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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
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    Hi, everyone,

    I'm Shawn Aldridge, writer and creator of Vic Boone. Originally from Kentucky, I currently live in Portland, OR. I work at the largest new and used bookstore in America, Powell's City of Books.

    I'm real and this is how I look when viewed from the left--
    Me
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    Hi -

    My name is Bryan. I'm from Spokane, in Washington State. I am a longtime lurker, who spends time reading here when he should be working.

    I'll post a picture tonight, when I'm not at work... (cough).
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    Hi, I don't *think* I've done this before here. My name is Tom, from the Chicago suburbs. I also lurk around, and occasionally post something. Here's me skating in the summer, when things are WARM (oh please, make it soon.)

    Tom

    I've finally begun reading FA and I'm on episode 45. Great to be able to read it in big chunks. I think the story is just amazingly well written, it keeps pulling you in. And there just seems to be layer after layer. And I love post-apocalyptic/disaster stories, anyway. Great stuff.
    • CommentAuthorJeffreyL
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2011
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    Hi! Ive been lurking a little bit,mainly due to reading the blog(and grinding.be),and getting into the (downright amazing)comics as a result;thought I'd join.

    my name is Jeffrey,I'm a student and transhumanist dork(first implant,a small foray into RFID will be implanted in March,with a more involved sensory followup being done soon after; schedule willing.) from Ontario,Canada(by the city of Sarnia.)

    Ta da!

    have a great night. :)
    • CommentAuthorDavie
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2011
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    Hello! My name's Simon, or Davie depending on who you ask, and I'm an inhabitant of the great city of Portland, OR. I've been reading Freakangels for a few months now. I draw all the time, play video games some of the time, and drink pretentious espresso beverages while doing both of these things. I also produce a webcomic, which I almost never update despite having drawn quite a few pages of. Anyway, this is me.
    Myself.
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      CommentAuthorFrunobulax
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    After having been a fan of FA for the last seven or eight months and posted a handful of times on Whitechapel, I suppose it's about time I formalized my presence.

    My name's Ashley, I'm a pushing-40 cog in a large, soulless law firm, and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I like cats, jazz, classic cinema, and long walks on the beach. Here's what I look like when I've just butchered "Train in Vain" on karaoke night:

    Actually prefers Joe Strummer's output to Mick Jones'.
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    Me

    That's me right there, at the beach in Barcelona from when my family went there over Christmas. I'm Dashiell, from sunny central California (The weather is absolutely gorgeous at the moment, by the way. Just thought I'd rub that in). I'm a big fan of Mr. Ellis', and when I realized last night he's been doing a weekly comic completely free for the past several years, I hit myself over the head and read the whole thing straight through. As for me, I'm nearly out of high school and looking forward to getting out of the country for the next year or so.
    • CommentAuthorBasinBrat
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    I was once fully human. Then I fell down, banged my head on a library shelf and discovered comic books. Now I'm hooked. I think drugs would be cheaper.

    I'm Trish, I live in Wellington, New Zealand. I write columns for various cricket websites and chase round rugby players. I'm a Transmetropolitan geek, and appreciate Warren teach me all kind of new ways to swear at people.

    null

    This is me and my cousin before I got sick. I'm the redhead on the right.
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    Hi again, I'm Priscilla. I live in Texas and make art. I've said hello in previous intro threads, but not in awhile, and I think these are fun.

    I've been reading FA since near the beginning and I love this story SO much. FA was my intro to Warren's work and from there to a host of other interesting things :)

    Look, it's me in my pyjamas!
    Me in PJs
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      CommentAuthorTurnabout
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2011
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    I'm Dan. I live just south of Seattle in Washington State. Magic is my business. Well, actually, Dungeons & Dragons is my business, but close enough.

    I enjoy gaming, reading loads of novels, graphic and otherwise, and writing cryptically on message boards.

    I've been a fan of Warren's ever since one of his stints on HELLBLAZER. Since then I've gone back and read a lot more of his stuff, including TRANSMETROPOLITAN and NEWUNIVERSAL, and I'm glad to count myself as a fan.

