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AICN COMICS SDCC Q&@: Bug talks with Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely......What!?! She reads comics!!!

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Q’s by Ambush Bug!

@’s by Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely!


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Hey folks, Bug here with another interview from SDCC. Actually, this one came to pass in the airport on my way home to Chicago from the Con. Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and find a request to do an interview with Penthouse Pet Ryan Keely, and that she was at the con I was just leaving. I damn near turned right around and headed back to the con, not really caring about missing my flight. But alas, my northern head won out and I took the flight home.
Why would the AICN Comics guy want to interview a Penthouse Pet, you may be asking your monitor right now? Well, first and foremost, Ryan is a huge comics nerd. I thought it would be a chance to see the medium I know and love through the eyes of someone who one would never associate the term “comics nerd” with. Secondly, and more importantly, ask yourself this question: you get an email in your inbox requesting an interview with a Penthouse Pet. What would YOU do? You’d do the interview, that’s what you’d do…
Ryan was kind enough to send me over some pics, so…uhm…after you take a look at those…try to peel those eyes away and check out the interview too, will ya? Enjoy!
AMBUSH BUG (BUG): So I hear you're a comic book fan. Can you tell me how you got into reading comics?

RYAN KEELY (RK): I like to read books and I love visual media. So it was a very natural progression of interest. When I was a really little kid I was obsessed with RANMA ½. My teens was spent watching anime greats repeatedly: NINJA SCROLL, GHOST IN THE SHELL, AKIRA, URASAKADOJI and many others. As I got older, employed and had more disposable income, buying comic books was simply bound to happen.

BUG: What is it about comics that appeals to you?

RK: I love good writing and beautiful art. Good comics have both.

BUG: How was your San Diego Comic Con experience this year? Did you see any good panels or booths?

RK: I always love going to SDCC. Every year is an amazing experience; however, I don't go to the panels. Not only do I hate waiting in line, I would prefer to wait to see the final product and have the full experience. I love storytelling, and watching scenes out of context ruins the whole experience for me.
As for my favorite hard to pick. This year, I loved Thor's throne [at the Marvel booth], especially when the Leias In Bikini Girls showed up and draped themselves all over it. ummm....Nerdgasm!
I also really enjoy the shopping aspect of the con; I was able to pick up some amazing signed prints and a Mark Ryden book that isn't supposed to be out until the fall. Just walking around you see so many artists, so many cool gadgets and toys, its an overload, but one I keep going back for.

BUG: Do you remember what the first comic you ever read was?

BUG: It was a graphic novel adaptation of Barry Gifford's PERDITA DURANGO done entirely in scratch board. In my opinion scratch board is an underused medium that works particularly well for crime and crime noir stories.

BUG: From what I saw at SDCC, there seems to be a rise in female comic book readers these days. Why do you think that is?

RK: There are two reasons more women are reading comic books; the first is movie and TV adaptations of comic books. Joss Whedon's BUFFY series was huge for luring in female readers and the recent spate of comic based big budget movies bring in more. While shopping at my favorite female friendly comic shop I asked a group of girls why they started reading comic books. "Iron Man!" was the reply I got.
And that's the second part of the equation: female friendly comic shops. My favorite place to buy comics is Isotope Comics in San Francisco--they boast a nearly 60% female customer base. Secret Headquarters in LA is not far behind in my affections. The proprietors, James Sime and Dave Pifer respectively, go out of their way to help customers find work that they will respond too. If Dave and James had given me a bunch of superhero stuff right off the bat, I probably would've been turned off to comics entirely. Instead they listened to what non-comic books I like, what movies I watched and then introduced me to THE WALKING DEAD, PREACHER, DOKTOR SLEEPLESS and SCALPED, and many other amazing books.

BUG: So how do the guys working and shopping at your comic store react when you come in to shop? Do their eyes pop out of their heads like in a TOM & JERRY cartoon?

RK: I've actually been pretty disappointed by how much of a non-stir I cause when I go comic shopping. So many chicks are buying books, I don't really stand out.

BUG: I seriously doubt that. What comics do you currently read?

RK: I really like books with strong writing, loads of violence and dystopian themes, though I don't demand that in everything I read.
Right now my favorites are SCALPED, FREAKANGELS and THE BOYS, though I just finished CROSSED which was an amazing variation on the zombie genre. I love my zombie stuff; just finished the latest WALKING DEAD hardback. I'm loving DEMO and CHEW and I'm working my way through the TRANSMETROPOLITAN re-issues. I am reading THE ARMORY WARS and Brubaker's CRIMINAL series, but at a really slow rate...I like them, but I'm not devouring them. I just hit a wall with EX MACHINA but I've been encouraged to push through; haven't come to a decision there. I have a big stack of stuff from Isotope that I'm not ready to talk about yet, but I'm craving more AIR and SKYDOLL, two books that don't get enough love. FABLES is my new jam and I'm loving NORTHLANDERS.

