Though I’m not one of the guys who idealizes the days of childhood, I nonetheless have some fond memories of lying about reading comics (or, later, some heavy-duty science fiction novels stolen from my stepbrother’s bookshelves) to while away the occasional weekend afternoon.  I clearly remember a fall day when I sat down to read Fleischer and Aparo’s ‘Wrath Of The Spectre’ for the first time (totally blown away, I might add), as well as an afternoon spent sitting, for some reason, in freezing temperatures inside my unheated truck enjoying Stephen King’s ‘The Bachman Books.’  Why I was sitting in a parked truck, I don’t recall, but since young teenage me was kind of a jackwagon, I’m sure it had something to do with trying to either look cool or impress a girl.  Either way, with three jobs, those sort of aimless, quiet moments are pretty much a thing of the past, something that is sad and not-so-much at the same time.  The idea of just sitting down to absorb some new book or VHS tape seems like a long-lost luxury these days, which begs a (somewhat nostalgic, but hopefully not bitter about it) query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is usually @$$-deep in vintage comics these days, having worked Sundays for the last eight years, asking: What’s your preferred brand of pop culture for a hypothetical lazy afternoon?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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5 Comments

  1. Oldcomicfan
    June 30, 2013 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Back when I lived in a town with a comic book store, it was spending the afternoon with a pile of unread comics. These days it’s spending the afternoon with a good book and a cat in my lap.

  2. Voldare
    June 30, 2013 at 11:54 am — Reply

    Almost always a book… But the occasional marathon session of WoW will creep in there… And right now I’m watching Battlestar Galactica for the first time… So I could see myself getting lost in a season of that! But mostly when you say “lazy” I think of books…. Comic, print or of the “e” variety. ((Today is a lazy day with Redshirts… And later a viewing of Monsters University))

  3. June 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    Watching a marathon of subtitled Super Sentai (or occasionally Kamen Rider), be it watching a specific series or watching just the “movies”.

    Alternately, reading. Earlier today I went through half of a new Star Wars novel, and I’ve got a non-fiction book about the parallels between various cultures mythology to read after that.

  4. June 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    Using my dog as a footrest and reading. Pretty much a one-way ticket to spending three hours sleeping on the couch.

  5. Hannah
    July 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    I like to curl up and read Neil Gaiman or Douglas Adams, I don’t care too much which book. Sometimes I’ll even go to a coffee shop and get some caffeine and a pastry to enjoy while I read.

    I also am the one prone to binge playing favourite video-games and impromptu marathons of Doctor Who, Star Trek, or Arrested Development.

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