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Retcon Punch is dedicated to fostering thoughtful discussions on comics and comics culture. We firmly believe that comics are an art-form that not only supports close readings, but rewards them. We love digging into (and arguing about) current comics, and encourage you to join the conversation — either in the comments sections of our articles, or by signing up to guest-write with us.

Staff

DrewDrew Baumgartner, Co-Editor-In-Chief
drew@retcon-punch.com

Location: New York

History With Comics: Drew grew up with Superman pajamas. His best days were when he never had to change out of them. In the years since, he’s dedicated himself to fostering thoughtful, nuanced conversations about the medium of comics. He holds a Master of Letters in Comics Studies, and loves deep comics analysis almost as much as he loves reading academic papers that try to describe what the heck a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

Favorite Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Saga, Moonshine, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

                                                                                  

PatrickPatrick Ehlers, Co-Editor-in-Chief
patrick@retcon-punch.com

Location: Los Angeles

History With Comics: Patrick came late to the comics game. After enjoying adaptations of Batman, Superman and the Justice League, he was finally tricked into picking up a set of graphic novels after seeing Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City. Naturally, this lead to further exploration of Frank Miller’s work, specifically with Batman. But it was not until an unexplainable desire to read Blackest Night that Patrick began purchasing the trades of Geoff Johns’ run Green Lantern. With a convenient new entry point and a handful of friends to follow him into the madness, Patrick began reading monthlies with the New 52’s Justice League #1.

Favorite Series: Afterlife with Archie, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paper Girls, Zero

                                                                                  

SpencerSpencer Irwin, Editor
spencer@retcon-punch.com

Location: Delaware

History with Comics: Spencer was introduced to the Adam West Batman TV series as a very young child and has been obsessed with superheroes ever since. The DC animated cartoons of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini kept him satiated during a childhood with little access to comic books, and although his attention largely shifted to anime during high school, eventually the stars aligned: Spencer graduated, got a job across the street from a comic book shop, and, after scouring Wikipedia, dove head first into DC comics — starting with Infinite Crisis — and never looked back. He recently branched into Marvel monthlies as well, and basically just spends way too much money on comics in general. It’s not like he has anything better to spend it on.

Favorite Series: The Wicked + The Divine, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Exiles, Runaways, Lazarus

                                                                                  

michael2Michael DeLaney, Associate Editor 

Location: Chicago

History with Comics: In a Beaver Cleaver-ish act of wholesome Americana, Michael first became acquainted with comic books when his father would buy him some with his daily newspaper on his way to work. Batman: The Animated Series formed his essential idea of superhero awesomeness. Infinite Crisis and Identity Crisis  opened him up to the near-endless pantheon of DC Comics characters. Like Galactus, Michael has an insatiable appetite for comic book characters and their histories. He loves DC Comics and respects the arguably more successful Marvel Comics. Geoff Johns taught Michael that comic books can be as epic as movies and Grant Morrison taught him that the most powerful thing in the world is an idea. The Earth-3 version of Michael is a tool.

Favorite Series: Batman, Bizarro, Action Comics, Green Lantern: The Lost Army, Lando