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Name: Eric Koford

Bio: Crusher Creel is my real name and I walk around in striped prison pants, boots, no shirt, and a ball-n-chain.  It gets a bit chilly sometimes.  Actually, the only thing Crusher Creel and I share is the same haircut.  I have been a big Marvel fan since my first encounter with Loki.  Actually started reading comics in the first grade.  My first book was a Hulk book that was in the reading library area of my first grade class.  It was way better than "Watch Jack run."Growing up there was a group of us that read comics, but it was really casual.  We never had any discussions about characters or creators.  It wasn't until college that I started communicating with some really interesting people about comics.  That continued through graduate school and into adulthood.  Now my kids and I share the love together.  I don't push anything on them, but let them develop their own tastes.  My daughter likes mostly femine heroes and manga.  My son loves Spider-Man.  I travel for my career and try to hit the "best" comic store in whatever city I am visiting.  I have a list of favorites and am surprised with how many great stores there are.  I am also surprised that some can stay in business.  I don't collect books, but read titles and give them away.  Mostly at Halloween.  I collect trades and reread them.  I am loyal to a few titles, but am always on the lookout for new interesting books.  I prefer "fights in tights" type of books.  I grew up on them and continue to love well written and drawn superhero books.  I still look at the books from my childhood (in trade), but I can hardly read them.  They are written in a more simple style, but compared to some of the books I read today, they just pale.  Current Favorites:  Invincible, Captain America, Thor, the Avengers, Ultimate FF, Atomic Robo,Godland, Sharkman, Atomics/Mad Man, Goon, Jonah Hex, Lone Ranger, Incredible Hercules, Batman, among others.

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    I never read this book, but my eleven year old son loves it.  Based on that I am endorsing it…

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    crushercreel's Recent Comments
    March 12, 2009 11:35 am

    I think its a fun book and that's good enough for me.  Bravo Conor for giving it a second look

    November 26, 2008 7:06 am I have always been a Thor fan and Fraction has taken my fandom to all new levels. 
    October 3, 2008 4:40 pm Talk about killing a book.  Totally driven off the rails. 
    October 3, 2008 4:34 pm I am going as the magic mirror and my wife as the wicked queen.  when your head is shaved the options are limited
    September 19, 2008 7:25 am I am not  a Superman fan, but I have savored every issue of this run.  Your review is right on. 
    August 29, 2008 11:45 am

    Fantasy:  Thor.  I dig the hair and pounding on someone with a hammer

     Reality:  Crusher Creel the Absorbing Man, with better fashion sense.  I don't condone walking around with your shirt off no matter what you look like, very tacky.

    August 25, 2008 7:56 am I am interested in reading other people's observations.  I travel around the midwest and go to various comic stores depending on the city I am in.  While in these stores, I never see kids in them shopping.  By far the standard comic book store shopper are twenty to fifty year old men.  Once in a while I will see a woman in the store.  When I go to Borders or Barnes and Noble I see groups pre-teen/teen girls going through the manga books.  I think that comic book stores are not capturing the younger market of shopper.  Until they can drive themselves.  This is at least in more suburban areas.  Many comic shops are out of the way and are destination locations.  Not in the normal flow of traffic.  Most stores do not have large marketing budgets and can't adequately capitalize on marketing opportunities, ie; films, tv shows, conventions, and video games.  Maybe this is the disconnect.
    August 17, 2008 11:30 am Excellent article and well stated.  I look forward to reading your articles again.  Keep up the excellent and thought provoking work.
    August 17, 2008 10:29 am
    I appreciate the freshness of this book.  It is lighthearted  and after reading many titles that seemed so heavily burdened with continuity, complex storylines, and the such, I appreciate this book even more.
    August 13, 2008 10:34 am I love Fraction's Thor books so far.  He gets Thor like few others.