www.ambiente.us AUGUST |AGOSTO 2010
PAUL STAFFELBACH | Interview with the Gay Comic Geek
by Mike Korbini
Gay Comic Geek's webpage says:
Hi. I'm Paul, and I'm a big dork. That's it. I like comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and
a lot of different cartoons, including Anime and American, and all the stuff in
between. I'll review anything geeky or gay-related. I'm an equal opportunity
Gay Comic Geek. Occasionally, I'll even v-log about myself and what's
happening in my life, too.
Thanks for checking out the site! Feel free to comment and let me know
what's on your mind. Namaste.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Paul Staffelback - the Gay Comic Geek - for
Ambiente, and this is how it went:
MK | How did you end up living in Miami and how do you like it? If you could change
one thing about MIA, what would it be?
PS | Well, honestly I ended up here because my mother abandoned me as a kid and
my dad was in prison, so grandparents came up to Alabama to get me when I was 12,
and they lived in Miami. I think Miami is a great place, too hot sometimes, but still it has
a great vibe that I like. If I could change anything, it’d have to be traffic. I hate it. A lot. Like
seriously, the rage comes out of me like a faucet when I’m driving.
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MK | Who is your favorite super hero and why?
PS | Everyone asks that. I really don’t have a favorite. I have a favorite of the month. If I had
to pick a reoccurring hero, it’s Robin (Tim Drake version). I’ve always loved him, but lately
he’s been so much cooler. I started reading comics when Tim became Robin, so I can
relate to him a little more than others.
MK | What is your all time favorite comic book and why?
PS | I can read the Infinity Gauntlet series over and over again cause it’s the first cosmic
tale that I read back in 7th grade and it was just so memorable to me cause most of the
heroes actually died in it and it freaked me out! But they all came back to life at the end of
the story, so I guess it didn’t really matter.
If I could have any super power, it would be... Telepathy.
I would love to do a Professor X thing and make all of these
religious fanatics that hate gay people suddenly start to like the
same sex. That would be so incredibly cool to have all of these
Westboro Baptist Church fanatics suddenly become gay.
MK | How did you get into comics? How many comic books do you have?
PS | I have thousands of comics. I have a storage facility that I rent to house the majority of
them. I think I buy close to 8-10 new comics each week. I got into it when I was really
young and learning to read. I moved all the time and I never
bothered to learn the alphabet or even try to learn cause I didn’t see the point if I
was just gonna go to a new school every other month. But I finally met a genius
school counselor that gave me a comic book and I fell in love with the images. I
wanted to learn what was being said on the pages so I took the effort to learn.
Before knew it, I excelled and surpassed a lot of my fellow 6th graders in reading. I
just needed the right motivation, and this worked.
MK | What makes u smile?
PS | Puppies. I love puppies.
MK | What are the top 5 things on your Bucket List?
1. Get married legally…in Florida
2. Watch Gone with the Wind all the way through to the end
3. Actually meet Stan Lee in person and not be directed away by
security (why do they all think I’m a stalker?)
4. Get my masters degree (2 more years)
5. Design my own superhero for a comic book
MK | Are comic books popular in the Gay Community, why?
PS | They don’t seem that way. Whenever I talk about geeky stuff with my fellow gay
brothers, I’m looked down on. It’s like being a geek in gay society is it’s own
closeted orientation. I was secretly in the closet about being a geek to my boyfriend
when we first started to date cause I didn’t wanna scare him away at how extreme I
could be. I had to slowly come out to him as being a complete geek, which even to
this day he can’t completely cope with everything. Not that I keep secrets from him,
but I do try to give him geeky news and updates in a slow fashion so I don’t
overwhelm him too quickly. But comic books themselves, I really only know 1 other
gay guy that reads comics as much as I do and he lives in San Diego. I know they
exist, but I think they’re afraid to come out of the closet…the geek closet.
MK | You are in pretty
good shape for a geek......
have u heard that before?
PS | Well, I have heard
that, but honestly I still
feel completely out of
shape. In high school I
was so small, I hated it.
Then I gained some
weight when I was 19,
but that was all fat. So I
decided I needed to
change my appearance
slightly and started to
MK | If you were going to
let you fans know ONE
personal thing about you,
what would it be?
PS | I can’t sleep with my
closet door open cause
the closet monster will
MK | What's next for the Gay Comic Geek?
PS | I’m hungry, I think I’m gonna get a pizza.
MK | What are the details about the Comic Geek
Contest to draw a gay super hero? Prize,
PS | Well, the rules are simple. Draw a dirty or
nice costume with the base pic that Patrick
Fillion drew of me. The contest ends in just a
couple weeks in August. The person drawing
has to be 18 years old of course cause it’s
strictly for adults. Patrick will be giving the winner
a whole load of comics
and I’ll be giving a
will draw the
that’s designed. It’s a pretty unique contest
in terms of gay geekyness. www.classcomics.
com has all the answers to any questions that
may come out of it.
