ComicsVerse's own Jamie Rice
ComicsVerse's own Jamie Rice
: Tulsa, Oklahoma USA: jamierice@comicsverse.com

What is your favorite comic book and why?
Currently, I’ve been nursing a love affair with Bitch Planet. I love it because it fills a hole that Buffy, The Vampire Slayer left a long time ago. It focuses on using metaphor. It’s funny in a rye satirical way, and it has the proper amount of twist. Oh and it’s really angry. I like that.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
This is a tough questions, but I have to say is the ability to read minds because I believe that I could use it in my everyday life. If you fly or have super strength you have to be careful not to blow your identity, but mind reading gives you a little more freedom. I’m also a know-it-all so the more I know about everyone the better.

Which comic book characters do you most admire?
I admire characters who are survivors. I like characters who have gone through something extremely upsetting to them personally, but they carry on. Spider-Gwen or Spider-Man come to mind right now. They took trauma and turned it into strength. I love that.

Which comic book characters do you most despise?
I hate characters that are too earnest or too much of a one note. Like Thor. I really enjoyed him in the most recent arc, but I just can’t relate to his approach on life at all. Thrones and worthiness and lineage don’t appeal to me as much as characters that are constantly struggling with issues of responsibility and loyalty. That’s more me.

What is the quality you most like in a creator (writer or artist)?
I like creators who are conscious of the significance that their work has. Kelly Sue Deconnick for example sought out to write Bitch Planet because she wanted to say something about the way we treat women in society. The most recent Amazing Spider-Man looked specifically at the costs of valuing one responsibility over another. The most recent run of Thor was a story about worthiness and worked pretty explicitly to point out sexism in Asgard. These are comics that have a strong narrative and thematic resonance, and I’m really attracted to that.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I am always using the words ‘therefore’ and ‘furthermore.’ The word ‘which’ is also a popular one. I never want to end a sentence, and these words help me do that.

Which comic book character would you most easily fall in love with?
Peter Parker is the kind of guy that I would have no problem falling for. He’s always making bad jokes at inappropriate times, but at the same time gets overly dramatic. That kind of quirkiness always appeals to me. Of course, he’s always like super attractive and nerdy so that doesn’t hurt either.

Which creator talent would you most like to have?
The ability to plan a story arc that feels full circle. I’m always surprised when I reach the end and it all makes sense.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing (character or creator), what would it be?
I think I would like to come back as someone that was just like me but took advantage of different opportunities early on in life. Like decided to devote myself more to acting than sports. Or as a person similar to me that decided to pursue the sciences. I’m very with where I am, but I’ve always wanted to have it all so it would be cool to basically see all the different ways life could have gone.

What fictional universe would you most like to live?
The world of Scott Pilgrim because than my life would be a video game, and I would get coins! Coins are fun. And I could gain extra lives so even though I would be fighting I wouldn’t have to die. So many good things about that universe.

What comic is your most treasured possession?
I think my full set of Scott Pilgrim’s has to be my favorite possession. They were my entry into this entire world and I love looking across my bedroom at them as I got to sleep. They’re so pretty and colorful. Also I accumulated them throughout the years so they’re all original prints instead of being a box set. I feel a very personal investment in my ability to collect them even though I know it doesn’t necessarily take talent.

What do you most value in your friends?
The ability to roll with anything that happens and the desire to try new things. I love to go on little adventures as long as I got a few friends with me. Honestly, All I need in this life of sin is me and a few friends that are up for anything.

Who are your favorite writers?
Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, Marguerite Bennett, and Bryan Lee O’Malley

Who is your hero of comic book fiction?
I think I gotta go with Spider-Gwen on this question because she is so devoted, and she didn’t really go through a huge annoying phase where she didn’t understand the responsibility she had to society. She just ran right in there and tried to be a hero and she keeps trying. I honestly try to be like that everyday. Never giving up, that inspires me.

Which comic book figure do you most identify with?
I’ve always highly identified with Spider-Man characters, but most recently I have had the deepest connection with Spider-Gwen aka Gwen Stacy. She has the same power thrust upon her that Spider-Man has, but she also has this attitude where she is always trying to help, but everything just falls apart. In spite of all this though, she never gives up. I related heavily to the idea that things are constantly not going to plan, but you find a way out. You go on.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother and father are very big inspirations to me. They are both very strong people, and they have worked very hard to create amazing lives for themselves and me. I love their work ethic and I like to think that I have acquired some of that in my own life. My friends are also constant inspirations to me. In each of their fields they excel and I am constantly awed by them.

What is the comic book that you most dislike?
The first issue of Ultimate Spider-Man. I mean the first page includes a joke that basically goes “Women, am I right?” Doesn’t really appeal to me.

What comic storyline would you most like to change?
If you haven’t read Angela: Asgard’s Assassin and you want to then don’t read this, but I hated the end of that comic’s storyline where it was revealed that Sera was Malekeith the entire time because that storyline was awesome and beautiful and looking back it is tainted by that knowledge.

Which comic book character do you think should die a permanent non-comic book death?
A character that I have always found annoying in the few times I’ve encountered here is Joker’s daughter. I love weird and complex characters like the Joker or Harley Quinn, but for some reason I just find her so annoying and just odd. I would love for her weirdness to go elsewhere.

What is your personal motto?
I feel like my perspective on life can be boiled down to this: you learn something from every experience if you’re open to it and put in some work. Not exactly catchy, but that is definitely how I approach my life so I’ll take it.

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