that I was given the confidence to express myself and dig into the comics that I love to read. Because I had limited time I found that I would mainly review comics that I actually enjoyed, this is something that I still do today. That's not to say that there aren't bad comics out there but with limited time available why spend it on negativity? I criticise comics but more often than not I enjoyed the comic before I start to write about it. It's all about trying to explain to others why that comic is worth reading. The other writers/editors at Need To Consume encouraged me and had faith in what I was doing and for that I am eternally grateful.
In 2016 I moved on to ComiConverse.com where I still post reviews on a regular basis. With my partner, I also organised and hosted my own comic convention RobotCon . In the second year it became more Art and illustration focused but comic book work was the inspiration behind it.
Off the back of that I became a member of the Sheffield Comic Network which meets on a monthly basis to discus comics and all things arty.
I now have this blog.