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Sunday, August 03, 2008

20 Questions with a Comix Connection Counter Monkey

1.) What's your name?
William Charles Wahl

2.) Any nicknames, codenames, etc?
Der Obergruppensturmbahncomicfuhrer, Spot. Think about it.

3.) Store of Operations?
On Earth-Bill, Comix Connection - Key Largo

4.) Favorite thing to do on a day off?
Play the violin with my feet while I do Final Order Cut-Offs, sleep the sleep of the dead.

5.) Any hidden talents or uncanny abilities?
I have the proportionate power of a normal human being. I can hear the tape-ripping sound of someone opening the bag of a back-issue comic book in a thunderstorm at a Van Halen concert at 100 feet.

6.) If you could live off only one food or beverage what would it be?
Shrimp. Duh. What's wrong with you people? Shrimp is the best food EVER.

7.) Favorite kind of Pop Tarts?
None. Aren't Pop Tarts just sugar-sweetened building materials? I mean, you could probably build an adobe poptart house if you had like 30,000 of them, right? Sounds like a project. Readers, send your photos!

8.) Favorite monster?
The Creature From the Id, FORBIDDEN PLANET.

9.) Favorite fictional character?
Dr. Gonzo

10.) Top five favorite video games?
Firepower (pinball, played vs. Ned at Giacomo's), Pong, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Wii Bowling

11.) Top five favorite bands?
Iggy & the Stooges, The Ramones, Bauhaus/Tones On Tail/Love and Rockets, The Clash, The Cramps

12.) Top five favorite television shows?
Batman (1960's), Star Trek (original, viewed in reruns in the '70s), Monty Python's Flying Circus (viewed in reruns on PBS in the '70s!), The Prisoner, Twin Peaks.

13.) Top five favorite films?
The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Dr. Strangelove, Network, Dawn of the Dead (1978), True Stories, Repo Man,

14.) Top five books you read that were not in comic book form?
Best Supernatural Stories of H.P. Lovecraft - Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Fear and Loathing On the Campaign Trail 1972 - Hunter S. Thompson, The Making of the Atom Bomb - Richard Rhodes, Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond, the instruction manual to my digital camera- it's like reading War and Peace in twelve languages!

15.) Top five favorite comic books?
Love and Rockets, Mister X, Black Terror, Hate, Eightball,

16.) What canceled or finished comic book series should be revived?
None. They died for a reason - no readers. OK, I lied. I'd like to see more "Bob the Alien" from the old Dark Horse Presents. And Xenozoic Tales by the incomparable Mark Schultz. And more Rocketeer by Dave Stevens. Ah, forget it. I could fill a page with just stuff I'd like to see still coming out...

17.) When and how did you discover comic books?
When I was a child and we visited my Grandpop in Philly I used to sleep on the couch in the living room. On Sunday mornings at 6AM, he would drop the Sunday funnies section on the table beside me so that when I woke up it would be there for me to read. And then he would make breakfast, so that was the smell I awoke to - Grandpop's breakfast. With a big city's Sunday comic section within reach. Comic books? Well, I remember buying a four-inch stack of British DANDYs and BEANOs at the elementary school's May Festival in 3rd grade, and my uncle had a big stack of MAD magazines that he kept in his closet that he told me not to touch, so of course I snuck off and read them.

18.) What appeals to you about comic books as an art form?
The unique experience of reading words and seeing pictures that an artist has chosen from his imagination, in a perfect, non-duplictable combination.

19.) Earliest memory of Comix Connection?
I have no early memories of Comix Connection. OK, one of my earliest memories is of the end-of-night receipts for the Very First Day We Were Open At The Delco Plaza... it was something like $15.85. I know I saved that bit of paperwork somewhere.

20.) Anything interesting we should know about you?
I collect antique electric fans. I am an accomplished gleeker. I have a birthmark RIGHT ON MY FACE.



At 8/04/2008 12:33 AM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

That is a very old picture.

At 8/04/2008 1:53 PM, Blogger Joe said...

You know, the fact that you're also known as Der Obergruppensturmbahncomicfuhrer might be a big part of why we're all so well behaved around here.

At 8/04/2008 3:02 PM, Blogger josh said...

so, what's the york staff's excuse then? I think you may have scared me as a child.

At 8/04/2008 3:54 PM, Blogger tom said...

Nice picture. When did the Penguin drop his cigarette holder?

At 8/07/2008 12:22 PM, Anonymous joltman said...

Hey Bill, seeing as you listed your five fave bands, I thought this would be a good time to ask this. I know you're into old-school punk, are they any current punk bands you listen? Just curious, the Ramones are one of my favorites (I hate you, you saw them live!) but besides them I listen to more recent bands like NOFX and the Bouncing Souls.

At 8/09/2008 9:22 AM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

You forgot the 21st question:

What annoys you the most??

A.) Being cutoff in traffic by jerks in their Escalade's :))))

Hey Joltman

I am kind of like Bill in listening tastes and punk- NOFX is ok, Blink 182 did some cool stuff (till the singer's voice gets too annoying) and of course, I really dig Rancid. Otherwise, punk really devolved, imho, into this Abercrombie and Fitch look that it seems to have today. It just isn't the same really.

Just my 2 cents is all, nothing more.


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