I’d like to take a moment to tell you who I am.
You might think that’s odd, especially for those who’ve followed me since the beginning four years ago. “We know who you are – you write those comic reviews every week and flood our Facebooks feeds with stuff on a Sunday.” Those who know me in person might take it a bit further, and know I’m also the guy doing a doctorate in cultural studies by talking about Batman.
But if you took the portfolio of my work on this website – easily the most concentrated collection of my writing efforts anywhere on the internet – and tried to discern my identity as a person just from what’s on the written page, you’d come up short. Rather than a person with, y’know, personality, you’d just see a bunch of stuff about how much I do and don’t like certain comics, along with the occasional rail against stupid Glee plots and how much I wish fantasy novels would lose some weight. A few white-hot opinions on things do not a person make.
The Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages for the Writer’s Multiverse are even worse; the first only occasionally and sporadically features posts from me as a person rather than just a disgorgement of reviews I’ve written, the second doesn’t even attempt that, and the third is Tumblr. It’s content lacking in a soul, lacking in being fuelled by the person who creates it. The best authors don’t just tell you when their books are coming out, they also let you know how their days are going, what they’re up to next weekend, and why they thought the most recent episode of Game of Thrones shouldn’t have strayed so far from the novels. Great YouTube channels like TomSka and CinemaSins use their Twitters for stuff other than just posting of videos.
Call me slow on the uptake, but I feel like I haven’t really done right by my readers (thusly dubbed with the dubious moniker of “ComeRades”) if I hope to achieve something more than just being a mouth with which to vomit forth “yay or nay”s on comic books and the week’s geek news. I need to show that I’m a person who’s creating all this content, because otherwise – for all you know – I could be a robot designed to mimic basic human writing skills in an attempt to get hits on my website’s stat counter for a nebulous alien invasion force that relies on robot hit-counter cultivation in its plans for a beachhead. Or something.
So consider this a soft reset. I’m gonna try harder from now on to inflect the person making this stuff within the stuff the person makes. That doesn’t mean I’m about to turn any part of this site into a glorified LiveJournal, nor am I going to spend each week bitching about things or lamenting my lack of current publication. I’m going to show you the person, all 3+ sides and dimensions. I’m going to be more than just a website with a stupid fan nickname on it.
Ok, let’s start again.
Hi. My name’s Chris. Here’s a photo I took today where I kinda look like a walrus.
I’m 24 years old, at time of writing. I like to make jokes about how I’m Jack Bauer because of that, but because nobody in their right mind would find that funny unless someone like Patton Oswalt delivered it, it doesn’t get many laughs. Or any. At all.
I’m a writer (duh) who likes comics (double duh).
I’m in my second year of a PhD about Batman. Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.
I live in Australia, close to Sydney. Contrary to what was originally on my Facebook profile, I do not live in Gotham, Wisconsin.
I’m a fan of science fiction, cheesecake, autumn, Joe Abercrombie, Attack on Titan and sleep-ins on Saturdays, among other things.
I hope to one day be a published fiction author with some mildly successful sci-fi and possibly a romantic comedy about gods losing their powers.
I will be a published non-fiction author when the academic book Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and the Law is released in February 2015 by Routledge. If you look at the ‘Contents’ tab of that link, you’ll see my name on a chapter. It’s pretty neat.
I define myself as an Unorthodox Christian (meaning I cherry-pick the bits I like from the Bible) and a Centre-Left political leaner. I also reckon, despite what others think, that Barack Obama is pretty alright.
I’ll talk about anything with anyone, as long as it doesn’t involve the Kardashians, Tony Abbott, 9/11 conspiracies or the Westboro Baptist Church. Or if you do want to talk about those, expect an Author Tract to ensue.
As well as here, I also write for a kickass website called Geek of Oz. The stuff I scribe there makes much more sense than what I scribble here. Seriously.
And finally, as I continue writing all these things and throw them at your faces each week, I’m going to try harder to be more of a person than a mouth-vomit-thing. I’m going to use those aforementioned social media thingys (which you should totally follow/like where applicable) to put more of myself in-between the gaps of posts. Just to make it a bit more interesting, and to show that I’m presenting myself as well as my work; coz really, why the hell should you look at my stuff without knowing who I am?
So thanks for letting me take a moment to tell you who I am. Also, save the whales.