Andrew Rivera
Andrew Rivera
: New York City: roorivera@gmail.com

 

I’m Andrew Rivera. I’m 26 years old. I’m a born and bred New Yorker. I intend to die here peacefully after eating an entire pizza and watching Avengers Part 50.

What is your favorite comic book and why?

My favorite comic book is any comic book that is a non-episodic issue but gives you a rich concise story that dives into the character. So issues like when Spider-Man reveals his identity for a dying boy or when Wolverine has to kill a mutant that can’t be saved. I think it takes a lot of skill to tell stories like that.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

I think super speed is the way to go. I don’t go much for heights and I don’t want to hear anyone’s thoughts.

What comics make you happy?

Comics like SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN. Stuff that focuses on what makes a character or their world great while remaining it’s own thing.

Which comic book characters do you most admire?

I use Peter Parker as a moral compass. So I would say him.

Which comic book characters do you most despise?

I don’t know. That’s tough because I don’t really blame the characters, I blame the writers. Characters that serve no purpose are pretty annoying.

What is the quality you most like in a creator (writer or artist)?

I like writers who show restraint. People who know how to cut the fat on a story and avoid cheesy cliffhangers.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse

I don’t have a clever answer for this and I don’t have a real answer for this–I’m sorry…I have failed you.

Which comic book character would you most easily fall in love with?

As a kid, I had a pretty big crush on Mary Jane Watson. She’s the coolest.

Which creator talent would you most like to have?

The ability to draw well. I draw like I use my whole hand to grip the pencil.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing (character or creator), what would it be?

I would come back as Superman. If you get to choose, you might as well come back ridiculously overpowered.

What fictional universe would you most like to live?

The Marvel Universe, provided I live in an area where nothing happens and those people just exist in our country. Maybe one of the Dakotas?

What comic is your most treasured possession?

My ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN 1,2,3 combo. It was the comic book my dad got me.

What do you most value in your friends?

Empathy. People who listen to you.

Who are your favorite writers?

Mark Waid, Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz,  Max Landis, Brian K. Vaughan, Eddie Huang. The list goes on for days.

Who is your hero of comic book fiction?

Brian Michael Bendis. I mean to pop on the scene the way he did and change so much. I don’t always love his writing or the decisions he’s made but I respect the hell out of his work ethic and his accomplishments.

Which comic book figure do you most identify with?

I don’t really have one go to character. I think at some point I’ve been able to relate to any fully fleshed out character I’ve read on a page.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents. 

What is the comic book that you most dislike?

I read the SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE hardcover (Issues 1-7, I believe?) recently and it was putting me to sleep.

What comic storyline would you most like to change?

I would love to change the Spider-Man origin story. I think you can sustain a lot of the character while creating room for exploration if you keep his parents alive.

Which comic book character do you think should die a permanent non-comic book death?

Anyone who we see die on the page should stay dead during that timeline. Live with your choices, writers!

What is your personal motto?

Work hard and treat everyone with kindness.

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