I'm a fun-loving, easy-going person, but my biggest turn-off is people who are bored, jaded and/or spoiled. Really, all we have in life are small moments - we live in the present-- the past and the future do not exist - and if you can't enjoy the moment, you're not enjoying life.
My work as a writer and cartoonist is both social and solitary. There's no way to really get the work done but alone. Conversely, I attend functions often via work, and that's my chance to socialize.
I love my work: a salary writing job with bonus income writing and writing/drawing comic books. I've also had some adventures in entertainment writing (primarily feature film screenplays).
By nature, I love storytelling and learning about people and places, art, culture, so I have a curious mind and, at the risk of sounding very Huell Howser, the greatest adventure in life is really right in our own backyard (and occasionally, on the front lawn...).
I love living in Los Angeles and weekend getaways to various beloved parts of California, including Santa Barbara, the Bay Area, San Diego/La Jolla, Laguna Beach, Central Coast (especially Cambria, Cayucos and SLO) and Carmel/Pacific Grove/Monterey. In April 2013, thanks to a travel writing trip, I also discovered all the major cities of Arizona, but I particularly fell hard for the cities and climes of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, Sedona and Jerome).
On my free time, I enjoy visiting places, restaurants, the occasional hiking, and the company of the woman in my world.
Also love certain metal bands ~ Slayer, AC/DC, GNR, early Metallica, Sum 41. Also early Chili Peppers and Fishbone, Muse....cowboy singers Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson...alternative rock bands Wilco, Weezer, The Vines.
Along with rap, I really love punk rock: the Circle Jerks, Black Flag but especially The Clash and Sex Pistols. The first album I ever bought was the Clash's "Combat Rock" so the Clash remain my all-time favorite group of any genre.
Reggae-wise, I'm a big fan of Yellowman. On the jazz side, I have a deep appreciation for Thelonious Monk.
MOVIES: too endless to list but my favorite is '60s/'70s Hollywood ~ movies directed by Sam Peckinpah, Hal Ashby, Woody Allen, Blake Edwards, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, etc.
More recently, the films of Sam Raimi, Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne, Jim Jarmusch.
I love comedies the most, senseless horror/violent films least. I'm not a big Tarantino fan....until you get to "Inglourious Basterds," an instant classic.
I was very disappointed in the recent crop of superhero flicks, I'd say the great ones for me have been the first Sam Raimi "Spider-Man," 2008's "The Dark Knight," "X-Men:First Class" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the Ed Norton "Incredible Hulk" and not much else.
Some of my favorite comedies of recent years include "Role Models," "Observe & Report," "This is the End," "I Love You, Man," "Pineapple Express," and "That's My Boy," the funniest, wackiest Adam Sandler comedy since "The Waterboy!"
Further back, favorite comedies include the first "Bill & Ted," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Guarding Tess," and "Sideways."
TV: I usually catch up with shows on DVD. Recent shows I've enjoyed: I think "Eastbound & Down" is the funniest comedy since "Curb," maybe even since "Taxi!" Also "Portlandia," "Louie." Dramas: "The Wire," "Breaking Bad."
On a trashy level, I am very much enjoying "Arrow," which is loosely based on the DC Comics character "The Green Arrow." If you can get over the typical CW conceit that every character looks like a fashion plate and all bald people are villains, this is a fun show....Besides, where else on network TV can kids tune in at 8 pm to see a guy murder people with arrows on a weekly basis?
BOOKS: Too many to get into but my favorite authors include John Fante, James M. Cain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Budd Schulberg, Donald Westlake/Richard Stark (the Parker series), Ayn Rand, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, Woody Allen, Jack Douglas.