By day, Joe Patrick works with comic books. By night, he works with more and more comics.
If you're a fan of comic books, you may have heard his voice talking about your favorite title or reading one of his own strips.
Drawing and comics have long been a part of Patrick's life. For decades, his father has carried around a crumpled drawing of Superman that Patrick drew when he was a child. It was so long ago, Patrick doesn't even remember it.
“I've always loved comics,” he said. “I've been drawing since before I can remember.”
These days, Patrick, 34, is the artist on the online comic strip Good Plus, which revolves around a group of friends who work at a comic book shop. It started as a project for his classes at Metropolitan Community College, where he studied art and digital media.
Originally, Patrick and friends wanted to start an online T-shirt store, but their funny shirts turned into longer ideas and, eventually, a series of comic strips.
He's also working on a cover for an upcoming issue of independent comic artist Brian DuPont's “Pecos Bill” and he's the co-host of the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, a popular podcast that talks about and reviews comic books.
The podcast started from regular conversations about comics with his co-host and friend, Matt Baum. Eventually, they decided to record the podcast, and it was almost immediately named one of the top comics shows by USA Today's pop culture blog.
“We had very good fortune. It's been a ton of fun,” Patrick said.
Two-Headed Nerd, which celebrated its second year of production last week, will be heading to the C2E2 comic book convention in Chicago this April.
Patrick, who's also a manager at Legend Comics & Coffee, enjoys his work, which takes up a lot of his time.
“I've been lucky enough to make by hobbies my jobs,” he said.
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