We haven't done a "Sharing Day" in a while due to Friday Night Fights, and since I really enjoy getting to hear from all of you, I think it's about time we got back to it. Ordinarily I'd do that on Friday and our RPG adventure installment today, but since there's a chance I'll be away from the computer most of the day tomorrow I'm switching things around a bit.
Here's the deal:
You can ask me any question you like about whatever you like, which I will answer either completely truthfully or not at all (in which case you can ask something else). I say that because, come on, there are some things no one should have to know!
But you can only do so if you answer the following question about yourself:
What fictional character (from any media and genre) do you think you are most like?
I am going to go way out in left field for this one, and say I'm most like Robert Townsend's main character Bobby Taylor from the epic 1987 film "Hollywood Shuffle". Like Bobby, I daydream a lot and imagine crazy scenarios. I make up voices as I drive on the highway, I imagine nutty stuff happening while I'm on line at the bank, and reality constantly froths around me with possibilities. And irony, with a side of sarcasm. But at the end of the day, I can work at the Post Office and be happy, too.
Now it's your turn! Picking just one character from any movie, book, comic, TV show, or what have you is a challenge because it's so broad, but I think it'll be interesting to see what you go with. Thanks in advance for sharing!
My question: What’s one movie you can’t watch too many times? I’m talking about a desert-island worthy movie.
My answer: I’d say I’m most like that nervous guy Humphrey Bogart didn’t think enough of to hate in Casablanca. I’m not a criminal or anything, I’m just weird-looking and anxious. But, man, do I wish I was Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China.
TheNate: I’d say probably … hmm …. “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.
I think I am probably a girl version of Tim Drake (Robin/ Red Robin). I am a geek (ask anyone), good with computers (currently in both Post-AP Computer science as a Junior in high school and the head programmer on my schools robotics team), athletic (I go on a lot of cycling tours), and all of my relationships consist of complete confusion and mixed signals.
I also wish I could compare myself to a Doctor Who character, but the only one who is even somewhat like me is the Doctor himself, and I don’t think I’m that awesome 🙁
Now my question: Jeff, if you had to dress up as someone for San Diego Comic Con, who would it be?
Zaheelee: That’s a good question! I’d probably do something utterly random and go as Geoff the gay skeleton robot from the Craig Ferguson show. I’ve been hooked on that lately and I do a pretty good impression. I might have to shave the goatee for that, though, since not a lot of gay skeleton robots have facial hair.
I would have to say that I characterize myself as very similar to a Jean Grey/Marvel Girl type of personality. I have a very strong personality that borders on feminism. However, I also understand the need for compromise. I have a bit of a flair for the dramatic (female, after all) and am as stubborn as a brick wall. I’m very intelligent and I use what I have to my advantage.
Now, as to my question, Jeff: aside from World of Warcraft, are there other online games that you play?
Jessica: Since up until recently my internet connection (satellite) was not usable for online gaming, thus far WoW is it. In the past, though, my other big MMO addiction was a text-only game called “DragonRealms”. It’s more of an old-school MUD than anything, but heavier on storytelling and pretty darn fun. Otherwise, if “Word With Friends” counts, that was the other biggie.
Jeff, do you like robot chicken? Some of the shows on Adult Swim on cartoon network are pretty funny. I feel I am most like Dead Pool, I have a huge sarcasm gland that acts up but my wife keeps it in check with her super power of back of the head slapping. I was a soldier and had my fair share of killing and have a twisted mind. My Facebook profile has Dead Pool on it. Well the people that know me well enough understand.
TOOL, I haven’t ever seen robot chicken or most of the Adult Swim shows, to be honest with you. Sadly most of my TV time is taken with either the NFL or competition reality shows like Top Chef.
Hmm, this is a very tough question. I could somewhat accurately describe myself as an amalgamation between many different characters, of course, but that wouldn’t be any fun. So I’m going to go with Xander from Buffy. I try to be a nice guy and help people out, I can hardly resist making jokes when the opportunity arises, and I even have an unusual middle name. I could make a joke here about dating demons, harpies and other monsters, but that would just be mean.
