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    The best way to start these things is to get everyone saying hello. So please introduce yourselves in this thread, adding a photo if you've got one (trust me -- the web works much better when people see that there are real people on the other end of a post).

    Obviously, if you've said hello in previous Introduction threads, there's no need to do it again.

    We don't insist on real names here. I find it helps, but, frankly, if you want to be a completely fictional invention of yourself, go right ahead. Hell, I've even known people who have started out fictional and then become their own invention.

    Hello. I'm Warren.

    -- W
    • CommentAuthorAlcorest
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2010
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    Hey! I just signed up!

    I think I'm going to go with "completely fictional invention of yourself" and be Alcorest.

    Nice to meet you.
    • CommentAuthorJoLuHuAg
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2010
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    Hello!

    My name's José and I'm from Perú (the real arse eels live here). I discovered this place some months ago when I started reading Freakangels webcomic.

    Nice to meet you
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      CommentAuthorKaribou
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2010 edited
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    That's me

    Hi i'm Kevin, i live in Paris and i'm 31.
    I read Comics since i'm a kid and practicaly learn to read with Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe and some others great figures of the French comics.

    I started to be interested in American comics in the mid 90's entering this world with Frank Miller's Sin City and Alan Moore's From Hell and V pour vendetta. I've never had the urge to collect an entire character stories, i'd rather focus on the writer name.
    I discovered so many of them now and i hardly can find room to put my books, collecting comics in french is a bit odd because i'm so often in a gap with english readers. And when i'm extatic about something i just had, many of you have already read it for years.

    For exemple i have read the last issue of transmetropolitan in march of this year, it's only at this time that Tranmet has been availlable entirely in french.
    The first issue in french has been published in late 1998, nothing else came out until 2007 and then it took three years to conclude.
    The price is often expansive too, getting the complete transmetropolitan serie in french worth 174€, it means 147 pounds or 232 dollars at the current conversion rate.

    The same thing for other famous series, Sandman is finished here since april of 2009, it changed three times of publisher and it took 12 long years to be concluded from the first attempt of publication by a little editor who disapeared, until the last tpb.

    I can't imagine how much time i'll have to wait to get the whole Cerebus serie, the first book just came out this summer and the editor is a talented one but very small and weak in term of money.

    You english speaking people are lucky bastards, you have cheap edition in real time. The only advantage i can rely on is that i have a more diversified panel of choice in the worldwide comics industry than you because i can read all the french comics obviously but many manga and asiatic comics too because a big amount of the japanese production is translated in french so far.
    Well neverheless i would like to have the complete vertigo collection availlable instead of the tiny part we can buy here.

    Maybe you wonder why i bitch about it and don't purchase my books in english. Well i admit that is a possibility but books are also a social matter to me and in france the people who are able to read and enjoy some comics or novel in english are very rare. If i had a collection of comics in english i would not be able to lend my books and to talk about it with my friends so i mostly collect them in french.

    Well apart from that, i work in a office from 9am to 5 pm, i can listen to wathever i like during my boring work and i listen to various podcast and streaming radio in addition to browsing the internet, that way i can learn many things even if i'm doing a stupid job (it consist in repeating the same process related to the press and advertising all day long on a computer).
    The job is boring and stupid and pays minimum wage but at least i don't have anybody who mess with me (i hate hierarchy) and don't have to think about or take more time for my work than it is necessary.

    I'm in love with a tremendous girl for 9 years now and got many friends that'll like to see more often. But i'm a lazy ass and many of them lives at 200 kilometers in my native city in normandy.

    I don't know if i'll be around here for a long time or if i'll write a lot here (i've never wrote in english on a regular basis) but i do appreciate to reading you all, the links you find in the "around the net" topics are pretty amazing.

    Nice to meet you.
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    All Names Refused is LouisL. from Quebec city, Province of Qc, Canada.

