Hi there! the dynamic Dan has asked us all to do the meme what he wrote. I kinda felt obliged. I was going to do it yesterday, but I couldn't be arsed...
What is your name? Yes, your real one?
Is this identity theft? Michael Trimble is the name my Grandmother calls me. To everyone else I'm Mick, and to my brothers I'm Mickey. An unfortunate hangover from when we were all children. I also have a middle name, but I won't tell you in case this really is identity theft.
What feeling does blogging give you?
The feeling that I should be spending the time doing something useful.
How many of the blogs you link to have you physically touched? In the flesh?
Jemima, BB, Cherry girl, Steve (Banal Pig), Andy Winter, Bolt-01, Dan Cox. Sometimes the touching is inappropriate. Sorry.
Oh, I've met Ian Sharman as well, but I don't think we shook hands or anything, so I've met him but had no physical contact. Does that count?
What do you do in the comfort of your own home when not blogging?
I generally spend most of my free time lately drawing, and nursing hand injuries.
Tell me a thing that you wished you had blogged about but decided not to?
My adventures in Internet Dating. It might upset the people involved!
Why did you begin to blog?
I thought it'd be a good way of getting my art online without paying for a proper site or domain name. Also, I live under the delusion that I'm funny, and I enjoy writing funny stuff. I hope people enjoy reading it. If you've enjoyed reading it half as much as I've enjoyed writing it, then I've enjoyed writing it twice as much as you've enjoyed reading it.
What do you enjoy about reading other people's weird ramblings?
I like reading about other people, even if I don't particularly like interacting with real people. It's like catching up with someone, without all that boring conversation stuff.
What would you never blog about?
My sex life. Probably because there's fuck all to blog about!
What is your blogging software of choice and why?
I'm on Blogger, because a few people I know were on it already, and it's a lot more user friendly than MySpace. I'm on MySpace as well, though, as it's more popular, and I can put some pictures on there as well-although I've not updated on there in ages. Oh, I'm on ComicSpace as well, which is working out really well for me in terms of making contacts and getting my work out there.
Is Blog a really stupid word or is it just me?
I'm afraid we're stuck with it. Also it's a lot easier to say than 'place on the internet where lonely geeks talk to themselves'. There are stupider words than 'blog' though, like 'flibbertigibbet'.
The bit about nothing in particular:
Can you name a highlight of the last year?
Professionally, there were lots, MC2 finally coming out and the reviews that it got were great (personally, the story I'd written and illustrated got some very favourable reviews. I think the Birmingham Post called it 'a postmodern and poignant superhero story' which is what I was kinda going for.) as well as all the exhibitions and the book launch that came along with it. It was fun pretending to be famous and sitting behind a table asking people 'who shall I sign it to?'
Also, getting picked for the Jonas Moore thing, which has only been online a week or so and has already had 90,000 hits, is a highlight.
I am not going to ask for a low. Instead, what's your favourite cake?
I like all cakes except Eccles, Pontefract and Kendal Mint Cakes. Oh, and Urinal Cakes are an acquired taste and all.
What makes you laugh?
Comeuppances. Stupid puns. Inappropriateness. Inventive swearing. And, may I be damned forever, I have a weakness for a sick joke, but this means Karma is going to get me at some point soon. Although I'm a fan of modern comedies like Father Ted, Peep Show and Phoenix Nights, it's the classic sitcoms of the Seventies that I have a great love for- Rising Damp, Porridge, Fawlty Towers, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? and Open All Hours are my absolute faves, which is just as well, because they're always on.
Oh, and Brian Blessed. Give him a knighthood!
What do you just not understand about puny humans?
The lack of respect for other puny humans, and the overpowering need to feel superior.
Why do people buy The Daily Express/Mail?
The overpowering need to feel superior. The people who buy those rags are the ones who want to bring back hanging, and those same people also say 'Hanging's too good for them!'
Make your right wing mind up!
What music are you listening to right now and why?
'Siberian Divide' by Mastodon, who are going to be the next big stars of Metal. They write big epic songs which sound phenomenal. I'm listening to it because my Media Player randomly picked it to spew into my ears.
What makes a housewife drive an off-roader to take the kids to school?
Laziness, and to justify buying the big fucking thing in the first place.
What colour pants are you wearing? (It's a compulsary meme question. Sorry)
In the American sense, grey. In the British sense, black. All of my underwear is of the grey/black variety.
What colour pants would you never wear?
Burberry. Is that a colour? And whilst yellow is practical, I'd never wear pants that colour.
Why do people go out in tracksuits when they never do jogging or the gym?
Because they're sucked in by advertising, or because they're Scouse.It's always perplexed me that the only clothes that fit really fat people is sportswear.
Have you watched the new(ish) Battlestar Galactica?
I keep meaning to, I keep missing it. Also, I'm kind of put off by the fact that the updated Galactica has made Starbuck into a woman and has less black people in it than the original. Is that progress? Bloody Star Trek in the '60s had more black people in it!
How much difference does a please and thankyou make?
It means a lot and it costs little or no effort. It's the difference between being asked to do something rather than being told to do it, and that makes all the difference to me.
Where is Gary Coleman?
He's currently on tour with the Harlem Globetrotters, who I think are playing in Wolverhampton or somewhere this week.
Why did you do this meme?
I don't know! I generally don't do memes, but I didn't want to be left out with this one.