After years of reading comics, one tends to find something to relate to in a certain character. It could be because of his/her personality, an experience, life style, or the way the character looks or dresses. Having a character to relate to usually makes a greater experience and usually leaves you wanting more as you cheer your character on to keep going forward because in a way that character’s a reflection of you. For me, that’s Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man. I can go into detail as to why I relate to the character, but I’m more than sure you all would be more interested in who some of our favorite comic creators relate to…
Alex Grecian (Writer and co-creator of Image’s Proof): Hmm, I say this a lot, but I think the character I relate to most is The Flash. Barry Allen was the most boring character ever created and I always aspired to that because I had a much too interesting childhood. Boring sounded great. I'm pretty sure I’ve accomplished my youthful goal to be boring.
No, scratch all that. I definitely relate to Wolverine because we’re both super bad-asses and we’re the best there is at what we do. Never mind all the stuff about Flash. Flash is boring.
Jimmie Robinson (Creator of Shadowline’s Bomb Queen): Venus. A person with the power to manipulate the emotion of love is a dangerous person. So many heroes and villains are motivated by a lost love, a desire to be loved, or missing family love.
Mahmud A. Asrar (Artist and co-creator of Image’s Dynamo 5): That is a tough question for me now. I guess if I was younger I’d say it would be Visionary from Dynamo 5. I wasn’t a nerdy guy at school but character-wise I feel I relate to him very much. Bruce Banner would be another choice too, I guess.
Yildiray Cinar (Artist of Image’s Noble Causes): Well...I don’t know but I think it's the Hulk. Because I’ve been a Hulk reader for a loooong time! (20 years I guess)
Jamal Igle (Artist of DC’s Superman: Tangent and Firestorm): Jason Rusch/ Firestorm. Just because there is a lot of who I am in the character already.
There are two things that I can really point to that really makes me feel close to Ben Grimm. The first is a little odd and kinda hard to explain. Ben being from Yancy Street, a much rougher neighborhood than most other heroes grew up in; always set him a bit apart. I grew up in a REALLY rural area. Now this is far from the rough city streets that Grimm knew, but it really does set my childhood experiences pretty far apart from a lot of people I know. Ben still fits in, he goes on to have common experiences with the people he works and lives with. It’s just he comes from a different place. I can understand that.
The other reason is much more of a physical thing. My weight has gone up and down over the years. I was a chucky kid, for sure. So this idea of a rocky hide or extra weight creating an actual barrier between a person and the world is one I really get.
Eric (writer/interviewer of Bludblood's Conversations With Yourself): Deadpool, which I know is a really odd character to say but there's always been this piece of Wade that just wants to fit in with the rest of the world and became this huge hero who everyone loves. It's really about fitting in at the end of the day and that's what I really share with him. That and hiding his pain through this sarcastic sense of humor.
On the other hand, my friends say the fictional character whose personality is closest to mine is TV’s Dr. Gregory House. That’s ridiculous, of course, my friends are all idiots.
Andy Diggle (Writer of Vertigo’s Hellblazer: John Constantine, DC’s The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One) Honestly, it would probably be John Constantine. As George Carlin said, inside every cynic is a disappointed idealist, and I think that sums up both of us pretty well.
Bob LeFevre (Creator of Shadowline’s Aletheia): The most relatable comic character for me would have to be Spider-man. There are a few others that I think touch close to home but Spiderman fires on more cylinders then any others that I can think of. Reasons being are that I’m kinda korky and I’m far from perfect but I do always try and do the right thing.
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Posted originally: 2008-06-28 15:53:55
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Greg DAE is a Brooklyn born film-maker, writer, actor, and horror/comic fiend. He was one of the first writers of The Outhouse and one of the two original Bludnet writers. One day he’ll be an accomplished comic book writer…. Or else.
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