Growing garlic, potatoes, and sunchokes. Making art as much as possible. Making comics.
I spend a fair amount of time camping by bike with friends around the Bay Area. There are quite a few destinations within a day or two of bike and train that are great camping/cooking/guitaring/groupgaming/hidefromtherain spots. there's really nothing like a rolling community of bubbly bikers stopping ten times a day for a mobile feast of smoked trout, homemade kimchi, watermelon, and bruised avocado.
I also live in a co-op with eight great people, with whom I share dinners, conversation, and the occasional house party.
A Primate's Memoir by Robert Sapolsky. I took his class on behavioral biology that informs my view of human nature better than anything else out there.
The Finder series. Carla Speed McNiell is a comic book artist with some amazing skills, and uses several structural tricks that have helped my own work.
Always Coming Home evokes the atmosphere and landscape of my childhood.
National Geographic Magazine. I read it for the articles.
Safe Area Gorazde. A terrifying view behind the thin facade of civilization.
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Knots!
A good atlas. Mostly so I can make stupid puns about Djibouti.
Understanding Comics. If you're any kind of artist, this is a great breakdown of the artistic process.
Anything by Neal Stephenson.
The Talking Heads. My life soundtrack from birth.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and even sometimes Young.
Cory Doctorow in any format. For The Win gave me chills.
The Whole Earth Catalog, and its internet-era successor, Boing Boing.
I have an illustration on howfuckingromantic.wordpress.com, a collection of illustrations of Magnetic Fields songs - though you won't know which one is mine until you know my name...
From time to time I'll fire up the pen-and-ink neurons and create a small comic book. It's a fun medium to work in, a great multimodal method of telling a story. I know it will never be an income for me, but it's a good way to sustain an artistry that isn't just about the income.
That said, I've really enjoyed meeting some of the women on this site. I'm looking forward to whatever strangeness may ensue...