Maritial Status: Married one and 8/10 of a decade.
Group Affiliation: West Virginia Writers, Inc., The Hollers (playwrighting alliance), The Manly Bladder Club (charter), Write Club (first rule of Write Club, nobody talks about Write Club!), Columbia House Record and Tape Club (which I was a member of twice over, but since they went bankrupt, I’m uncertain as to my membership status).
Turn-Ons: Intelligence. Humor. Creativity. Consistency. Individuality. Cheese. And a really nice can doesn’t hurt.
Turn-Offs: Restaurants that skimp on the fries.
Last Good Movie I Saw in a Theater: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
All Time Favorite Movies: Raising Arizona. Harold & Maude. Amelie. Waking Ned Devine. Silverado. Amadeus. L.A. Story. The Blues Brothers. Rushmore. Serenity. The Royal Tennenbaums. The Shawshank Redemption. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. The Green Mile. M*A*S*H*. South Park: Bigger Longer, Uncut. The Iron Giant. Clerks. Chasing Amy. Most films by the Coen brothers. Most films by Terry Gilliam.
Favorite Books: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, by Douglas Adams. Good Omens, American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, Anansi Boys, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and most other books by Neil Gaiman. A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter Miller. High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. Illusions by Richard Bach. The Postman by David Brin. Ender’s Game and most of the other Ender books by Orson Scott Card. Different Seasons, The Stand, and The Green Mile by Stephen King. Smilla’s Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer.
Last Good Book I read: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. (I’ve read all three books in the trilogy, but the first book is such a good read that I have to recommend it first.)
Favorite current TV: Doctor Who, The Venture Brothers, Robot Chicken, South Park, Game of Thrones, Daredevil, Rick and Morty, Last Man on Earth, Curse of Oak Island, Archer, Peaky Blinders, Big Mouth, Stranger Things (though I admit to resenting that this show seems to have been tailor made in a lab to appeal to me).
Favorite Foods: Indian Food is my ultimate comfort food. I once enjoyed a bowl of rice pudding (kheer) at Nawob in Roanoke, VA, that was like eating a bowl of pure love.
Least Favorite Foods: Beets, cause they taste like dirt. No, I’m sorry, they do. Cilantro, cause it’s the demon weed.
Biggest Influences: I’m chock full of Monty Python, Doctor Who, Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, They Might Be Giants, MST3k, Dr. Demento, Judy Blume, Berke Breathed, Bill Waterson, Gary Larson, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, The Simpsons, Warren Ellis, Jonathan Hickman, and J. Michael Straczynski.
Last Really Good Comic I Read: Black Hammer is currently pushing all my buttons.
All Time Favorite Comic Works: Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, The Sandman, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the original Ben Edlund run on The Tick, The Goon, Bone, the Denny O’Neil penned version of The Question, Top Ten, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Concrete, the Giffen/DeMatteis run on Justice League, Kingdom Come, Starman,`Mazing Man, Acme Novelty Library, The Tale of One Bad Rat, Planetary, RASL, Hellboy, B.P.R.D.,The Manhattan Projects, East of West, Y the Last Man, the Goon, Astro City.
Favorite Music: Simon & Garfunkel, Ben Folds, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, Neil Finn, They Might Be Giants, Midnight Oil, Barenaked Ladies, Moxy Früvous, Richard Barone, Dave Matthews Band, Sonia Dada, Jason Falkner, Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs, Oingo Boingo, Pet Shop Boys, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tenacious D, Jeff Buckley, Jonathan Coulton, October Project, Anais Mitchell, Bon Iver, Beruit, Pops Walker, and Vinx.
Favorite Recent Album: “Self Talk” by Olympia
Ideal Evening: Staying in with a bunch of good friends, telling funny stories while eating great food.
Long Term Goal: Nothing short of world domination, physical perfection and a prolific amount of prose work to my name.
Short Term Goal: Gathering the energy necessary to begin my world domination scheme. So far, I’ve joined a gym.
Last Words: “Oh, no, I could absolutely eat all of that.”