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2015: The Paul Awakens

You’re not going to believe this, but I felt that Facebook’s “Your Year In Review” did not present me with an adequate representation of my year’s experiences that I wanted to share with everyone. “Paul, it’s for fun. Its not supposed to be accurate.” “Paul, it’s a free social media platform, what more do you […]

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Runnerversary

Its about the good pain. The pain that feels like accomplishment instead of weariness. Its about the hunger. The appetite that arises from the damn near absolute expenditure of energy rather than boredom or routine. Its about the loss of control. The feeling of overwhelming, physical, emotions that take me to the verge of both tears […]

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Say Hello To The Bad Guy…

When talking about comics with people that aren’t into comics a book that comes up a lot is Sandman. Sandman is, in my experience, the most recommended book to people who don’t like comics, haven’t read a comic, don’t take comic books seriously, or think comics are ____________ (insert sweeping generalization). It’s a great comic, […]

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I Haven’t Changed All That Much

I wrote this in 2009 for some sort of Facebook chain letter type thing where I had to type in 25 things about me. 2009 Paul isn’t too different from 2014 Paul. I was probably a little smarter back then, but on the plus side, I HAVE seen Saving Private Ryan since writing this, so…accomplishment! […]

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That’s Okay With Me

There’s a misconception that The Simpsons and Family Guy are alike because they reference things. In fact, these days, nearly any show/movie/comic book that references another piece of work risks being labeled as Family Guy-style. Or is explained as “You know, like Family Guy.” Worse yet, someone pulls out “Family Guy-esque.” Yeah, you took a […]

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2013

Prior to this year I hadn’t participated in any real physical activity since 1998. That’s the last year I played soccer, and it was followed by four years of doing the bare minimum in gym class, and many years of sitting on the couch and not going to the gym. You could count how many […]

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Andy Rooney, The Living Planet!

The years spent on 60 Minutes hadn’t been enough. If only he had the full sixty minutes to himself. Andy Rooney silently cursed Mike Wallace. People just didn’t understand how things used to be. They didn’t understand how awful things were. He needed to take action. He stripped naked. It wasn’t hard, considering he was […]

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The Shy Trivia Night Host

An ode to to the anonymous trivia host at Sunswick’s “Trivia Night” “Oh God.” He covered his mouth. Did he say that out loud? Did they hear or see him? He darted back into the men’s room and vomited, just barely making it to a toilet. The group was there again. For trivia night. The […]

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BAM! POW! Batman: Not Just For Depressed People With Vigilante Fantasies Anymore!

Every now and then the media gets a wild hair up their ass and decides they should do a report on comics and how they’re edgy. And violent. And…not just for kids anymore! Pop culture writers have been doing this during most of my 29 years on this earth, and whenever they do so, they […]

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Soup R. Man: My Favorite Superman Comics

As I’ve written on here before, people are dismissive of comic books. But they’re REALLY dismissive of Superman. He’s corny. He’s old. He’s a “boy scout” (often said with a sneer). He has too many powers. There’s all sorts of excuses for why people don’t enjoy Superman, or wouldn’t read a Superman comic, but the fact is…most of […]