Two things about me. One, like most hackers, I have the ability/capacity/flaw of being able to become temporarily obsessive about something. It's what has me up at 3 a.m. coding when I've fallen into deep hack mode -- or, similarly, up at 3 a.m. writing when something catches fire. (If I could do it at will, I might be a productive human being, but unfortunately it seems to be a random thing.)
Two, I'm not a huge comic book geek, but I've got a shelf of graphic novels and "trade paperback" collections of comics. I'm just enough of a fan to have all of the volumes of Gaiman's Sandman, and know Superman's Kryptonian name and Swamp Thing's reconned origin story, but on the scale of comics knowledge that's small beer. I might have become a bigger comics fan as a kid, but as I was an early reader teachers and parents discouraged me from comics in favor of "real" books. All in all that's not horrible, since I could chew through our library's SF collection. And somehow newspaper comics were exempt from this pressure, and it was also cool to check Tintin collections out of the library. Point is, I developed some comics literacy, the ability to enjoy the medium.