    Here's a pic of me looking frighteningly emo in front of my house. It was just a bad day.

    Bad day, sometime late last year
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      CommentAuthorpjtaylor
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2011
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    from Hellblazer #63 ©1993 DC Comics
    from Hellblazer #63 ©1993 DC Comics.  I first read this when I was 22 years old.  Turning 40 sounded like the worst thing in the world.  My opinion has not changed.

    Hello, everyone.  I'm Paul Taylor.  No, I am not the Paul Taylor who writes and draws the very excellent Wapsi Square a mere 80 miles to my west.  Nor am I the modern dance choreographer, nor the saxophonist, the athlete, the murderer, or the moving company.  I'm the Paul Taylor who turns forty years old today and will likely die quite anonymously like tens of thousands of other Paul Taylors, my body becoming a petrified plank in the railroad track of history, carrying the train of humanity to the station where future generations can finally live as virtual immortals and never perish unlike the poor souls who have gone before.  You're welcome [spoiled brats].

    I posted to Ye Olde Warren Ellis Forum under the handle "Maxie Zeus," and I started the WEF Facebook group that was the source of some comedy for a couple of weeks.  I still have my Artbomb and Engine t-shirts, so I'm what you'd call a veteran.  Hell if my senior brain can recall what my account here used to be called before my cookies got cleared, so: starting over, fresh start, and all that other stuff people have been telling me today before I punch them in the teeth.  Go have a fresh start with your orthodontist, prick.

    All that is to say that I'm currently searching for a pen name.  I use pj.Taylor as a placeholder.

    I'm a photographer of modest abilities.  My Flickr is here, and I put my own favorite pieces here.  Otherwise, I was kicked out of art college after six years for having "no discernible talent," and I have thus spent the last fourteen years establishing a career getting the potholes filled.  As I say to the high school students I mentor, dreams are for suckers.

    (That's a joke, of course.)
    [Pause]
    (I'm legally prohibited from engaging minors.)

    I've been a fan of Warren's ever since I read the credits closely on his third issue of HELLSTORM and I realized that the title wasn't being written by Garth Ennis as I had originally thought the prior two months.

    I have a daughter who is seven years old, in first grade, and holds the rank of Warrant Officer in HALO: REACH.  She thinks she's cooler than I am, but I named her Lexica, so: good luck with that.

    I'm effectively a polygamist.  Answer to the top FAQ: it's everything you ever heard about marriage, multiplied.  It's why we usually end up engaging the authorities in armed conflict.

    All that, and this face, too:
    pj.Taylor
    • CommentAuthorDavie
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2011
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    Paul, that is the best introduction anyone has ever written for themselves. Specifically the first paragraph. Good stuff.
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      CommentAuthorpjtaylor
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2011
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    Thank you.  I should have mentioned that:  "I write opening paragraphs like a motherfucker."  A hundred projects begun, none completed.  Dozens of sketchbooks with only three pages filled in, stacks of two-page scripts tossed among the dog-eared copies of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and True Facts by Larry Young.

    My perspective on comics comes mainly from the retail end.  Among many of the careers I've had, both brief and chronic — stand-up comedian, credit card telemarketer, freelance women's footwear designer, boudoir photographer, perpetual college student — I managed one of your local comics stores on Cape Cod during that entertaining time in history referred to as the "Boom and Bust."  Almost exactly, in fact: one of my very first decisions was estimating how many copies of Youngblood #1 to order, and one of my final decisions was estimating how many white-polybagged copies of Superman #500 would need to be burnt to heat a small retail shop.  It turns out burning the polybags are toxic, and X-Men #1 was better suited for heating because of the extra pages in the fold-out cover.