BUG: Has anyone ever tried to pick you up in a comic store? If so, what was the best and worst line you had tossed at you as you're perusing the racks?

RK: No one has tried, and if they did, I probably wouldn't notice. I'm ultra focused when I'm comic shopping. I grab a sales person and just start pulling books.

BUG: Why do you think fewer women read comics than men?

RK: Two of my closest girlfriends read comics, the other two read sci-fi, my little sister reads manga...I only recently found out that's its assumed that girls don't read comics.

BUG: Do you have a favorite super-heroine?

RK: There are an abundance of female characters that I like, but as I don't really read enough superhero comics to pick a super-heroine. I am however a big fan of Tulip in PREACHER, and even though she's animated, AEON FLUX.

BUG: Would you ever be interested in a career in comics as an artist or writer?

RK: Sadly I don't have the talent to be a comic book artist. I would love to collaborate with someone on writing one though.

BUG: Do you ever geek out with your girlfriends and talk about comics and then maybe have a tickle-fight (please tell me you gals have a tickle-fight...)?

RK: No tickle fights, but we have pillow fights and wrestle in lingerie sometimes . If you look at the heading for there is an accurate, though artistic rendition of Satine Pheonix and myself laying around nude reading comic books, that really happened in real life. Justine Joli and I totally had sex with GHOST IN THE SHELL on in the background....I have never been able to make a 20 sided die part of the sexual equation, but I'll work on that.

BUG: Whoa! OK, focus…back to the interview. So if you could be a super-heroine, what would your name and super power be?

RK: If I told you my superhero name/power then my secret identity would be revealed. However I can assure you they're awesome.

BUG: I’m sure they are. OK, so what final message do you have for AICN readers and drooling fanboys around the world?

RK: Go to, its full of 'zazz.

BUG: Not sure what ‘zazz is but I plan on checking the site out later when I’m not on my work computer to find out. Thanks so much for answering these questions, Ms Keely.

RK: Thanks, bye!
Ambush Bug is Mark L. Miller, original @$$Hole/wordslinger/reviewer/co-editor of AICN Comics for over nine years. Support a Bug by checking out his comics! MUSCLES & FIGHTS VOL.3 & MUSCLES & FRIGHTS VOL.1. VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS: THE TINGLER #1-2 (interview, interview, preview, & review) VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS #20 WITCHFINDER GENERAL (preview, review, in stores Aug 25th!) NANNY & HANK miniseries (interview, interview, interview, preview, & review, in stores Sept 1st!) Zenescope’s upcoming WONDERLAND ANNUAL 2010 (in July Previews Order # JUL10 1200, in stores in September!) ROGER CORMAN PRESENTS DEATHSPORT miniseries (in September Previews Order #SEP 100860, in stores in November!)

Interested in more SDCC 2010 coverage? Check out these previous reports from AICN COMICS!
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superhero's Pics from SDCC 2010!
SDCC Q&@ (1 of 15): Bug with LOSERS artist Jock!
Bug Moderates HALO-8's SDCC Panel + GODKILLER review!
SDCC Q&@ (2/15): Bug chats with BALLS OF FURY’s Dan Fogler about his new comic MOON LAKE & movie HYSTERICAL PSYCHO!
SDCC Q&@ (3/15): Bug talks with Radical Comics Publisher Barry Levine on Raimi’s EARP, Kosinski’s OBLIVION, Worthington’s LAST DAYS, Fuqua & Snipes AFTER DARK, and more!
SDCC Q&@ (4/15): Bug talks with Jesse Labbe & Anthony Coffey, creators of Archaia’s excellent BERONA’S WAR!
SDCC Q&@ (5/15): Bug catches up with Eisner Award winning John Layman on CHEW!
SDCC Q&@ (6/15): Bug talks SEA BEARS, GRIZZLY SHARKS, & ASTOUNDING WOLF-MEN with artist Jason Howard!
SDCC Q&@ (7/15): Bug & Michael Schwarz talk Radical/Full Clip imprint, Sam Worthington, LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME, & MORE!
SDCC Q&@ (8/15): Bug talks with Nick Tapalansky & Alex Eckman-Lawn on AWAKINGING -- a different kind of zombie book!
SDCC Q&@ (9/15): Bug talks HYBRID BASTARDS with Tom Pinchuk -a truly original take on Greek Mythology + preview pages!

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