So, Jeff, completely random question – what is the best birthday present you’ve ever gotten?
Cool question! Well, I think I am somebody like Usopp and Brook from One Piece anime. Definitely.
My question is, Jeff, what do you think about hyper-realistic way of showing superheroes, like in first seasons of Smallville – without super-costumes and other stuff?
Panner: Wow, my memory is so bad, I’m going to have a very hard time remembering ANY presents I’ve gotten, much less a “best” one. Umm …. umm … This is pathetic … You know, for the life of me I honestly cannot remember a single birthday present I have gotten. Not because I haven’t ever gotten any, but because my brain is that weird. Anything that happened more than two weeks ago is lost in the fumes of time.
Sorry man, I got nothin’ on this 🙁
Malfar: I think those are perfectly legitimate ways to tell superhero stories. The genre’s a lot deeper and broader than most people want to give it credit for, in my opinion, and I’m always glad to see something new done with it. Having said that, I don’t actually WATCH any of those shows, but you know, in theory, they’re neat.
Answer: I think I’d consider myself a combination of Corey from Boy Meets World and ducky from Pretty in Pink
My question: Who is your favorite obscure comicbook character? For example mine is The Question from DC
Maniacmick: I’ll go with Robot from the “Invincible” comics. I don’t want to spoil his schtick for those of you who haven’t followed it yet, but I really like his story arc and history.
Have you ever considered writing your own comic or creating a new set of heroes? If so, how far did you get in the process, or is it a work in progress?
I’m sort of an amalgamation of 3 different characters. 1) Deadpool (jokes, off the wall comments and crazy ideas) 2) Tony DiNozzo from NCIS (movie knowledge, flirtatious personality and vanity) 3) Kyle Rayner (strong-willed, artistic side, strong sense of loyalty and also, a good bit Irish). Lately I also seem to have Domino/Longshot’s amazing luck, which sort of helps out in a few areas.
McKnight57: The furthest along I got was a sci-fi comic. It got as far as character designs and a basic story outline, along with very rough sketchs of the first page or two, but no further.
Answer: Wow…definitely a tough question. One which requires a strange answer, I think. I’ll go with Fone Bone from Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone’. Honest. Means well. Sometimes gets caught up in things bigger than himself.
As for my question: What are your top three comics of all time? (Or at least your single favorite?)
Jeff: Seeing now that you’re a Craig Ferguson/Geoff Peterson fan, have you seen the show this week and the various voices Geoff has had?
This leads me to another question: If you were asked to host the show for a night, who would you invite as your 2 guests?
I can answer the question as well, if you’d like.
I have to go with Storm Shadow from G.I.Joe, I tend to stand behind and to the side of whoever the leader is, and prefer to think things through.
As for you, Jeff, what was the first game, virtual, board, or card, that you ever played? And sorry if it’s been asked, it’s hard to keep up with everyone.
Ghenmor: Do you mean, individual issues? I’m going with some off-beat ones just to shake things up. The issue of Invincible where you learn about The Big Lie he’s been told his whole life. This random issue of Superman where he and Green Lantern fight some weird potato looking alien in another dimension. The alien steals GL’s ring and lures Superman in to finish him off, whereupon Supes just flat out punches right through the energy field like it’s not even there. Hal is dumbfounded. And finally, another random issue of Captain America where he gives this great speech about how the flag isn’t America, it’s the ideals BEHIND the flag. A flag’s just a piece of cloth.
Now THOSE are three random issues!
McKnight57: Everyone is always welcome to answer any of these they like! That’s the beauty of Sharing Day. Now I have a little tear in my eye, sniffle.
My two guests would be … let’s see … Adam Savage from “Mythbusters” and … Howard Stern.
Captain Kicktar: This is really going to date me, but it was actually Pong on the original Atari game system. We had the paddles and everything. When you’ve got six competitive brothers and sisters, even Pong rocks your world.