    [Yes, youngster, no need to remove your white ear buds… you did hear me correctly.  Back in the days of the Pilgrims, a funny-looking/smelling man in a brick-and-mortar establishment would have to simply guess how many rubes would show up in two months' time and purchase a comic book there because it had its logo printed in gold ink, and weigh that against the increasing improbability that the issue in question would show up late or at all.  As opposed to today, where you take your AOL disks and your telephone or whatever and go and pull them off of DC++ by the gigglebits, vaguely aware that something you enjoy must, by definition, have some kind of "value."]

    To this day, I still say a little prayer for Richard Garfield for inventing "Magic: The Gathering" and keeping us all in business until we could find real jobs.
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      CommentAuthorTurnabout
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2011
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    Paul> I'll tell the guys at work you said that. They'll get a kick out of it. "M:tG saved my business!"
    • CommentAuthordanhill
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2011
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    I was going to go with the "I'm Dan" opener but I see that chestnut has already been used.

    I've lurked here on and off for a few years and popped my head above the parapet when Fraction was doing a Q&A here (last year I think?)

    However, with the demise of the Standard Attrition forum I'm looking for a new home.

    Here is a cropped picture of me pointing at my head (which hopefully won't be formatted to a ridiculous size, thus granting what will probably be the first in a long list of faux pas)

    Pointy
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    I'm Scott O. Brown.

    I've worked in the comics industry for over ten years as a writer, letterer, publisher, editor, and production manager. I used to publish a variety of books through my imprint, Cyberosia, won a few awards, lettered High Moon, Box 13, Cowboys & Aliens, and a few others. I've written a lot of comics, including Nightfall, Atlantis Rising--both in development at Aurora Pictures and Dreamworks respectively--and my current comics projects can be found here.

    I'm called a "Man of Comics," since I do have the uncanny ability to insert staples into my spine and place variant covers over my content.

    I just picked up Planetary Volume 4, and felt compelled to pop on over. Nice to see you all, old and new.
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      CommentAuthorAmpersand
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2011
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    I'm Robyn.

    I'm a professional horse trainer and horseback riding coach. I've done about a year and a half of University for English before I realized that I hated school and classrooms and couldn't survive another year. I enjoy shooting just about anything - my dad's .22, my traditional bow and arrows, pellet gun etc., and I ride horses competitively at the National and International levels.
    To make up for my lack of Nerdiness (yes, I see a lack of it as a BAD thing), I am a huge English geek - anything to do with grammar, evolution of words, or vocabulary is awesome in my books. I also am in love with Magic: The Gathering, and have 2 complete decks, plus 3 decks in progress, though no deck is truly finished. When I get the time, I spend it all playing MMORPGS such as Diablo 2 (yes, I still like it) and Ragnarok Online.

    Nice to meet everyone!
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      CommentAuthorPeteFord
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2011 edited
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    Hi, I'm Pete. New here; joined 'cause of a tweet of Mr Ellis'. I live in Manchester in what the police call a hotbed of crime, but it's alright really. I get to see bands and such. I like writing, but if pressed on my occupation I'll usually answer "just some shitty office stuff at XXXXXXX" or "unemployed", depending when in recent history I'm being asked. My ideal career would be some sort of hipster viking solving mysteries in a muscle car, but it never comes up in a jobsearch so I decided I'd give writing a go. I see there's a lot of other people like that about here, though much more successful than me.

    Not been at it long. Interested in what others might think. I've only really had good feedback so far, which naturally I find suspicious. It's here if anyone's interested: peteford.org.

    Here's a picture, resplendent with a moustache and the bizarre iconography my laptop imposes on me.



    Here's a picture of how I'd be if I was an astronaut.



    Edit: Oh yeah. Loved Transmetropolitan. Loved it hard and in bad ways, and forced others to do the same.
    • CommentAuthor1machine
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2011
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    Name's Jon. I was introduced to Mr. Ellis via Doktor Sleepless, which a friend loaned to me as they became available. I peruse the blog occasionally (particularly the Guest Informant articles of late), and follow Twitter regularly.

    This is me with a snowman I made:

    A snowman and I. We were friends. He melted (my heart).