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“Girls read comics when there are comics for girls to read.” – Trina Robbins

Marlene, better known by her web moniker “ilikecomicstoo,” is a YouTube Partner and blogger with a penchant for—you guessed it—comics. Her day job involves milling around Tumblr HQ but she wears a number of hats, including acting as editor-in-chief of comics.tumblr. A former Marvel intern and Newsarama contributor, she has also covered Philadelphia Comic Con for Wizard World TV and was featured as the “comic book nerd” on MTV’s My Life as Liz show in 2011.

As an advocate for a more diverse presence in the media, she was invited to speak on her first panel– “The Battle for Multicultural Heroes”— at San Diego Comic Con 2013. That same year, she appeared on FOX5 and Huffington Post Live. In 2014, she spoke at another panel at New York Comic Con regarding harassment in the fandom community. In 2015, she was a moderator for Tumblr’s first official panel at NYCC and spoke alongside creators about how to utilize the platform to sell an idea. She’s since moderated panels about Tumblr and its creators at conventions such as C2E2 and ECCC through 2016.

Along with reading and writing about comics, Marlene enjoys playing World of Warcraft and customizing vinyl toys. She has a penchant for fictional blue characters and would definitely not fare well in a zombie apocalypse.



How did you get into comics?

I’ve always been a fan of cartoons and superheroes, having grown up watching X-Men: Evolution and Smallville. This led me to explore Japanese animation during high school, which led me to exploring Japanese comics (manga), which then transitioned into an American animation/comic phase when I started college. The interest has just continued to grow!

Why do you do video comic reviews?

Because they’re fun! And because I want to encourage the comic book community to grow and embrace fans of all kinds. One of the biggest reasons I started the ilikecomicstoo persona was to disprove the comic nerd stereotype – not every fan looks or acts like Jeff Albertson (“Comic Book Guy”) from The Simpsons. It’s a great way to start discussions and connect with others, besides.

Who is your favorite character/favorite comic?

My favorite character is and always will be Nightcrawler, closely followed by the other two components of the Holy Blue Trinity: Blue Beetle (both the Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes incarnations) and Abe Sapien. It’s difficult to decide on a favorite comic, but I think the one that impacted me the most was Identity Crisis.

Are you a Marvel or a DC?

I am a Marvel. I love the company and the people behind it, and they lay claim to the X-Men, my favorite group of comic book characters. Plus, I interned there! DC, Dark Horse, Image, a slew of other companies and indie comics aren’t far behind, though.