Our Team

Comicosity was forged in the fires of the internet in early 2012 to provide comic book fans with up-to-date news, interviews, and complete coverage of the world of comics.

From the “big two” to independent publishers, comics is an ever-growing, ever-changing business and since then, Comicosity has striven to promote voices that don’t often get heard — from marginalized groups of fans to underrated creators fighting for better representation for women, persons of color, and the LGBTA/queer community.

Our ultimate goal, as longtime fans sharing ideas with new and seasoned readers alike, is to carve out a space where you can enjoy comics more — not less — as a result of your visit.

Sometimes critics, often advocates — always fans. And we are totally thumbs up on punching Nazis.

 

Editorial

Aaron Long Matt Santori

 

Writing Staff

Emma Houxbois Doug Zawisza Jessica Boyd
Allen Thomas John Emenputsch Aaron Meyers
Draven Katayama Kelly Richards Nikki Sherman
Amy Ziegfeld Michael Hale Heather Joy
Mexi Gremillion Terrence Sage Kara Leavitt
MJ Rae Dayna Abel Spokhette Ballard
E.A. Sofia Izzy Golightly Jay Barrett

 

Contributors

Keith Callbeck J. Skyler Carolina González
Sam Marx

 

Aaron Long

Editor-in-Chief, Owner

Writer: Kickstarter Watch, #MakeComics



Aaron Long is a man of many loves: family, baseball, technology, and comics (shocking, right?). Raised a Marvel-boy, this self-proclaimed Avengers fanatic returned to comic reading a few years ago after a long pause and has never looked back. This Marvel-boy now finds himself reading titles from the big two, indies and everything in between, and life couldn’t be better.  Aaron can be found on Twitter (@juice005) and pretty much any other flavour of social networking.

 

Matt Santori

Senior Editor, Co-Owner

Writer: Crisis of Epic Proportion, Queer Visibility


Matt Santori has been reading comic books since his 8th birthday and consequently considers himself an organized hoarder, much to the chagrin of his husband and two fat little cats. He is a classically trained artist and photographer, and full-time writer. He was sure as a young child he would develop super-powers one day, but it has not (yet) come to pass. He is destined to die accidentally, buried under a dislodged stack of comic book boxes. Until then, Matt can be found fighting the good fight, wielding words as every good Jewish kid should do.

 

EmmaEmma Houxbois

Writer: Transmyscira, Transmet


Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer trans woman from the wilds of Canada, most recently spotted in the Pacific Northwest. She is a two time IWC Women’s World Champion and has written about comics for the web since 2005 for sites including Playboy, Bitch Media, and Graphic Policy.

 

doug_zawiszaDoug Zawisza

Writer


No stranger to comics or the journalistic orbits around them, Doug is a long-time comic book fan. The thrill began with a coverless Spider-Man comic (possibly Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #17, although it may have been Marvel Team-Up #58 – it was coverless and almost forty years ago!) and has not stopped. A full-time doer of other stuff, father of three and husband to one, Doug finds he needs to keep busy. Combine a need to be busy and a love of comics = write about them.

Author/editor/designer of the Hawkman Companion, Doug’s favorite character is Cliff Steele a.k.a. Robotman. His Flash is Wally West. Doug’s dog is named Shazam for no other reason than Doug hopes one day, when he shouts into the backyard, that magical lightning just may respond.

Doug is also a fan of football (both kinds, although he calls the one “soccer”) and aspires to work on younger reader books some day.

 

Jessica Boyd

Writer: HERoes

Raised a lady, chosen to be geek. Jessica is a journalist turned educator who spends her free time carting around kids, watching science fiction and squeezing in comics where possible. Main message: yes, even mothers read, and have opinions, about comics.

 

Allen Thomas

Writer: Representation and Health 101


A long time DC-turned-Marvel fanboy, Allen’s love of superheroes started with cartoons like X-Men and B:TAS and his first comic was Green Lantern, starring Kyle Rayner. Since watching the Teen Titans animated series at 16, he has collected comics and he has a particular fondness for the Young Avengers, Carol Danvers, Jessica Drew, and many other women and queer characters in comic books. Besides his love for comics, Allen is an avid gamer and can be found playing something Final Fantasy related when not lamenting his dissertation, or watching cartoons like Steven Universe and We Bare Bears. He’s a soon-to-be Doctor in Counseling Psychology and has a passion for research on the intersection of identities and how comic books can be used in therapy, particularly with LGBTQ people.