@Jeff, ok then what team do you like? I love the NE Patriots, been watching since I was young.
I really wish I was old enough to have lived through that age of the gaming world.
@Captain Kicktar – no you don’t. Trust me, for every Asteroids or Yars Revenge there was a Warplock or ET: The Video Game. The Pac-Man Atari 2600 port alone ruined some childhoods.
As in any art, only the classic video games are remembered, because we’ve all blocked paying $20-40 for crappy games from our memories.
TOOL, the teams I like the most are the Saints (grew up in Louisiana), the Cowboys (lived in Texas for 20 years), and the Chargers. Because they have cool helmets.
I kid you not.
Jeff: In that case, mine would be … Jim Lee (because I’m a fan of WildC.A.T.s and the new DC) and … and Cote de Pablo from NCIS (because, c’mon do I really need to explain?)
I think I asked a similar question on, as luck would have it, the last Sharing Day so many weeks ago. And my answer hasn’t changed. I’m most like Nitz Walsh from the 2001 animated series Undergrads. At least, this time around, I brought links.
Like Nitz, I tend toward the geeky side, but not to the extreme. I absolutely love Star Wars, and idolize Han Solo. I can be awkward and tongue-tied around women I’m attracted to (it took me some work before I was relaxed around my fiancee). And I still have no idea what I’m doing with my life.
You know what, I’m going to come out and ask it. Any big Veteran’s Day plans? Or would you rather not say?
Myro: No big plans at all, unfortunately. You?
Tool (23): In answer to the question, my teams are the Atlanta Falcons (born in Georgia) and Tennessee Titans (was at their first and only Super Bowl.) I’m more a fan of college football though.
And yet, Jeff, you said you’d be away from the computer tomorrow. That’s why I asked.
Sadly, I need to work. People still need to eat tomorrow. I don’t expect much business, but that doesn’t mean I can get out of going to work.
Myro: Ah, gotcha. We’re going to learn how to ski tomorrow, but it’s not really a Veteran’s Day kind of thing. I’ll make up the time over the weekend since my schedule’s more flexible than most.
I can’t say if there are any other characters I’m more like, but I often feel like the unnamed man from the “Shoot the Shaggy Dog” short story (don’t know if that’s the actual title). C&P’d from TVTropes.com:
“Once upon a time, a man decided to climb a mountain. He took a nasty fall, badly bruising himself, and landed in the woods next to a very shaggy dog. Despite his injuries, he limped back to his house, where he left the dog, then to the nearest hospital, where he got some x-rays. When he got home, the dog looked hungry, so he made a steak just for the dog, and turned on the television. He was just about to call the pound when he heard that a wealthy couple, on vacation in the vicinity, had lost a very shaggy dog, and were offering a very large sum for his return. He bought a plane ticket, but fell short on funds. Being a thrifty man, never wanting to live in debt, he sold a chair from his house to pay for the ticket. When he got on the plane, he found that he couldn’t take the dog without preparations; the airline, however, was willing to transfer his ticket for a nominal fee. He was forced to pay this fee, and the veterinarian’s bills, with a credit card, which irked him even though he knew the reward would offset it. Then he flew to the city in question, but since he was only twenty-four, had to walk ten miles through the woods, going in the general direction of the manor. When he arrived, he found he had missed the front gate entirely. He walked directly up to the door with the dog and rang the bell… when he and the dog were shot dead by a guard.”
Basically I’m a man with good intentions and a tragic lack of success.
Anyway, my question: Since Posemaniacs turned out to be not-so-great of a source of reference pictures (remember the issue with the arms?), I was wondering if you knew of any better sources, preferably free and online.
Jadebrain: I use the hand modeler on Posemaniacs a LOT (http://www.posemaniacs.com/tools/handviewer/).
Also, this http://www.photo-reference-for-comic-artists.com/?id=3.
