It all started when I was six years old in rural, northern Wisconsin; I was Batman for Halloween, and I haven't looked back. I grew up on Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, and Spider-Man: The Animated Series. In college I read Watchmen and realized comic books could be literature; Dave McKean's art in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth showed me comic books could be fine art. Joining a friend on his quest to read all of Geoff John's Green Lantern: Rebirth and Blackest Night led to the creation of our own blog, the unrelated Retcon Punch! and my first foray into reading monthly, ongoing comics. My new need for comics led me to AlleyCat Comics, which opened up a world of wonderful people, a job helping others love comics as much as I do, and finally an opportunity to merge my loves of comic books, feminism and diversity, and writing here for the Chicago RetCon community.