Walking in like you own the room with Don Knotts - GM
Dasher Hatfield after his match with The Submission Squad.
Wrestling…totally fake. (Yeah right.)
To her friend…
How to babysit.
How to celebrate Mr. T’s Birthday with Pee Wee Herman - GM
I am comics.
This is me, Elin Winkler, 43 year old girly-type New Wave/punk rock introvert female. In my years on this planet, I have been a comic shop clerk & manager, convention booth babe, cosplayer, manga rewriter, comic editor, comic publisher and an avid comic reader.
I first started reading comics in 1978 at age 7, because my mom had read comics. (Second generation geek here.) I still have those first comics in my collection, somewhere in the 30+ long boxes worth that I have moved every time I get a new apartment or house. I read X-Men, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Savage She-Hulk, Betty & Veronica, Katy Keene, Wonder Woman (mostly because I loved the TV show), Teen Titans and whatever Marvel books my brother bought. (We always read our comic scores together.) I saw my first manga (in Japanese) and ElfQuest comics around the same age, due to my mom’s job at the University of Minnesota. The campus library is where I first saw Tintin and Asterix comics. The New Mutants, X-Men and Excalibur got me through junior high and high school. Wolverine and Storm were my absolute favorite characters of all time at age 13 (and they kinda still are…). When I was 16, a friend of my aunt’s gave me a copy of Love & Rockets and it nearly blew the top of my head clean off. (Xaime is god-like, yo.) In 1989, I discovered the weird cartoons I’d liked as a kid were called “anime” and there were tons of them to be seen via clubs and tape trading, and thus a new obsession was born. The first manga I read in English were Dominion: Tank Police and Outlanders.
My first job ever was in a comic store when I was 19 years old, and three weeks into it, I ended up being promoted to manager, since the previous manager quit with no notice. At 22, I became an editor and manga rewriter at Antarctic Press, and eventually edited half the line there. In 1997, when AP downsized me and axed all their translated manga and anthropomorphic titles, I formed my own publishing company, Radio Comix and just continued the cancelled books there. Fifteen years later, I am still doing those books. I was honored to work with the late great Toren Smith on Super Manga Blast for Dark Horse, and also have done freelance rewrite/editing for DMP Manga. I have written some short stories for the anthologies I edit (including Furrlough, the longest running anthology title in the industry), and one comic series, Tales of the Fehnnik. I first got into comic editing to get my foot in the door to be a comic writer, but editing is a demanding task, so I don’t get to write as much as I’d like.
Currently, I have a DayJob at a local comic store where I am the assistant manager. I work on my Radio Comix stuff in my off hours, so I pretty much work on comics or around comics fourteen hours a day most days. I read mostly independents and manga these days, but do keep up with superhero stuff for the DayJob. Comics have been part of my life for as far back as I can remember; they have gotten me through some very rough times and in the case of my company, I have sacrificed a lot for them. They are my passion.
I truly believe comics are for everyone. We are currently living in a time of such incredible availability and diversity in comics and manga, there is absolutely something out there for everyone to read, regardless of age, gender, orientation or taste. It is amazing!
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CHIKARA - Greatest Submission Move Ever
Dasher Hatfield vs Archibald Peck.
Man I love CHIKARA
After a string of sexism in April, comics fans and creators build solidarity through a blog.
And then we were on the front page of BuzzFeed! Click through for a very nice write-up, along with commentary and background on the project from Rachel and Arturo.
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