The interview thing, questions by examorata:
(1) When did you first start reading comic books, and what was your first favorite? (You can also tell us why, but I wasn't sure how many queries to squeeze in per "question" and still be fair. =)
I started somewhere in the mid-80's, the local library was well-endowed with a surprising selection. And I read *everything.* Thereafter, I bought all kinds at the local convenience store near my house. But the first comic that was my real favorite was X-men. The characters were relatively well-written, and while sure, they occasionally traipsed into deep space or other dimensions, there was still this grounding of them being real characters rather than the "I'll spin the world backward to turn back time!" feel that DC had at the time.
(2) What is your best memory of Zoe from your first year (plus a few weeks) of fatherhood?
Best memory? They're all pretty good, but I'm constantly amused by her attempts to communicate, which tend to involve her pointing at things and making noise. I swear she is saying "what dat?" And not in a crazy-parent sort of way.
Or, her dropping objects on my head. Which is happening with alarming frequency these days.
(3) If you had a time machine, AND a special time-suit that made sure you didn't permanently futz up the space-time contiuum, what moment in history would you want to go back and witness?
I really, really wanna say the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, but I would have to go with the control room of the first atomic bomb test. There's plenty of others (the American ships sailing into the harbor of Imperial Japan) but that's gonna win most of the time, because I'm a modern kind of guy.
(4) Instead of Desert Island Disks, I want Desert Island Books. What five books would you want stranded with you on a desert island? ("The Art of Raft-Building" doesn't count!)
Hmmm. I'll also leave out graphic novels, because that would be a separate list entirely.
a.) The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. Plenty of material. [Yeah, one of those 'all in one big book' versions. I was tempted to put up all the longest books I can think of (Remembrance of Things Past!) because you know, plenty of time, but I held back.]
b.) Grendel by John Gardner. One of my favorite books, it's deep and dark.
c.) The Once and Future King by White. My favorite Arthurian book.
d.) That big compilation book of world mythology that I got from that first class I took with Dr. Flieger, because it rules.
e.) The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn. Might as well get cracking on that universal enlightenment thing.
Oh, and hell, you didn't ask but here's my graphic novels list:
b.) The Dark Knight Returns -or- Sandman: Season of Mists
c.) Kingdom Come
e.) Enemy Ace: War Idyll
Runners-up - Batman: Arkham Asylum, Squadron Supreme
(5) If you could play one sport really well, like professionally well, which one would you want it to be and why?
I doubt you're gonna count pro wrestling here, and that's OK, it's really more entertainment. Well, hockey would bring in the chicks, and cricket would be amusing. And I also guess 'pentathlon/decathlon' wouldn't count either, so I am going to have to go with soccer. It's athletic, more endurance based, and less likely to be dominated by overspecialized freaks.
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