Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: The Upside To Downtime Edition


It’s not so prevalent in today’s comic books (Iron Man has two super-teams on different sides of the galaxy, after all, and Batman appears in nine monthly books), but one of my favorite highlights of four-color days of yore was the inevitable “downtime” issue, where we’d spend some time with our heroes while they did things NOT related to their never-ending battle for the blah blah blah fishcakes.  Granted, the pacing of today’s media doesn’t really allow for that (especially after Jack Bauer managed to go a full day without once eating or using the bathroom) but it was always nice to watch the X-Men play softball in the yard, or see Vibe and Steel hanging out on the streets of Detroit.  These days, expectation seems to be that we get only the peaks in our entertainment, without seeing any momentum-losing valleys, and only presuming what might happen when our imaginary friends are between battles or relaxing with their friends.  Luckily for us (what with the endless crises of Brian Bendis, the sudden-death impalements of Joss Whedon and the various unthinkable torments of Warren Ellis), we aren’t fictional characters, and get to enjoy a little downtime now and then, which begs a query…

Your MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is often seen gallivanting and carousing through the street of Brazil circa 1963, thanks to a time machine I accidentally invented out of Velveeta, a squeeze-bottle of marshmallow ice cream topping and a Nintendo 64, asking: When you aren’t reading comics or playing video games, what other hobbies do you enjoy?