    I'm right in the middle of both French and English worlds (I'm the one who gets pissed whenever the Frenchie in Ennis' The Boys says stuff in french that makes little sens... telling meself "Bollocks, Garth should've asked me.").
    Québec is one of the last French enclave in North America: Frenchies with USA attitude (bad mix).

    Loving V.O., I'm really into comics since it is releasing so much material, compared to.. huuum.. La Bande Dessinée in Europe.

    Workaholic, I'm a multimedia designer/consultant for a living. Most of my free time goes either to; drawing - writing - buying - reading comics and BDs, my girlfriend, loosing my time on the net, watching movies and cartoons, listening to music.

    Now, as Faith No More would say: Introduce yourself!
    • CommentAuthorJ Kingman
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2010
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    Hi
    I'm Jake and don't know how to add a picture. I grew up in Alaska and return every summer to commercial fish for salmon. The rest of the year I am a father and writer. I write comics under the name J. Kingman and live near Portland, OR.

    I have collected comics since 1986. I love Warren's writing, although I'll admit I caught onto him a bit late and just read TransMetropolitan 2 years ago. His novel is amazing! And Freakangles is my favorite comic right now, and I get 12 -15 new comics a week. I have been waiting on the tradepaperbacks and just found out it was online!
    So I am going to catch up on some FreakAngels!!!
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    Hey, I'm Ravis.

    I'm an American writer (St. Pete, Florida) who got into comics and graphic novels ass-backwards through films and genre lit, the same way I got into punk rock through AC/DC and Cheap Trick. A friend lent me Crooked Little Vein, and it really helped reinforce my faith in the idea that dark, funny and absurd could co-exist and that some people might actually want to read such a combination.

    Also, anything I try to draw ends up looking like either a really bad Celtic tattoo or the sort of dude-with-mohawk-and-angular-shades doodle that might have appeared in your notebook in 1986.
    Reading in St. Pete, summer 2010

    http://ravisharnell.com
    • CommentAuthorkatrina
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2010
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    Hi, I just signed up using my real first name as a username, however original and safe that may be. I first heard about Freakangels on a wiki walk through Midwich-Cuckoo-related pages. I am from the Philippines.

    As much as I would have enjoyed contemporary comics growing up, the town where I'm from had zero comic bookstores, so most of what I know about my favorite characters comes from the Internet, syndicated cartoons, and hand-me-down comics from when my mom was a kid. At least I recognized Cain, Abel, and their Houses when I finally got my hands on some Sandman in the 2000s. I guess I'm sort of in the same boat as Karibou, but not as angry.

    I pay my bills by writing articles for newspaper supplements. The rest of the time, I'm commuting; living without a car, in a city this size, and where pedestrians are not a priority mean that I'm in a long-distance relationship with everyone else I know.

    This is my most recent picture. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware it was being taken, so no eye contact. Plenty of grilled chikkin intestine from the street market, though.

    We call it isaw.
    • CommentAuthorstevemw
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2010
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    hi im steve
    40 from a little town in hampshire uk called fordingbridge
    facebook and twitter lurker followed freakangels since issue 1
    big x men fan but have wide tastes
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    Hi, I'm Gareth, an aspiring comic creator/barman from Belfast. Sadly, I am yet to be feared.
    • CommentAuthorRexRebar
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010 edited
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    Kristopher Bishop, writer and filmmaker in the bitter bitter cold of Minnesota. I am not very good with computers so pictures may be few and far between although my primary motive for signing up is to participate in the remodels so I'll have to educate myself shortly. I have always felt a touch awkward on these sort of sites so I'm sticking a toe in, testing the water.

    I stated that I am a writer, but if you notice any grammatical inconsistencies please also note that I generally have editors look over my work before it is published. I seem to go hog wild with commas and run ons and fragments (trappings of post modernism I say). See! The preceding sentence is exactly what I'm talking about: the punctuation outside of the parenthetical, I'm looking at it and trying to remind myself whether or not the period goes outside, inside or before and don't even get me started on the colon. My editors hate me.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010
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    'Ello.

    I'm Mike, my username is my initials.

