#TenTweetsThursday with @fhelvie

Happy Thursday, comic readers! This week we’ve got college professor and writer for Newsarama and Sequart, Forrest Helvie (@fhelvie) in the house! See how he fares when faced with the infamous Ten Tweets!


#1 What is the first comic you remember reading?

Back in ’85, I received a Marvel Comics bundle w/ ASM 267, Secret Wars II, Nightcrawler mini, Power Pack, & others for Christmas.

#2 You can only pick two: all time favorite comic book characters?

Batman and Spider-Man. They change order depending on who’s writing them at the time but they’re ALWAYS my top two.

#3 What is your favorite series arc, limited or mini-series of all time?

Ugh. SO tough. I’ll just say that one the best going is “Kraven’s Last Hunt” w/ J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck, & Bob McLeod. Still holds up.

#4 How do you read your comics? Print, digital, trades?

All of the above. Digital for review work & leisure, trades for research and teaching, and vintage issues for collecting.

#5 What is your favourite independent comic you feel everyone should be picking up?

It’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to indie comics right now, so here’s my pick for most underrated: Mice Templar, hands down.

#6 You get to pick three: Favorite writers (current or of all time)?

Another tough one. PAST: Claremont (Uncanny XM) PRESENT: Scott Snyder & Gene Luen Yang (pretty much their whole bodies of work)

#7 What is your favorite comic collector’s item?

Finally! An easy one! It’s my CGC Signature Series Amazing Fantasy #15 signed by Stan Lee at NY Comic Con from 2012.

#8 As a reader do you tend to stick to a specific publisher, follow creative teams or follow characters?

As a kid, I was very character-oriented & focused on superheroes. Now, I lean more towards specific creators & love other genres, too.

#9 You get to pick three (again): Favorite artists?

Off the top of my head and in no part. order: Steve Ditko (Spider-Man), Kelley Jones (Batman), & Becky Cloonan (any of her indie shorts!)

#10 What was the last comic you read before answering these questions?

It was late last night: The “Severed: Collected Edition” by Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, & Atilla Futaki. I may never eat meat again…