Otherwise I just use Google Image search to find the angle or whatnot I need — usually it’s just for spot checking to make sure an arm is in the right perspective or something. I got a couple of great CD collections via Amazon full of in-the-round photos specifically for comics creators using professional models. Good stuff there, but of course that’s not free.
This is a really tough question. I’d want to say I’m some sort of snarky badass, but I know I’m not.
Overall, I’d say I’m no one character. I have the movie trivia of Remington Steele, some of the annoying smartness of Adric, and the occasional good wit and basic personality of Peter Parker. Basically, I’m a nice guy who knows way too much who also can get a bit rambley.
My question to you Jeff is what is the worst costume you’ve ever seen. You list one every week, and I’m curious which one is the one you despise the most.
Q: Jeff, if Myro, McKnight, or any one of us made a name for ourselves in comics, and we asked you to provide artwork for one of our stories– would you feel more comfortable with providing a cover or an entire issue(s)?
A: Ultimate Captain America. Like Capt. Rogers, I was once out-of-shape and bullied, and like him, it served (…though not as the MAIN reason) to spur me to want to join the Army because we wanted to protect those oppressed, bullied, and afflicted little guys from the tyranny of wicked men/governments.
Joshua: I could probably manage a cover, but I’m not nearly well-rounded enough to do a whole issue. That requires a raft of skills I just don’t have. Unfortunately.
Vampyrist: Worst Costume Ever? I think I’d have to go to a Lifetime Achievement Award for Wonder Man, who’s had horrible costumes in many variations over a wide range of years.
Joshua: I was just thinking about asking someone to do a comic commission for me, so thanks for setting up the question.
So with that being said, who on here has enough faith in their artistic abilities to attempt a 20 page comic? I have the sipt fully written, but if you’d like payment, I can only afford so much. If anyone’s interested we can work out a price per page, or set of pages. If you’re interested, just post on the blog: http://herocorps.blogspot.com/
I’m so burned out from work. So, I have to say that I am most like Pilot from Farscape. People depend on me to move things from my interior chamber. For all my “travelling,” I’m going nowhere.
I see and understand things that bore other people. Yet the same insight is how I get things done. The only time that I’m ever part of the action is when it threatens my existence (well, job, anyway).
There are calm moments when I go about my routine with a sense of peace and accomplishment. Just not enough of them. :/
@Jeff: Have fun skiing. No question since it’s so late.
These days, I feel like Marvin, of Douglas Adams fame. It’s shaping up to be one of those centuries.
Now that you’ve been here a little while, still enjoying Colorado? Granted, we won’t hold you to anything until you’ve had a heavy fire season.
While I’m thinking about it, Hastings in Farmington is actually carrying comics now. Nothing like the selection you’d get in a dedicated shop, but better than nothing. They even have a small set of back issue bins.
Q:Is their way where the menu bar remains on while moving stuff/adding in wide mode in heromachine 3?
and is their a day where we heromachine users can submit ideas for items to add to heromachine 3 ?
A:i couldn’t think of one fictional character that is mostly like me!
kyle: No, there is no way currently to retain menus in wide mode. And there was a huge chance to submit ideas to hm3 a few weeks ago when we put together the list of Replacement Prize items, which everyone had a chance to contribute to and vote on.
My Answer: I think I’m most like Starkiller’s Clone from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. I have a huge temper, I’m impatient, and I’m not sure of who I am just yet.
My Question: What is your best creation here on Hero Machine? Or, what is your favorite that you created? The Hero Machine itself does not count.
Debochira: It’s vanishingly rare that I make characters using HM. As in, I think maybe total I’ve only ever made two that were anything more than just a quick and dirty way to test out a new item or feature and neither was anything special. I just … I mean, I drew all the items, you know, so if I want a sketch of a character, I just sketch it. It would be a little awkward for me to use drawings I already made to make a new drawing, like it’s an extra bunch of steps.
