Kate of the Week: Kate Kotler, a pop culture journalist who swears comic-cons aren’t all fun and games

There are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kate Kotler, 38,  of Chicago. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kate.


What do you do?

I’m a writer/journalist who covers pop-culture and women’s place in pop-culture. I also co-write a “geeky dating column” (soon to be podcast!) with Elliott Serrano for Bleeding Cool. Lastly, have a 9-5 job recruiting/managing the staff for a start-up company called I Wish Lessons.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I’ve always been a writer, but the real start to my current career came in 2005 when I started writing a blog called “Adorkable Grrl.” Everything else spring boarded from there … now I write for four, sometimes five online publications and have a graphic novel coming out in 2013.

What’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

People seem to think that being a pop-culture journalist who goes to comic cons, etc. for work is pretty glamorous. (Editor’s note: yes, that’s a photo of Kate with Stan Lee after the jump.) Truthfully, it’s pretty exhausting (and low paying, hence the 9-5 job). While participants at comic cons are having a blast, journos and pros are up each morning at 5 a.m., then running around all day chasing down stories, sitting on panels and networking — generally to fall exhausted into bed sometime after midnight. It is fun, and I love what I do, but I almost always need a vacation (or at least, a day off) after covering a comic convention.

In an ideal world, where making a living weren’t an issue, what would you be doing?

Running my own vintage clothing store.

What’s a band, television show, book, or movie that you hope Kate-book readers will go watch, listen to, or read RIGHT NOW?

Band — Gotye. Television Show — “Doctor Who.” Book — The Time Traveler’s Wife. Movie — “The Avengers.”

What’s your favorite stop to make on a road trip?

I love prowling around cities and checking out thrift stores.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?

I don’t know that I have one. When I was younger, skinnier and blonder some people thought I looked like Reese Witherspoon.

What’s the first concert you ever went to?

Willie Nelson, Poplar Creek (in Illinois), 1985.

If you were forced to get a tattoo right at this moment, what would you get?

Cherry blossoms running up my left arm and around my shoulder/back.

What’s your favorite thing about your name?

It’s spunky.

Your least favorite thing about your name?

When people who don’t know me well call me “Katie” — as that’s my family nickname and I generally tend to prefer that people who are just meeting me call me Kate.

Who is your favorite famous Kate?

It’s a tie; Katie Scarlet O’ Hara or Kate Hepburn.

Tell me about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name.

My little cousin, Kate Doyle. She’s a fierce collegiate soccer player and a brilliant student of biology. Not to mention, she’s funny as hell and (supposedly) named after me. =)

Know a Kate, Caty, Katherine, or Catelynn who needs to be Kate of the Week? Awesome! Send me a tip at kate.torgovnick@gmail.com. I will be in touch with them soon.

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3 thoughts on “Kate of the Week: Kate Kotler, a pop culture journalist who swears comic-cons aren’t all fun and games

  1. Kate S. says:

    Awesome! I totally commiserate with the non-family members calling me “Katie”, it’s just not cool. Strictly reserved for the loves of my life.

    It’s criminal that awesome writers still need 9 to 5′s to supplement amazing work. Kates, we need a revolution!

    • Rukiya says:

      Mischelle – For Christmas I am praying for the funds to take the enrtie family to Norway for my neice’s wedding and not just me. The oldest graduates this year so it will probably be one of the last family trips we take together. Would love that. I would also love a Kurieg. ;o)

  2. Catherine says:

    I’m with Kate: Doctor Who is an INCREDIBLE show. Watch it!

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