Want to know a bit more about our Team?
Jon, Fearless Leader
Jon has been a comic lover ever since his mom brought home a stack of issues from the library when he was a child. His hook was Golden Age DC Origins and he has been a fervent reader for the last 40 years. His introduction to roleplaying was through a room mate who had been playing for years and he is currently playing in our open D&D campaign on Friday nights. He was thrilled when he was presented with the chance to invest in Avalon, excited by the prospect of bringing something new and special to the comic and game community in Santa Barbara.
Likes: Long Walks on the Beach, D&D, "That's What She Said"
Dislikes: Navel Gazing Indy Comics, Reality TV, Pseudoscience
Favorite Comic Series: Avengers
Favorite Hero: Adam Warlock
Favorite Villain: Thanos
Lisa, Marketing Maven
Lisa fell in love with comics and games early in her childhood and has been an avid fan ever since. Her journey began with ElfQuest and it wasn't long before she branched out to Marvel, Image, and beyond. She had her first pen and paper gaming experience over 20 years ago (1st Edition Werewolf: The Apocalypse, if you're curious) and has been an enthusiastic roleplayer ever since (she is currently participating in 3 separate campaigns through Roll20, running a 4th, and is playing in the D&D Adventurers League). Unsurprisingly, her passion for comics and games eventually lead her to work at another retailer for 6 years. She couldn't contain her excitement when she was offered an opportunity to be one of Avalon's owners and is elated to be making her vision for the store a reality.
Likes: Swing Dancing, Doctor Who, Scottish Accents, Kilts
Dislikes: Poor grammar, The New 52
Favorite Comic Series: Mockingbird, The Mighty Thor, The Wicked + the Divine
Favorite Hero: Black Canary (as written by Gail Simone), Mockingbird (as written by Chelsea Cain)
Favorite Villain: Harley Quinn (because reasons)
Jamie, Agent of S.A.L.E.S.
For all his literary life, Jamie has enjoyed the world of comics. His first comic was Marvel's Transformers/G.I. Joe #1. This led him to collect the 1990's era Marvel trading cards and action figures, watching the X-Men, Batman and Superman animated series and finally collecting comics for nearly 2 decades. He enjoys all genres from the memoirs of Alison Bechdel to the strange worlds imagined by Alan Moore to the insane brilliance of God Hates Astronauts. He has several years of experience working at a comic shop and spreading the good word of comics to the masses, and he is both delighted and thrilled to bring those talents to Avalon Comics & Games.
Likes: NPR, Comics, Video Games, Drag Queens, Professional Wrestling, Guilty Pleasures
Dislikes: Misguided attempts at World Domination, Mushrooms, the New 52
Favorite Comic Series: Young Avengers, anything by Jonathan Hickman and Greg Rucka
Favorite Heroes: Wiccan, Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Kara Zor-El, Tim Drake
Favorite Villains: Magneto (because he was right), Poison Ivy, Lex Luthor