 

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Writer: Hot Five


John has been reading comics since 1995 when — on his 8th birthday — he picked up X-Men: Alpha and Astonishing X-Men #1 from the local drug store. It was fitting that he bought the comics where he did, because he was soon addicted and hasn’t looked back since. Despite growing up a Marvel Zombie with a special place in his heart for the X-Men, John is an equal opportunity reader, and has spent the better part of the last 19 years consuming as many comics has he can.

Despite his nasty comic habit, he was able to graduate from University of California – Irvine with degrees in Cognitive Science and Political Science, and a minor in History. The only thing that even comes close to eclipsing his love of comic books is his love of sports, the only hobby he has had longer. When he isn’t reading comics he is usually watching sports, and oftentimes he is doing both simultaneously. He consumes media at an abnormal rate, and people often wonder how he can read so many comics or watch so much television He can be found on Twitter discussing comics, sports, TV, and film as @jpooch21.

 

AaronAaron Meyers

Writer: The Honor Roll


Aaron Meyers loves reading comics, collecting comics and talking about comics. He’s grateful to share his love of comics with all of his friends on the Internet. From Twitter at @aaronmeyers, to his new podcast, Comics Therapy with Andrea Shockling, it’s all about the love of comics. He also loves his family, especially his wife, Chrissy Meyers. And while you were taking the time to read this, Aaron went and bought all the best issues from your store’s dollar bin. You lose, Aaron wins. #AllTheComics

 

DravenDraven Katayama

Writer


Draven Katayama, better known as loudlysilent, loves all things X-Men (especially Jubilee), Runaways (especially Molly Hayes and Nico Minoru), and other YA/teen Marvel characters (especially Hazmat). They saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier five times in the theater and know every episode of Glee, The Fosters, and Modern Family by heart. Say hi on Twitter and Tumblr.

 

KellyKelly Richards

Writer


Kelly was raised on Star Trek, and X-Men cartoons. She currently lives in Bristol with her husband and is studying towards a Master’s degree in social and cultural theory. Kelly may or may not have been trained in the red room and is almost definitely still waiting to develop her mutant powers. You can go say hi at Tumblr or Twitter.

 

Nikki Sherman

Writer


Perpetual 90s kid with a love for comics and video games. Can be found tweeting nonsense about pop culture when not creating fictional pull-lists for her favorite characters, trying to make things easy for new comic readers, and playing with cats.

 

AmyHeadColor250x250Amy Ziegfeld

Writer


Amy Ziegfeld is an attorney practicing law in New York. Formerly of the IRS, she has gone rogue and performs vigilante justice in her private practice. She loves old comics, and rambling about same; the law, and philosophizing about same; and food, and eating same.

 

PhotoMichael Hale

Writer: The Comics Classroom


Michael started loving comic-centric characters the moment he watched Batman the Animated Series in the 90s. While his love of comics took a backseat to film, he returned to the comic medium when he began re-focusing his interests towards joining higher education. Michael (obsessively) believes comics are an underused means to diversify education, both on the grad-school and college levels. Michael adores Marvel comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse … basically any and every comic he had get his hands on. His love even extends (again, obsessively) to eastern comics, ie: manga. Michael is currently a University of Texas at Arlington PhD student, a UTT Blogger, and he is always working on some kind of insane, time-consuming project. His comic-spirit animal is also Larfleeze.

 

HeatherHeather Joy

Writer


I’m Heather. I like comic books.

 

 

MexiMexi Gramillion

Writer


Recent double major double minor college graduate. Amateur writer of all things. All around nerd. Mexi Gremillion spends most of her time figuring out what she’s doing with her life while pursuing her writing passions to (somehow) create an actual career out of them. Raised by DC cartoons and living off MCU excellency, Mexi strives to understand all comic universes—from Archie to Valiant—so that she can one day conquer one (or all) as a CCO. But for now, she’s fine just writing about them.

 

TerrenceSageTerrence Sage

Writer


19 year old Young Avenger on the weekends. Black and Proud. I’m all about the comics and fighting the good fight. Writer for the culture since 2015.

 

Kara Leavitt

Writer


Kara is a pre-vet sophomore at Tufts University. She loves reading comics in her spare time and frequenting her local movie theater.

