Written By Austin A. Hamblin.
All my friends, family, and even people I barley know, understand that I am, well, a nerd. Starting off as a freshmen in high school, I used to get made fun of because of my marvel backpack, but when I became a senior I had some of the same people who made fun of me buy the first comic I self-published.
Now, I always read articles online and wonder the same thing, ‘what qualifies this person to be writing something I read?’ Is he/she really a nerd? I know I am, but none of you know that so I figured I would show you why I am a nerd…
Lets start with the WWE aka professional wrestling. This was my first “nerd love”. I even made my dad change my room into a wrestling ring. Combine that with my walls covered in WWE posters and I had quite the room. I also made my Dad take me to live events and shows (Was not very hard to convince him).
The greatest thing that ever happened was when I went to a Smackdown/ECW taping, and I got on television holding up a sign. At this time there was a professional wrestler name Balls Mahoney, who went “Balls to the wall”. I held up a sign that said I heart balls…oh yeah I was eight years old. I went home and got to watch myself on TV. I had no idea! Some of my buddies at school saw me on TV! It was a really really cool deal.
Random WWE Facts
*I high fived Rob Van Dam, Gold Dust, and Dolph ZIggler
*I got to talk to Dolph Ziggler
*Best Match I ever saw live was Big Show us Rick Flair
Then we move on to the love of my life (sorry to my girlfriend, Alivia). Comic books. Comics have always been my escape from life; mostly my depression. Harvey Pekar once said, “Comics are words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures.” I fell in love with comics beginning with the 90’s X-Men and Spider-man animated series. It was a continuing story line. Something that was new to me in a cartoon.
This led me to, in my teens, to make my father drive me 45 minutes to our closest comic book store. Then, I made my dad take me to my first autograph signing with artist/writer Phil Hester. This was the first time I met Phil and would lead to a lasting relationship, with him eventually becoming my mentor and me his apprentice.
In October 2012, I began working under comic book great Phil Hester. Basically, he reads over my stuff and gives me input Now that we are on the subject of my comic career, I am a published comic book writer, along with a self-published book out. I have participated in two 24-hour comic book challenges.
To tell you how big of a “nerd” I am, when the Avengers came out all of my friends were begging me to go with them. I said I already was going with my brother-in-law. They then all offered to dress up with me… we had a full team including (white Nick Fury).
I know there are many people that are bigger nerds then me, but I just wanted to show “you people” that I know my stuff! So don’t be afraid to read my articles!
Random Comic book facts:
*My likeness is on a Walking Dead sketch card by Mikey Babinski.
*I almost work with a professional Penciler/Inker.