NAME: Reiko Starr

NICKNAME: Rei (Pronounced “Ray”)

RACE: Human


OCCUPATION: Comic shop owner

PERSONALITY TRAITS: Rei is a sarcastic, intelligent grouch who runs a comic book shop in one of the largest space malls in the galaxy. He loves comics to a fault at times and makes them his world.

HISTORY OF BUSINESS:  As a teen, he got the idea to hitch a ride on a transport that was heading to Zorfam III to see where fate would take him. In a duffel bag, he packed 5 comic book shirts, a pair of jeans, and two pairs of sneakers. In a large rolling suitcase, he packed his comic book collection. After being a dishwasher, a fry cook, and a personal assistant to a Lekru businessman, Rei decided he wanted to be his own boss, and has been running The Comicverse ever since.

HOW REI AND YING MET: Rei was visiting a nearby planet on his way to purchase someone’s rare comic collection when he spotted Ying from his transport, lying close to dead on an asteriod. Rei took him to a local hospital and stayed with him all night to see that he was O.K. Ying didn’t remember how he got there or who he was, and after weeks of searching for any info about where he came from, the police asked Rei if he would take him in. They have been friends ever since! Rei taught Ying the love of comics.

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About thecomicverse

Steve Peters received a Xeric Grant in 1996, which he used to self-publish Awakening Comics. In 2006, he won the Gene Day Memorial Prize for a magical realist comic called Chemistry. He met Bianca Alu-Marr at an open mic in 2003 (Steve was playing music and doing the sound, Bianca was reading her poetry). The Comicverse is one of many projects they have collaborated on, and their most popular. Bianca is the writer and and Steve is the artist. Sometimes Bianca writes and plots the stories; many stories are co-plotted by Bianca and Steve.
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