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How often do you have the chance to create a superhero?
Well, this is it! Help us to Gear Up the Gay Comic Geek!
The Gay Comic Geek, Fanboys of the Universe and Class Comics have teamed up
to bring you one super contest that will get your (creative) juices flowing!
Your job is to design your vision of a unique costume for the Gay Comic Geek in
whatever format you work best in!
Use Photoshop on the computer, print the entry out and use pencil, ink and
markers, blow it up on a canvas and paint in oil colors, or sew, knit and stitch
together felt, leather and feathers!
The only catch is you have to use the Official Contest Images as the basis for your
costume and submit it electronically.
It’s not just about getting the right color of spandex! There is so much more for you
to be creative with. It’s about developing the alter ego and all the possibilities that
come with it!
Think of the costume emblem, the utility belt, the cape, the rocket launcher, the
mask, the boots, the Geekmobile, the sidekick, the trained pet and all the
accessories we never thought of that would go with the action figure!
There are two contest categories you can enter: “Naughty” and “Nice.” Plus, we
have some wicked prizes up for grabs! But that’s not all! The winning “Naughty”
entry will be illustrated by Patrick Fillion, and the winning “Nice” entry will be worn by the
Gay Comic Geek in a future Fanboys of the Universe photo shoot!
Download the OFFICIAL 300 DPI NAUGHTY or NICE images here!
Please submit your creation along with an official entry form. You can
RIGHT CLICK and SAVE the PDF VERSION to send as an attachment, or the
TEXT VERSION to fill out and copy & paste into an email.
Submit your entry by August 15, 2010 to CONTEST@CLASSCOMICS.COM
The Naughty Prize: A print of the winning costume design as rendered by Patrick Fillion and
autographed by both the Gay Comic Geek and Patrick Fillion. PLUS, a BIG LOAD from
Class Comics which contains all 43 of their current titles!
The Nice Prize: The winning “Nice” costume will be created, then the Gay Comic Geek will
wear it in a future Fanboys of the Universe photo shoot. PLUS, a Gay Comic Geek Super
Bundle of awesome rare collectibles.
The Second Chance Prizes: Each person who submits a qualifying entry will also be
entered into a random drawing for one of the following prizes: One Greatest Hits Pack from
Class Comics; a Gay Comic Geek Mini Bundle of Fun; one of five autographed copies of
the trade paperback Boytoon Adventures; or one of five multi-packs consisting of a dozen
Class Access Digital Comics!
1. Costume entry must incorporate the original contest illustration by Patrick Fillion.
2. There are two categories, Naughty and Nice, with separate prizes based on the image
3. Entries may be submitted to Naughty or Nice, or both categories, if a variant is created.
All entries will be entered into a Second Chance drawing.
4. Costumes may be hand drawn, computer generated or physically crafted from real-world
material as long as they incorporate the official contest entry image.
5. Contest entries must be sent to CONTEST@CLASSCOMICS.COM by August 15, 2010 to
6. Submissions will be reviewed independently within each category by a panel of YouTube
judges, as well as representatives of Class Comics, the Gay Comic Geek and Fanboys of
7. All decisions are final and not subject to review.
8. The winner will be announced by the Gay Comic Geek in a special webcast around
August 25, 2010.
9. We reserve the right to decline or remove any entry at any time.
10. By sending in your entry, you warrant that you are 18 years of age or older as of June
10, 2010 and have read “The Fine Print” of the contest details.
THE FINE PRINT:
“Gear Up the Gay Comic Geek” is a contest run by classcomics.com, gaycomicgeek.com
and fanboysoftheuniverse.com, who shall be referred to as the Contest Hosts.
By submitting your entries(s) to the Contest Hosts, you agree that such images(s) and the
accompanying information will become the shared property of the Contest Hosts, and you
grant the Contest Hosts royalty-free permission to publicly display, reproduce and use the
images in any form for any and all purposes.
You also warrant that the image(s) is(are) your original work, created by your own self, and
does not violate the copyright of any other person or property right of any third party. Your
submission also allows the Contest Hosts to edit, crop or adjust the colors of the image(s)
on an as-needed basis.
The Contest Hosts are not responsible for any lost or miss-delivered contest entries. The
Contest Hosts reserve the right to decline or remove any entry at any time at their
discretion. The Contest Hosts reserve the right to alter or replace the prize packages and
offers, if necessary.
By sending in your entry, you warrant that you are 18 years of age and older as of June 10,
Contest Entries must be sent to CONTEST@CLASSCOMICS.COM by August 15, 2010 to
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