First-person accounts from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford

“I didn’t know till I was an adult that I was dyslexic—someone had to point it out to me. As a kid I taught myself to read with comics. My first one was an Action Comics with Superman. I think he was out in space fighting some alien menace.

“About six years ago I was back into reading comics heavily, and I thought, ‘You know, I could probably write one of these.’ So I found a friend to draw it, and we started making comics together. I wrote about six issues of my first comic, Honor Brigade. Then I wrote two books based on one of those characters, Toy Boy.