Over a month ago, I was 'tagged' by Kesha Bruce to post 5 things you don't know about me. I don't know why it took so long, but here we go...
5 Things You Don't Know About Me
10/366: other worlds
1. Comics were my gateway art drug...and they kept my imagination going since I was an only child. I've been reading them off and on since I was little. Last fall, I returned to reading again after a nearly six year break. A new comic book store opened up near my studio in Old City and I couldn't help help myself. I'd returned to the old neighborhood but didn't recognize the surroundings. Most of the characters I knew were still around, but in the comics world 5 years is like 20 life-times: a lot can happen. I wanted to reacquaint myself with the Marvel universe and started with the Civil War saga, one of those events that affected just about all of the Marvel characters.
I also like a lot of non-hero characters and books from my older collection, like Neil Gaiman's Sandman, the Transmetropolitan series, Lucifer, and Preacher, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and others.
2. No love for mushrooms. Sorry to all the fungi lovers out there, but I can't deal with them much. I can handle the generic 'Button' mushroom that's been cut up, but that's about it. Just the thought of a huge Portobello sandwich makes me want to gag. There's something about the texture and taste that I just don't like.
3. I have a thing for browsing books and magazines about loft spaces. I don't know what it is, but the photos of those pristine, unrealistically neat and expensive open spaces appeal to me.
4. When my parents sent me to the store when I was a kid, I'd always run as fast as I could and pretend that I was The Flash.
5. I'm one of those cooks who will throw anything together to make a meal. I like to cook, but don't respect the boundaries of certain foods like my wife does. For example, she'd be very happy if I didn't combine Italian pastas with tofu, which she associates only with Asian cuisine. That's a mild example. A couple of days ago, I took some leftovers to the studio for my lunch-black beans and rice. The twist is that I added tuna, edamame beans and a few spices to the dish. I cannot describe the look she gave me.