Brandon Whaley: Mainly, it has affected the budget. I still have plenty of time to read the comics, but finding disposable income is far more difficult these days. Due to this, I no longer pick up many books in singles, and I trade wait most of my titles. If I pick up a book in singles, that book is a must-have for me. No more giving titles a shot for the heck of it. I tend to wait until I hear some sort of feedback before I dive into something new.
2. How has being a father affected your comic writing habits?
Brandon Whaley: Honestly, I never really wrote anything comic-related until after my first daughter was born. That said, it really is difficult sometimes to sit down and write, either due to time or stress or both.
3. If you could only give your child one comic run to read, what would it be?
Brandon Whaley: Easily Spider-Man. Say what you will about his current state, I grew up on Spidey and I related to him. Same goes for my wife, and she's not even really a comic fan. My daughter already knows who he is, and I think its something every kid can relate to at some point in their lives.
4. What comic is best to read to prepare you for fatherhood?
Brandon Whaley: Hmmm, that's a tough one. I'd have to say, in all honesty, the Silver Surfer. Why? I can't really say to be honest. I just know I find myself going back to the value he taught me as a kid time and time again, and those are values that I wish to pass on to my girls.
5. Who do you think the best father in comics is?
Brandon Whaley: Magneto. No, no, I kid. Hmm...I'd have to go with Charles Rider, father of Richard Rider, aka Nova. Charles was a workaholic, and went so far as to get involved in organised crime, but he did all of this for his family. Once he found out about Rich's second life, he was very supportive of his crime-fighting duties. Apart from a spat during Civil War, Charles and Rich have gotten along pretty well.
Brandon Whaley: Atomic Robo. Yeah, he's a robot. What of it? Seriously, how many kinds of awesome would it be to raise a robot to be a functioning member of society?
7. Any father/comics nuggets of wisdom you’d like to impart?
Brandon Whaley: Read comics to your kids. My oldest loves to read because she sees the pictures along with the words. The word balloons fascinate her. She is so curious about everything, and part of that comes from comics. We've learned colors and shapes this way. She loves Batman and Spider-Man, and I feel like the values imparted (in most all-ages titles at least) are good lessons for anyone to learn. With great power comes great responsibility. I don't think any parent can argue against their child learning such things.
Thanks for playing along with us Brandon. Cheers.