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?

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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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  1. September 4, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    Making costumes. I’m always looking for things that can be used at yard sales and Goodwill since I don’t have the funds to get the best of everything.

    I also like reading books, writing (some original stuff, occasional RP backstories, even a fanfic or two just to do something different) and rearranging my shelves full of toys and collectibles (I rotate what is displayed every so often).

    I also like spending time with my friend’s kids. One of them always makes up the funniest reasons for why things exist, such as telling me in great detail that cartoons are a historical record of a time before humans came along, and over time the world began to change to look less like a cartoon and more like it looks now.

    • September 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm — Reply

      That cartoon theory is haunting, and beyond cool. Gives me shivers.

      • Gary
        September 5, 2013 at 4:24 am — Reply


  2. Hannah Jones
    September 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Tabletop games like Warhammer, Pathfinder, and WoD. I also like to doodle things and read. I do a lot of reading actually

  3. September 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    I love listening to and creating music. One of my true passions.

  4. Ingrid
    September 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    Reading, some writing, judging Magic event, knitting, spinning, gardening, belly dancing, D&D.

    And don’t forget – whining about how I never have enough time to do stuff!

  5. September 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm — Reply

    I do a lot of walking/hiking, take a lot of little day trips, hang out by a campfire (weather permitting)

  6. Oldcomicfan
    September 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm — Reply

    reading books, creative writing, teasing the cats, model railroading, taking naps, watch old movie.

  7. Gary
    September 5, 2013 at 4:27 am — Reply

    I have so little free time, but it’s tending the vege garden, brewing beer, reading all while hanging with the wife : )

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