Meet Paul Charles, the self-proclaimed “Gay Comic Geek,” sharing his love of the comic book world through his reviews and commentary. If you haven’t checked out his vlog postings on Youtube or checked out his website, do yourself a favor.
Paul reviews comics, movies, Anime and American cartoons, and the latest toys, figurines and other collectibles—not to mention porn and adult comics—on his posts and vlogs. Not only are his posts informative, showcasing mainstream as well as indie and gay comics and products that don’t get as much exposure as their peers, but Paul himself is charming, funny, and humble.
Comics are often considered a straight boy’s turf but Paul admits there are plenty of other gay comic geeks out there. “Unfortunately,” he admits, “we’re all so scattered about that it’s rare for large groups of us to be together,” and that’s where his website and postings comes in.
Below, Paul took a few minutes to provide the A’s to some of my Q’s concerning the evolution of Gay Comic Geek:
Q. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became Spiderman. What bit you and turned you into “The Gay Comic Geek”?
A. I was honestly bored seeing all the straight comic book guys on Youtube talk about mainstream comics and I had a brainstorm with a co-worker to do Youtube vids. But it was supposed to be my co-worker that was supposed to be the Youtuber and I was just the idea man. But he backed out and left and I went ahead turned the camera on myself instead.
Q. What can fans discover when they check out your website and posts?
A. Well, they need to be prepared for porn. I grew up in a house of all men and we were never shy about talking about sex. Granted it was all hetero men, but still, porn and sex and jerking off was never a touchy subject. So I never knew that awkwardness that other people knew when it came to talking about porn and sex in secret. I always thought that everyone talked about it openly like you would talk about the weather. But I also put in a lot of geekiness to everything too. If I post about hot guys, I like to post about geeky costumed hot guys. Or about gay comic books.
Q. Aside from comics, what other topics do you cover in your posts?
A. Well, like I said, porn. But I do like geeky porn, but there’s just not a lot out there. At least not gay geeky porn. There’s a new Man of Steel XXX parody coming out and even though it’s hetero stuff, I still really want to see it. I also just post about whatever is on my mind at that given time. Sometimes it’s Doctor Who related or sometimes it’s Anime/Super Sentai related.
Q. What has the response been to your posts on Youtube and your website?
A. Well my responses generally are positive. I get the stereotypical responses from haters that just leave the ‘Faggot’ remarks but that’s not too often. I do get gay haters too that say I shouldn’t talk about porn and stuff like that. I also get gay haters that think I’m hurting gay people by being too geeky and that I should focus on more gay topics that help gay rights and all that stuff. Most of those I usually ignore and move on. I do feel like I’m helping in my own way cause there’s not just one type of gay person in the world. There’s many types of us.
Q. How many comics do you have and where do you keep them?
A. I have lots of comics. I have no idea how many. Most are in storage except the most recent comics that have come out in the past 2 years. Those are in my computer room closet.
Q. I’m sure you’ve been told you’re too hot to reeeeally be a geek; so what gives you your geek cred?
A. Well, thanks for the ‘hot’ comment. But I’ve never been called hot until I started doing videos. Up to that point, everyone always just considered me that weird geeky guy that reads comics, costumes as superheroes and watches too much anime. My geekiness really scared a lot of guys off when I was younger. They’d come in to my apartment and see my toy collection and superhero posters and I’d never see them again. I had to ease guys into my lifestyle so they didn’t get totally weirded out and start thinking lowly of me because I never stopped watching Transformers or something like that. But what really makes me a geek is that my life revolves around sci-fi, superheroes and the fantasy genre. I collect action figures, I literally study comic books and I’m not the biggest authority on it, but I’m pretty well versed in the in animation. American, Japanese and some European animation is what I generally watch.
Q. What are the pros and cons of being a gay comic geek?
A. Pros: I get recognized a lot at conventions. I have some fans here and there that like to interact with me. And I get to talk about what I love most.
Cons: I get hate mail. But most of it is just people that I think are really sad with their own life. That’s it. I never really thought of any other cons.
Q. Comics are often considered a straight boy’s turf. Since starting your website and v-logs, have you found a lot of other gay comic geeks out there?
A. Oh yeah there’s tons of us out there. Unfortunately, we’re all so scattered about that it’s rare for large groups of us to be together. As it is now, my convention buddies are all straight. I’m like the token gay guy in the bunch. Which kinda makes me unique, but still it would be great to have more like-minded guys in my group. But I get tons of letters and messages from other gay geeks, some closeted for being gay and others closeted for being a geek.
Q. Do you get a lot of straight comic geeks checking out your videos and posts?
A. I get a few straight guys and girls here and there. But not a lot. Usually they’re people that just look at my hetero stuff that I post up. Or I have a couple friends that check out my vids that do it just to be a friend and help support me.
Q. Since we already mentioned your hotness factor, here comes the obvious question: boxers or briefs and why?
A. I’m a Boxers guy. They just fit more comfortably to me. I like the looseness. I did a vid once on my GayGeekyVlogs channel explaining that too.
Q. Oh, yes, I remember. What are your favorite:
A. Uncanny Avengers and most Transformer comics.
A. Fight Club and Lord of the Rings.
A. Doctor Who, Teen Wolf, How I Met Your Mother, Simpsons, Family Guy, Archer, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, America Dad, South Park, Tosh.0, Shameless, Dexter, Game of Thrones.
Things to do on your time off?
A. Rest. I work a lot. I work out too but not enough. Not by a long shot. I also draw and make costumes.
Q. Obviously, superman’s alter-ego is Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter. If you don’t mind telling us, when you aren’t wearing your “Gay Comic Geek” uniform what is your day-to-day alter-ego?
A. I have several masks. Besides my GCG life, I have my con life, my punk life (very rarely seen now that I’m older), and my professional life. I’m the director of a substance abuse program that I’ve been working at for 8 years. I literally fly to other cities asking for grants and plead to the gov’t to keep my programs funded. I supervise a staff of around 22 people. It’s a lot of work but I’ve really busted my ass to get to where I am in my company.
Q. What’s in store for the Gay Comic Geek’s future?
A. Well I really never plan out too far ahead for my future. I have a lot of vids I want to do, but my day job comes first since that is how I pay my bills. So whatever I can get in between meetings and job related trips is what I post up. I do want to post up a couple vids on upcoming conventions and comic related reviews. But that’s more like business as usual. There’s a chance I may be in a TitanMen porn at the end of the summer. Don’t know if I can take off the time from work yet though.
Be sure to check out The Gay Comic Geek on his official website, his official Youtube channels (under the names Gay Comic Geek and Gay Geeky Vlogs; he started the Gay Geeky Vlogs channel to discuss certain of his interests that don’t deal directly with comic books but are still important to him), his Twitter account, Flickr account, and Instagram account. Whew! That’s a whole lot of geekiness to go through, but you won’t be sorry!
(All photos from The Gay Comic Geek’s Facebook page.)