We sat down with our May cover model Jeremy and asked him a few questions about his love for comic books, fascination with Pop culture, and all those other geeky things we just love so much about him.
Hometown: Watertown, MA
Profession: Senior Business Implementation Analyst in the health insurance field and comic book store fellow.
Hobbies: Pop culture obsession – I like to read as much as humanly possible about what is going on in pop culture and expose all of my friends to things I think/insist they should know, comic books, video games, museum adventures, and general tomfoolery.
Favorite Album: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ – Alanis Morissette (It was the first CD I ever bought and will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s still a go to for me to listen to.)
Favorite Song: ‘Human Nature’ – Madonna
Favorite Artist: Leah Andreone
F&G: How does it feel being a cover model for F&G? Were you nervous at all being photographed and wearing the “sacred” chain?
Jeremy: It feels fantastic! Mostly because it’s a night I really believe in, and I got to stand in fun poses wearing some of my favorite clothes – all while in a comic book store. I was super nervous! I’m not usually a fan of being photographed, but this was something that just screamed fun and I was hoping I’d get to do it someday! I didn’t get to wear the chain, though, so my little heart is broken.
F&G: Why are you so interested in comic books? Which one is your favorite?
Jeremy: It all started when I was 10 years old. My older brother was into them and had a bunch as well as trading cards. I remember sitting in his room with him, looking at the comics securely in their polybags & boards, taped to his wall and asking him question after question about who was who. From there he gave me some of the Marvel Universe cards and I studied them like crazy.Then that Christmas my mom got me a couple of comic books and it all blew up from there. I can even tell you my first self-purchased comic book was X-Men (1991) #20! Man, I hated Psylocke for trying to come between Cyclops and Jean Grey!
My favorite comic EVER is DV8 (hence one of my tattoos). It was a book about the bad side of being a superpowered teen (they were rivals to Gen13) and I found the idea of these teenagers with powers, being lied to and told to do horrible things, to be a welcome respite from all the good-natured superhero books out there. Plus, it was being written and drawn by two of my favorite creators at the time (Warren Ellis and Humberto Ramos). I even had a fan letter published in issue #2!
F&G: If you could have any super power what would it be? Would you use it for good or evil?
Jeremy: I would have the power to view the timelines of probabilities and choose which one was the most beneficial for the situation. For example: I see someone falling and use my power to see the three following options; person falls on the cement, person falls but grabs the railing on the way down, person falls and spins around to land on their backpack. I would then pick which one of those seems like the best thing to happen to that person.
I think I’d use it mostly for good. I’m human though, so obviously there would be times when I would want something to go my way or want some jerk to drop their ice cream on their lap.
F&G: How does music fit into your every day life?
Jeremy: I have music playing at every chance I can. When I’m at work, I have CDs or my iPod on. Because I walk everywhere I have my iPhone or iPod at the ready to bring me into a musical trance. I’m also always looking for new artists to listen to and enhance my ever-growing iTunes library. I love to introduce my friends to new music; sometimes they want to kill me for it because I won’t let up with suggesting artists for them to listen to.
F&G: What songs are blowing up your play lists these past few months?
Jeremy: Let me first say this: I have NO shame with the music I listen to. Some people say they have “guilty pleasures”. I don’t. They’re all just plain pleasures to me, so don’t even try to knock my bizarre musical tastes. Having said that…
‘Lightning’ – The Wanted
‘Disco, Blisters, & A Comedown’ – Nicola Roberts
‘Fuck U Betta’ – Neon Hitch
‘Lights’ – Ellie Goulding
‘Disco Moment’ – Bright Light Bright Light
I’m a ridiculous anglophile as if you couldn’t tell based on that list!
F&G: Underrated musical artist who deserves more?
Jeremy: Simon Curtis. This guy is a ridiculous song writer and performer, and able to write a flawless pop song. His debut album ’8 Bit Heart’ is one of the sexiest, nerdiest, danciest albums I’ve ever heard. He has a song called ‘Fell In Love W/An Android’ where he makes mention of Cylons, and in ‘Joystick’ he makes playing video games mean something very different. Really, are there more perfect songs in the world for a gay nerd?
F&G: What about F&G makes you keep coming back for more?
Jeremy: The fact that everyone is free to be themselves and talk to other F&G’ers without the massive attitude that tends to come from other gay bars/nights. I’ve made so many wonderful friends from coming here! And, it’s a bunch of hot, scruffy men all in one place! Not to mention the DJs are awesome and humor me by playing artists like Girls Aloud and Cobra Starship.
To know more about Jeremy, Hit us up on May 11th, where he’ll be sporting up the F&G chain, and selling some amazing buttons for $1. Give him hugs, rubs, and kisses, I’m sure he wont mind the attention.