Am I allowed to ask another question? And if so, does that question count as the question? Is this like an In-Question-Ception Question, with a question inside a question? Am I really active due to sugar? Definitely.
You have about five minutes before I go to bed, so let ‘er rip 🙂
Riddle me this Mister Herbert? The being I am like is a smooth-talking yet quirky gentleman with an ego and a certain Question Mark Motif. I am insane, but my sanity doesn’t stop me from doing what I love… Technology is my guiding instrument, and riddles and games are what come from it.
Now for my Riddle to you…. I would prefer you’d figure it out on your own, without the aid of any other member or the internet to guide you.
“I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?”
If you could add any ONE item to Hero Machine, with no concern as to copyright or space issues, what would it be?
Darth_Neko: That would be the letter “e” 🙂
Debochira: Hmm … I would probably have to say the Batman cowl. That thing’s awesome.
I would have guessed The Force…
I’m gonna go with a teenage Peter Parker. I’m smart, pretty awkward in a lot of social situations, I have a strong sense of right and wrong, and I always try to use humor to lighten the mood. And, you know, I also swing through the city in my pjs sometimes, but shhhh…
Jeff, who’s your least favorite comic writer or artist?
remy (53): I can answer that for you since Jeff’s most likely off to dream land. The artist most loathed by our “fearless” leader is Rob Liefeld. As for the writer, you’re on your own there.
CURSES!!! My Riddle is foiled by the Bald Avenger!! I knew I should’ve chosen the other one! Oh well, I am The Riddler…
And Remy, I think we all know who Jeff hates the most… And even though he created the awesome Deadpool, he sucks… BALLS. Huge ones, at that.
@McKnight57 Um… When did we have a ‘fearless’ leader? o.O
My answer: I am the most like…well I know that you haven’t heard of him yet but I am the most like Lancelot from THE EXILES.
My question: What would your name be if you were a drag queen?
Darh_neko (56): It was a comical reference to Jeff being the moderator of Hero Machine. The other option was “our incontinent hero” but I was trying to be more sensitive.
Okay, here’s my (probably not) last question. Sorry to bog you down with these, but they keep popping into my head. If there was one item you wish you could remove from Hero Machine for whatever reason (doesn’t look good, issues with masking, etc), what would it be and why haven’t you deleted it?
Ah man, can we still do the usual ‘Hail Heromachine’ chants, and keep Poker Nights on Fridays? lol 😛
@Jeff(51): Something like this?
Debochira: It’s usually just one question per person, but it was slow yesterday so no worries. I’d actually remove all the shoes and redraw them and the feet more head-on. I haven’t yet because it would take months.
Exile: My name would be Exile. :-p
McKnight57 is correct, that would be Mister Robert Liefeld.
Sadly, I’d have to say I’m most like Paul Blart: Mall Cop. I work Hospital Security, but I’ve been accepted to the local police academy, so hopefully before too long I can claim the high honor of being most like Chief Clancy Wiggum from the Simpsons.
That aside, I must ask, what is your favorite breed of dog (or cat, or reptile if you’re so inclined)? I suppose I should ask what your favorite housepet is.
Joe: At the moment, our favorite breed is Border Collie (we have two). They’re the smartest animals I’ve been around — smarter than me, sometimes. Great dogs, though you should definitely be an active person with either a lot of room at your place or access to a big park so they can run.
And that’s the end of this Sharing Day, thanks for playing along!
I reckon I’m most like Col. Cotton Hill from “King of the Hill”. I’m crotchety and grumpy, although I can be darned fun. I know plenty about WWII and WWII accessories. The biggest difference is that I don’t have Cotton’s views about women, though I do have a grudge against the Imperial Japanese Military, and I haven’t killed fi’ty men.
I would say I am most like Elliot Salem from the Army of Two videogames not to say I am a muscular Mercenary, but I am a very outgoing individual. So Jeff I remember some time way back that dblade made a Rocketeer helmet for one of the Custom Items Posts and I was wondering if and when that item would be incoperated into HM3?