What is your name and tell us a bit about who you are?
I'm Kevin Israel and I'm a stand-up comedian. I worked as a lawyer for a while before leaving the practice to pursue comedy and I haven't looked back - much to my Jewish mother's chagrin.
When did you first start reading comic books? I watched all the old Spiderman and Justice League cartoons back when I was little but my first comic book was Wolverine #1 in 1988. I made my mom buy it for me at K-Mart in Jersey. I read the thing 20 times and was hooked. I loved everything about the character.
What was the first series you started reading?
Wolverine, X-Men. Then I got into the Image brand when all the top artists broke off to start their own, self-owned brand in the 90s. Loved Spawn and PITT
What comic book character, whether superhero, villain or other do you most identify with… I.E. Alter Ego?
I think it was definitely Wolverine. He is a loner who doesn't have immeasurable power. He's the closest to the everyman that you can get as a mutant. He's often forced to work in groups but he's best on his own. I didn't have a lot of friends as little kid and that spoke to me. I loved his "give no fucks" attitude and his tenacity.
Why? See above.
What impact on your life have they had on you?
Comic books really expanded my imagination and helped me think more creatively. That's huge as a comic. I write a little too and I think I'm really aware of characters and the world around them thanks to comic books. I was also a really skinny kid and comic books made me want to look like my favorite heroes.
What advice do you have to younger comic book fans who use this amazing world as an escape from the harsh realities of life?
Keep reading and enjoying. So much is digital today that the printed medium is becoming a lost art. There are hundreds of amazing title, characters and worlds out there created by incredibly talented people. There's definitely super hero for everyone. Mine just happens to be the best at what he does.
If you want to catch Kevin in action check out his upcoming dates at: www.kevinisrael.com
Also order is album today and laugh your ass off! http://www.unablerecords.com/kevinisrael