The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman on Comic Con etiquette, meeting his heroes and how he started reading comics
Sure, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is a legendary rock star. But when he's at New York Comic Con, he's just like any other comic fan: thrilled to be there and in awe of his icons. Taylor was kind enough to let Fuse follow him as he wandered around last weekend to promote his forthcoming comic House of Gold & Bones Part 1.
The event was special to Taylor, in part because he's been a comic fan for as long as he can remember. "I started reading comics as a kid," he told us. "My mom had a bunch of beat up Marvel comics that I claimed as my own. It's how I got into reading. I wasn't really into reading when I was younger, but once I started reading comics, I got into reading. I've been a fan ever since. I've had varying levels of what I was into. I was into comics. Then I got really into action figures and movies and stuff like that. It's been my whole life. It's something I'm really passionate about and always have been. "
Even at 38, with millions of records sold and countless fans, the passion is still clearly there, as evidenced by Taylor's excitement when meeting legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis. "I don’t even have time to tell you how great he is," he told us on the way to meet the Preacher author." It's insane."
After meeting Ennis, Taylor was obviously thrilled. "I just met Garth Ennis!" he said. "I'm so happy now. I'm freaking out."
He went on the explain that maintaining his enthusiasm for his heroes is part of what inspires him as a musician. "I'm always the fan, whether it's the people I grew up listening to or comics," he said. "I still get excited about it. If I can't get excited about meeting other people, how can I get excited about making my own music?"
He also offered a bit of Comic Con etiquette: "If you get in a fight at Comic Con, you're just a jerk."
Check out our other interview with Corey Taylor at Comic Con, in which he discusses Abraham Lincoln's influence on the new Stone Sour record.