    I've been a member for years, close to when this place launched I think. Over time I kinda fell off the map into lurker status but have fond memories of hanging in the chat room when there was one and of course during Obama's election reading all the amazing posts from the great folk who populate that thread. Fun times.

    Anyway I find myself on this place more and more and there is a several lack of awesome people in my internet life at the moment. So I thought I'd say hi and start posting again.
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      CommentAuthorRothycat
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2010 edited
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    Hi guys,

    My name is Amy, I've been a fan of Warren's since I got my grubby teenage fingers on Transmetropolitan back in 1999. My only true claims to fame have been a bit part in the Broadway release of Quadrophenia, having my name in the credits of World of Warcraft, and inspiring a forum member at another site into immortalizing my alias on UrbanDictionary.com (the latter probably being my proudest achievement). I'm an avid artist, albeit it a hopeless starving one in the cold wet wilds of Seattle where I have to engage in Mortal Kombat with every damned hipster within a 5-mile radius of an art supply store just to get some good Microns these days. I'm usually wary of artist/author-run forums like this due to a very bad experience I had once with Mark Z. Danielewski over at Houseofleaves.com. My memory has suppressed most of the details from the sheer trauma of the event, but I'm fairly sure it involved my grandmother and some ornery hamsters. Things are....weird there. However after some lurking I see some intelligent, passionate people that post here regularly; wonderful artists, authors and comic geeks like myself...and that makes me a very happy taco. I hope to see all of you more often. :)

    By the way Warren, can't we be ourselves and STILL be fictitious and invented? Isn't that sort of...uh...our generation's "thing"? (wakka wakka)

    Cheers,

    ~Amy
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2010 edited
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    ^HA!
    1. Roffy-hawt

    adj. A girl or woman who possesses such natural beauty that she does not need any make-up to appear beautiful and looks good in any given situation.

    Due to this natural beauty she is capable of pulling off any style or look while looking great.
    Derived from Rothycat-hot
    Person1: Did you see Amy? She just got out of bed and her hair is a mess, but she looks gorgeous as hell.
    Person2: Yeah, she's really Roffy-hawt.
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      CommentAuthorTierntown
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2010 edited
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    Hello Persons,

    My name is Billy and I'm an improviser in the State of Washington. I've an affinity for graphic novels and art - I just returned from my 18 year drawing hiatus and am making up ground quickly. I am keeping my eyes on these threads and will eventually draw something for one of them. It's nice to be here.

    Cheers!

    Tierntown
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      CommentAuthorEd Sludden
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2010
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    Hi, my names Ed.

    I live in Scotland, which is north of you. Please send food.

    The huskies are all dead.

    I make art and animation for the games industry. Not the entire industry, usually just
    small companies as its more creatively rewarding. I sometimes post art in the Remake/Remodel,
    the gun toting stuff is really an antidote to the more cute style that I do for a living. A game I
    worked on is just out on the Iphone/Ipad. It's called 'Floe'.

    btw I really loved 'Crecy' and so did my sister who is a field archaeologist, she knows things.
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      CommentAuthorRothycat
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2010
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    There ya go Lazarus. XD

    Also hi to you Tiern/Billy! Whereabouts in Washington do you live? Anywhere near Seattle/Eastside, or are you inland toward Spokane? ...I'm curious, I've never heard of a state improviser before. What exactly is it that you do, it sounds neat!
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      CommentAuthorTierntown
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2010
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    I'm in Bellingham, Rothy! I work for and perform at a live improv theatre - which means I make (funny!) stuff up in front of live audiences. I was in Spokane for a long time but moved out to the coast a coupl'a years ago - I love it here!
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    Hi, kids! In my role as nothing and no one, I welcome thee.
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      CommentAuthorRothycat
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2010 edited
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    Bellingham....aka the home of the state's one and only Chick-Fil-A. You lucky bastard.

    And thanks Chain...as your role of nothing and no one, can we dub thee "Nowhere Man"?