Friday, November 15, 2013

The Facebook Numbers Racket (15 1/2 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me)

It appears I've been tagged in this recent Facebook meme. Basically, you're given a number and have to list that many facts that people may not know about you. Since I spent more time on collecting these than I probably should I thought I might share on my blog as well in order to break the ice with my viewers now that I'm starting to get regular commenters.

Well that and I'm working on two new pieces simultaneously, both taking more time than I anticipated and I'd like to have at least one post up before this month is half over.

1. I have seen all 120 episodes of the ‘60s Batman TV Series with Adam West, while I have watched only about half of the episodes from the original Star Trek (45 of 80 at present). I don’t know whether that loses or gains me any nerd points.

But whose fight music do I use?
Batman's or Kirk's ?

2. I have never been outside of North America at any time in my life. Farthest out I've been is to some small islands in the Bahama area as part of a cruise to celebrate my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary. 

3. I’ve never driven on the highway by myself before. Its probably one of the reasons I’m not too keen on traveling.

4. I feel so exposed while wearing T-Shirts. I much prefer collared shirts even when they have short sleeves. Though really, the more layers the better for me.

      5. I never got into drinking coffee, or even soda for that matter. I usually just stick to water and sugar free lemonade most of the time.

6. My title may be “illustrator”, but I consider myself a “storyteller” first and foremost. When people ask what an illustrator is, I often say that it’s a “narrative artist”.

 7. Multiple people have told me that I have a “radio announcer voice” and that I should “look into acting or stand up comedy”.

8. I have written over one hundred original articles for TV Tropes (119 at last count, not including many extensive edits).

9. I’m known for my exceptional oral hygiene. I’ve never had a cavity in my life.

10. According the Meyers Briggs Personality Test I am an ISTJ (Introvert Sensing Thinking Judging) also known as the Guardian-Inspector Type. This type is best known for being orderly, dependable, practical and dutiful.

11. I have a sizable collection of movies, mostly titles made in the ‘40s and ‘50s. The two most common genres in this assemblage include suspense horror and romantic drama.

Anyone up for a double feature at my place?

12. I listen to a lot of instrumental music while I work on my art. My most played songs include Alfred Hitchcock movie scores and soundtracks from the various Super Sentai television series.

13. I was interviewed for the PBS documentary “The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics”. My comments were not included in the finished film, but I can be seen in the foreground during the scenes they shot at the Wexner Center.

Now available at Amazon!

14.     Back when I lived in Columbus I kept a bowl of candies by the front door of my apartment to entice visitors to stay. One day I come home from class to see that the bowl is empty. I refilled it and went about my business. That night I woke up at 2:30 in the morning to a muffled “boom” noise. Confused I just went back to sleep only to discover the next morning that the bowl was empty again.

Curious, I filled it again, and the next morning again at 2:30 there was the same muffled “boom” sound again. I got out of bed and looked in the living room. The bowl was empty. 

Alarmed, I imagined that there was a wormhole to hell opening in that room and would come back and swallow me up. I slammed and locked my bedroom door, booted up my laptop to tell everyone on Facebook that this would be my last night on Earth and waited in terror for what ever it was to come back and get me and then… nothing happened.

Recalling the incident to my mother, she claimed I made the whole thing up to try and get money out of her or something. Saying that I must have eaten it all and just forgotten about it. Thanks Mom.

Furniture movers have nothing on chocolate thieves!

15. I’m right behind you…

Ha! Made you look!

Okay, okay, that one wasn't a fact. What else is there. Hm...

15 1/2. When I was a little kid, my Dad got me to eat my broccoli by telling me to pretend to be a dinosaur eating the trees. It appears to have worked.


  1. Nice. I did the same thing. I couldn't waste all that great prose on one forum. I thought it was time to be as honest on Facebook as I am on Blogger. Who cares. I am not a bad person and can defend anything I say or do.

  2. So I have been really behind on catching up on my readings, and I have to say, I greatly enjoyed reading this! It was nice to learn more about you. Some of these things seemed familiar since we have discussed them before, like with the movies and Super Sentai stuff, though I had no idea you liked listening to the music like that, How cool!

    And holy cow, I was terrified with your number 14. Did you ever find out what was happening? That kind of stuff freaks me out.

    How cool is it that you were also interviewed for a PBS documentary? I think that is awesome. Well, it's unfortunate in some ways since your interview was not in the finished part, but that is still something that is just really cool!

    I have seen this survey thing on FB and I haven't really done it yet as I don't really know that I have 15 things I could share that I haven't shared before, but I might need to think about it. I know I have a secret dream of being on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR as a guest, because I love that show a lot. However it is just a dream because I can't imagine on what planet I would have the chance to be on her show. lol

    I hope you are doing well, I really liked reading this about you.

    1. It happens. Frankly I'm amazed I've managed to keep up with as many goings-on as I have what with October-December being the busiest seasons in the US.

      It was tough coming up with some of these details, figuring out what most people already know, what you can or can't say about your humorous experiences with other people who may have dirt on you as well etc.

      Lyrics can be notoriously distracting when I'm trying to work. Scores can be very soothing, and every so often set the mood for what I'm drawing.

      I knew I had to save the ghost story for last. Its probably the trippiest thing that could happen to the cleanest kid at art college. The culprit never returned, but years later when I was moving out I did happen upon a rusty door key buried just outside my front door. Just thinking about how someone may have had a duplicate key to my place is even eerier than being haunted.

      Yeah, the PBS interview. Its one of those "what could have been moments". Who knows, maybe it'd have lead to a string of IMDB entries!

      Actually the survey is X Number of facts people don't know about you. You give out a random number to one of the commenters and you pass it along to one of yours after you're done. You're right, 15 may be too many. How about I give you a small, but juicy number like... 7.

      Thanks for giving me some attention. I was starting to feel bad that this is likely the only post I'll get out this month.

  3. Well... I just don't know what to say about #14. That's bizarre.

    The tree chomping dinosaur thing totally works on my kids!!! They also like pretending that green beans or other various vegetables are tiny people that they are eating like Godzilla. When my wife and I simulate tiny shrieks for help it encourages our preschoolers as they gleefully gorge on the flesh of unfortunates.

    I am the exact same way when it comes to wearing layers, driving on the highway, and leaving the US (not just North America).

    When people tell me I could be a stand-up comedian or ask me what it means to be an illustrator, I just backhand them in the mouth as hard as I can and tell them to stop insulting me.

    The rest of your facts, as far as I can tell, just reveal that you are indeed a sociopath and you MUST be stopped.

    1. Well it takes one to know one Mr. Flesh of the Unfortunates!

      You're lucky I signed your Christmas card before reading this! haha.


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