1: What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Went to San Francisco. Drove a moving truck with a car in tow from Tampa to DC, taught a Full-fledged graphic novel course for one of the best colleges in the country!
2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any last year, and probably won’t this year. I already have enough goals.
3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
My brother and sister-in-law had another little girl
4: Did anyone close to you die?
Michael Clarke Duncan
5: What countries did you visit?
6: What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012:
More published work and more energy…and to find a way to deal with stress that doesn’t involve large pizzas.
7:What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 20th, when the theater in Aurora was attacked. Movie theaters are the closest thing to a church to me (probably even closer). When I read the news the next morning that while I was enjoying The Dark Knight Rises, people were losing their lives, it hit me in as close to a spiritual way as I am capable of.
8:What was your biggest achievement of the year?
4 publications altogether, by Rusty Nail, the Lit Garden, and monkeybycicle.
9:What was your biggest failure?
Not pushing myself harder until the last part of the year.
10:Did you suffer illness or injury?
No. I remain the healthiest fat guy in America.
11:What was the best thing you bought?
Saga (comic book). A desktop computer. A portrait of myself as Beast from the incredibly talented Joi Washington, which I gave to my mom for Christmas.
12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Hmmm…I had some wonderful students, we’ll leave it at that
13:Whose behaviour made you appalled?
Hmmm…I had some horrible students, we’ll leave it at that
14:Where did most of your money go?
Rent, food, comics, movies, and mostly–STUDENT LOANS
15:What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Finding a burst of inspiration for a novel that has been plaguing me for years, coming up with enough story to spin it into 3 books, and getting positive feedback from everyone who has read samples so far.
16: What song will always remind you of 2012?
Soundgarden’s “Been Away Too Long”
17:Compared to this time last year, are you
(a) happier or sadder?
Well, happier with my professional life…person life is about the same
(b) thinner or fatter?
Slightly fatter despite going to the gym a lot. I had some stressful months that got the best of me.
(c) richer or poorer?
18:What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing–and getting my getting my writing into the world.
19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
Letting stress get to me.
20: How did you spend Christmas your birthday?
Watched Les Miserables with my family.
21: Did you fall in love in 2012?
Only for a moment and then the moment past. And then I discovered Pig Daddy’s BBQ
22:What was your favorite TV program?
Breaking Bad, Go On, and Once Upon a Time
23:Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, but those I did hate before I hate even moreso now.
24: What was the best book you read?
I hate you for asking this. Way too many to choose from. Great comics this year, like Thor: God of Thunder and Animal Man. Great books like Roma and Fun and Games. Too many things to choose from
25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
Danger Mouse’s Rome
26:What did you want and get?
I wanted to be a more determined writer. Now I most definitely am.
27:What did you want and not get?
Love. But then I realized that I wanted to focus on other things right now.
28: What was your favorite film of this year?
Fuck you for asking. So many….too many to list. Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, Argo, Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables, and more.
29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Ha….how to explain this without giving too much detail. I pulled a Mark Ruffalo from The Kids Are All Right, minus the sperm donation part. We’ll leave it at that.
30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Is this clean?
31: What kept you sane?
Movies and comics
32:Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Scarlett Johansson. The answer is almost always Scarlett Johansson.
33: What political issue stirred you the most?
Fiscal Cliff, Marriage Equality, our government of ten-year-old bullies.
34: Who did you miss?
My Borders friends
35:Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
I was supposed to learn something?
36:Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“I got the feeling that it’s two against one. I’m already fighting me, so what’s another one?”