‘Q&A with the Women of Marvel’: Lorraine Cink

The convention moment you’ll never forget?

A few years ago, I went to a Comic Con in Chile as a guest. After getting a chance to speak to a full panel of hundreds of people, we stayed to chat with some fans. A teenage girl came up dressed as Kate Bishop and asked for a hug and a photo. I happily obliged. As she hugged me, she began to cry and told me how much it meant to her to see women, especially queer women, in the Marvel Universe and how it helped her come out and become the woman she was becoming. I was so honored that she shared this moment with me and that she can be a part of telling stories that help people find and love themselves.

Which superhero costume gets ALL the candy in your house on Halloween?

Squirrel girl! She eats nuts, kicks butt, and deserves all the candy! Listen to Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show Wherever you get your podcasts!

The best advice you’ve ever received?

Do it now. Whatever you want to do with your life (whether it’s write a comic, make a movie, climb a mountain), start now. Start training. Do bad things. do it wrong Learn from those mistakes. Do better things. Do better things. Life is short, so don’t wait for permission to do what brings you joy now.

The Universe: Sending you messages or dealing with enough of its own to care about you?

This is a great question and I’m not sure I can answer it without going into what some may feel is pretty woo-woo, but here we go. We are made of stardust. We are the universe as much as the universe is the universe. Our ability to feel is purely energy and therefore we are all energy, therefore we are all one.

I don’t think ‘The Universe’ is emailing anyone, but I think we are all energy and we are all capable of tapping into that energy around us. If we are open to that, maybe we can be open to what that energy is doing. Was that an answer? Maybe? Who will tell? Ask the universe, I guess.

If you could go back in time and say one thing to your younger self, what would it be?

You’re perfectly fine the way you are right now. The things that make you feel weird and bad about yourself now will be the things you learn to love and treasure about yourself when you’re older.