About Me

The author originally hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico, a small city located in the Mesilla-Hatch valley and best noted (when noted at all) for its distinctive local cuisine. (Recommended restaurants, if you’re ever in town: El Comedor, La Casita, Nellie’s Cafe, Nopalitos, and Roberto's.) Except for a few temporary decampments to Texas, he spent the bulk of his life in that city, where he attended New Mexico State University, earning bachelors degrees in philosophy and English. He did graduate work in philosophy at Duke University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1998 with a specialty in "core" areas: metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of language. His quest for full-time academic employment (a difficult proposition in his chosen field) led only to various adjunct and part-time positions. He is currently a copyeditor at Saxon Publishers, Inc., and editor-in-chief of Toon Zone News. He also maintains The Scooby-Doo Case Files at Toon Zone.

Besides Batman (and cartoons in general), his interests and hobbies include watching movies (with a special love for the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, and Joel & Ethan Coen); reading nineteenth century European history (especially the history of Wilhelmine Germany); and playing Civilization 3 on the computer and Settlers of Catan with friends. Foremost among his more-or-less creative endeavors: a series of interactive, improvisational murder mystery party games co-written with college buddy Kurt Depner. Those produced in the community (to something resembling acclaim): The Musical Murders of 1929; Fatal Liaisons; and The Curse of Yog-Sothoth, the Thing That Should Not Be (Except Under Unusual Circumstances And Then It’s Okay).

On-line, he can be contacted here or at the World’s Finest message boards at Toon Zone, where he posts under the name of "Maxie Zeus." Feedback is welcomed and encouraged. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Toon Zone News.


Favorite Movies:
Amadeus, Beat the Devil, The Big Lebowski, The Big Sleep, The Birds, Bringing Up Baby, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Colorado Territory, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Harvey, His Girl Friday, I Was a Male War Bride, Local Hero, The Madness of King George, Marnie, Miller’s Crossing, North by Northwest, O Brother Where Art Thou? The Palm Beach Story, The Philadelphia Story, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Psycho, Rear Window, Red River, Rio Bravo, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Wars, The Truman Show, Sweet Smell of Success, Unforgiven, Vertigo.

Favorite TV Shows:
Batman, Cheers, Columbo, The Dick van Dyke Show, Frasier, Gilligan’s Island, I Love Lucy, The Larry Sanders Show, Law & Order, Magnum P.I., The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Remington Steele, SCTV, Star Trek, WKRP in Cincinnati.

Favorite Animated Shows:
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Batman: The Animated Series, Dudley Do-Right, Freakazoid!, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, The Powerpuff Girls, Ren & Stimpy (the John K. years), Rocky & Bullwinkle, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, Sealab 2021, The Simpsons, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Spongebob Squarepants, Teen Titans, The Venture Brothers.

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