Who are these fellows with their strange, outspoken opinions about that oft-maligned storytelling format, the comic book?
Let's meet the team and find out...
Matt C aka Matt Clark
The ringleader. Father of two boys who he hopes will one day grow up to inherit his comic reading habit and, maybe if they behave themselves, his vast comic collection. Matt loves the icons but also has an insatiable hunger to discover new ideas and new talent. He'll never choose between Stan and Jack - "They're both equally important!" - but he will admit to a near-obsession with both the works of Darwyn Cooke and the majesty of Victor Von Doom.
James R aka James Randall
Now the wrong side of 40, James has a terminal case of Comics-itis. After a tumultuous split during his teenage years in the 1990s, the work of Alan Moore re-ignited his love of comics during his university days, and he has never looked back! Today he is more in love with the medium than ever, still amazed by the work of Moore and Warren Ellis (whenever he finishes a series) but now augmented by a huge respect for a wealth of creators - Jeff Lemire, Chris Ware, Tom King, Greg Rucka, Frank Quietly, Jason Aaron, Amanda Conner, Scott Snyder, Jonathan Hickman, Marcos Martin, John Cassaday, Greg Smallwood...The list goes on! A proud member of the PCG since day one, and prouder still to be a long-time contributor to the blog, it seems that he'll be reading comics until he keels over. For now, he'll continue to review books whilst maintaining his alter-ego as a teacher...
Rob N aka Rob Nott
A veteran of the early Bronze Age, Rob began buying American comics at the challenging age of 7 in 1971, but despite having an encyclopaedic knowledge of Marvel continuity and history up to the 1980s, he couldn't tell you which characters are in the X-Men these days. The first two comics he ever bought were Phantom Stranger #8 and Teen Titans #34 because the covers looked great. His collection has now passed the 60 box mark and is threatening to take over the house in conjunction with his other collections of vinyl records and books. Girlfriends in the past have always despaired, and rightly so.
Tom P aka Tom Pike
Tom is a stone work specialist and a soon-to-be father of two, a husband to one and a pure Marvel fan at heart. This doesn't stop Batman, Hellboy, BPRD and early Authority being counted as some of his main comic obsessions. He's slowly trying to build a classic Fantastic Four collection but finds money gets in the way. He believes Planetary and The Ultimates to be the two greatest modern comic books ever written and still can't believe he got to see Thor smash Hulk in the face with Mjolnir on the big screen, surely one of the most magical moments in cinema?