 

MJ Rae

Writer


Megan is a pint-sized nerd in a big comics world. She loves Aquaman (not just AquaMomoa), ice cream, zines, and her silly cat, Durin. She is a comic shop employee, an LCS Valkyrie Admin, and mother of a new nerdlet. She enjoys writing about all things comics, games, and fun! Her super powers include changing her hair color too often, awarding herself imaginary Lumberjanes badges, and always having snacks. In her spare time, she reads books without pictures and tries to perfect a life balance somewhere between gory horror and kitten cuddles. You can find her hiding from convention crowds and on Twitter as @hellotinymegan.

 

Dayna Abel

Writer


Dayna Abel is a second-generation comic book nerd who wanted to be Supergirl when she grew up, but would be perfectly willing to moonlight as She-Ra. She is the co-creator and executive producer of MadeOfFail.net and is a freelance proofreader, editor and writer. She lives near New Orleans and enjoys playing far more World Of Warcraft than is really necessary, attempting to pet every cat in the world, fighting the patriarchy and pronouncing GIF with a hard G as God intended.

 

Spokhette Ballard

Writer


The personification of a nerdette, Spokhette spends all of her free time reading comics (being a DC Fangirl), watching fictional detectives, and playing video games. When she isn’t writing for Comicosity, she’s attending her own blog, Nerdette At Large, and filming videos for her channel Nerdette Minute. Inked, sex positive, intersectionally feminist, and a proud member of the Slytherin House.

 

E.A. Sofia

Writer


E.A. Sofia is a fangirl who writes about books. A longtime reader since childhood, she became a fan of comics as an adult and found a whole new world of stories to explore. She wants to use her writing to help make comics fandom more welcoming to new fans.

 

Izzy Golightly

Writer


Hi my name is Izzy and I’m a St. Louis-born, New York City-obsessed, Southern California-based graduate student who writes on race, gender and violence when not writing about comics. I spent two and a half years working for a comic shop, have many opinions about the Valkyries’ brand of “comics feminism,” and love Bucky Barnes more than I could ever put into words. I’m practically an Avenger.

 

Keith Callbeck

Contributor

Writer: Read Between the Lines


Keith is a life-long comic fan who learned to read with Byrne/Claremont X-Men, Action, Adventure Comics and DC Comics Presents. He holds a Masters Degree in Religion and Film and co-created the Gemini Award-winning TV series “What Were They Thinking?”. He blogs about his experiences in minimalism at www.ILikeHelping.com. His favorite character ever is Booster Gold and occasionally regrets not naming his cat Skeets. You can follow Keith on Twitter at @GeekMinimalist or email him at keith@wetalkpodcasts.com

 

SkyJ. Skyler

Contributor

Writer Emeritus: Queer Visibility


A part-time student at Mt. San Antonio College, J. Skyler is certified in Small Business, International Business and Business Management. Before pursuing a degree in business, she started out taking courses relating to traditional and 3-D animation. Her other academic interests include philosophy, religion, political science and psychology. A long-term member and former President of the LAMBDA Student Association (Mt. SAC’s club for LGBT students and allies), she has lead classroom discourse on LGBT history, culture and politics for students taking Human Sexuality, Psychology of Sexuality, Psychology of Women, Child Development, Marriage and Family, Sociology and Sociology of Ethnic Relations. However, more than anything, she considers herself a comic book enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter @jskylerinc.

 

Carolina-GonzalezCarolina González

Contributor


Researcher, writer and photographer. Interested in visual arts, literature, graphic novels and comics. Current PhD student in Text/Image studies and witting her dissertation about Craig Thompson. Coffee and tea lover. Her best luggage is a suitcase full of books.

 

Sam-headshot2Sam Marx

Contributor


Sam Marx is a Portland, OR-based comic reader and metalhead, the co-founder of the Comicosity Book Club, and a host of the Didn’t Read It comics podcast. He is also the Exhibitor Coordinator and sits on the Board of Directors for the Small Press Expo independent comics festival outside of Washington, DC. Sam has a Master’s Degree in International Economic Relations, but he’s pretty sure that has nothing to do with his comics work. Yet. Sam is a passionate supporter of independent comics, but has been known to enjoy Marvel Comics as well. Find Sam on Twitter at @smarx_.

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