Pat Loika, comic book writer/podcast host/random-guy-you-sometimes-see-in-the-background/Comixologist/comic book industry’s biggest fanboy, on geeking out for a living and talking with his real-life heroes.
Every superhero has his or her own origin story. What is Pat Loika’s ‘origin story’?
I got tired of seeing people crap on things that I enjoy, and so I decided to take it upon myself to be a voice of positivity in the geek world.
How did your love for comic books start?
I was handed a copy of Transformers #3. It had Spider-Man fighting Megatron on the cover. It was such an unforgettable image, and something I thought I could only see on a comic page. That was my first comic…however, I truly fell in love with comics as a storytelling medium when I read The Infinity Gauntlet by Starlin, Perez, and Lim. Since then, I couldn’t get enough of it.
Loikamania was born because I got tired of listening to podcasts where the hosts all got together to complain about comics. I was sick of people who kept focusing on what they thought was wrong with the business, and there’s not enough shows offering an alternative. I plan to continue spreading the good word about comic books, talk to more amazing creators, and have fun. Nothing else matters, really. As long as the show remains fun to do, it’ll continue to exist.
What’s it like, talking to your real life heroes, comic book writers and artists like Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jerome Opena, Dustin Nguyen?
There are times where I think that I’m dreaming this all up, but that’s not the case. It’s real, and it’s amazing. It’s amazing because these guys are taking time out of their really busy schedules to talk to me and indulge my questions. It’s a great honor to have these people on, talking about their life experiences, and their process. It amazes me that I can even hold conversations with these guys who are much more talented, and way smarter than I am. [laughs]
Is there someone who you consider to be a bigger geek than you are?
I can think of a few, I have it on good authority that Brian Bendis is a bigger geek than I am. [laughs]
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