Before we get started, I should mention that I’m Dave Rine. In addition to writing and drawing the webcomics ‘Welcome to Kafco” and Punx Against Punx, I also write short stories, illustrate them, and publish them as comic books. I am the author of Johnny Too-Bad Kills a Vampire, 99 Problems, Planet of the Skate, and have just finished the first issue of Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle A, a graphic novel series that looks at labor history, in the spirit of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Instead of the kind of bio where I tell you what college i dropped out of, I thought I’d let people get to know me the way our ancestors would have: with a classic MySpace survey.
Song that always makes you sad?
My favorite sad song is Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. It was a huge hit when i was about three years old, so it touches me inside and reminds me of what a depressive, nuerotic toddler i was.
Last thing you bought?
A dozen eggs. If i had known I’d be doing a MySpace survey tonight I woulda run down to the record archive and picked up a copy of The Harder They Come on vinyl, but I’m stuck with that boring egg thing.
Last person you argued with?
Obviously, the one who has been kindest to me, and least deserves a lot of bullshit.
Do you put Butter before putting the peanut butter on?
Is this a real thing? Ok, I admit, sometimes I put butter on my bagel and then put cream cheese on top of that. Ok, i do that every time i have cream cheese.
One of your stuffed animals’ names as a kid?
I had a bear called Cuddles that I lugged around for about two years after i was already too old to play with stuffed animals. So far this survey has done a great job of demonstrating how emotionally disturbed I was as a kid.
Did you ever own at one time a Barenaked Ladies Cd? No.
Favorite day of the week? Sundays and Mondays are my days off work.
Favorite Sundae topping? Candy bars.
Did you take Piano lessons?
No. I learned to play bass by printing off tablatures to ska songs on the library computers.
Most frequent song played?
Hard to say. If I pick up the guitar, I’m probably going to play my rendition of the Toots and the Maytals classic Sweet and Dandy. Karaoke night, my go to songs are Young MC’s Bust a Move and David Allan Coe’s You Never Even Called Me by My Name.
T.V. show you secretly enjoy?
I Love the 80’s or 90’s on VH1. I know, those shows are ten years old now. I’m nostalgic for the nostalgia trips of the past.
Would you rather play basketball or hockey?
I think the cool guy answer is hockey, but basketball.
Date someone older or younger?
My wife is younger than I am, but I look abnormally young for my age so nobody gets wise.
One place you could travel right now?
I don’t understand the question. One place i would like to travel? I’d like to cruise around New Mexico and regular Mexico and California on a scooter. Where could I afford to travel? Buffalo.
Do you use umbrellas?
Rarely. I think I have never bought one because I don’t think it would be rock and roll. Do you think Glen Danzig has an umbrella? Never happen.
Do you know all the words to the Canadian national anthem?
Are you saying I’m some kind of infiltrator?
A whole blizzard of parmesan, on whatever I eat.
The Smith’s or the Cure?
Once again, I know the right answer is the Smiths, but I have always preferred the Cure.
Do you prefer Blondes or Brunettes?
Don’t get me wrong, I objectify women as much as the next guy, but it’s never made sense to me to objectify people in terms of certain traits I find more attractive than others. My wife is a blonde, but I flatter myself that I like her for reasons other than her hair color.
Best job you ever had? Being a kid.
Did you go to your high school prom? No.
Perfect time to wake up?
I get up at 4:30 on work days. Days off, I sleep til after seven and it’s incredible.
Perfect time to go to bed? One hour after clocking in to work.
Do you use your queen right away in chess?
Every game is different, but generally I hold my queen back as long as possible.
Ever been in a car accident?
A couple, but nothing really hairy.I broke my arm once falling off my skateboard.
Closer to mom or dad…or neither? Mom, by a lot.
What age is this exciting life over for you?
Well, the last time I got drunk and recklessly discharged a firearm in city limits was when I was twenty-nine, so twenty-nine?
What decade during the 20th century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
I don’t care what decade it is, as long as I get to be cooler than I actually was when I was a teenager.
Favorite shoes you have EVER owned?
The oxblood, steel-toed Doc Martens I got for 30 bucks at Rag-o-Rama.
Do you have an article of clothing you have had since you were in high school?
No, and that’s a shame. I used to have a t-shirt with a fuzzy little Chihuahua that said, “Yo quiero Jesus.”
Were you in track and field? No.
Were you ever in a school talent show?
No. I was in a church camp talent show one time. The pastor’s wife had everyone pray for me because of the offensive content of a joke I told that said poop and butt in it about a dozen times.
Have you ever written in a library book?
I wrote in the margins of the Newark (Ohio) Public Library copy of A People’s History of the United States. Funny thing, I read that book before I even started going to college. I just thought writing notes in the margins of books was something smart people were supposed to do.
Allergic to? Purty girls. A-choo!! 😉
How do you pick a favorite fruit?
Have you watched sex and the city?
Baseball hat or toque?
I had to google toque to see what they were talking about. Apparently it’s a Canadian term for a toboggan or “beanie.” I typically wear a beanie or a porkpie, sometimes a cadet hat. Whenever I wear a baseball hat, though, I wear it with the bill kicked to the side, the way Tim Armstrong wears his in the Operation Ivy CD booklet.
Do you shampoo first in the shower or soap?
Shampoo. You always start at the top, that way dirty soap doesn’t drip all over the stuff you just cleaned.
Wet the toothbrush or brush dry with the toothpaste? Wet.
Pen or pencil?
I draw my comics out in pencil first, then go over it in ink, then I erase the pencil lines, scan the inked drawings into my laptop, and edit the images in ArtRage.
Have you ever gambled at a casino?
A few times, usually just a few quarter slots. Throwing my money away never seemed like much fun to me. But Shandi and I went once, and I fulfilled my life-long gambling dream. I went to the roulette wheel, put all my money on black, won, and cashed out. I beat the house, one time, for fifty bucks. So now I never want to gamble again. I want to go out a winner.
Have you thrown up on a plane? No.
Have you thrown up in a car? Yes.
Have you thrown up at work?
Yes. I used to have a serious medical problem where I would throw up everything I ate or drank for weeks at a time. I have lived an unbecomingly vomitous life.
Do you scream on roller coasters?
Yeah, I go bonkers on roller coasters. That’s a big part of the fun.
Who was your first prom date?
I never went to prom, never even went to a dance. As a teenager, I never saw what was supposed to be fun about spending my free time crowded around all the people I was uncomfortable around all day anyway.
Who was your first roommate?
This kid named Joe I knew through my church friends. He was way into Marilyn Manson. He had a room in the basement with walls painted blood red, where we would sit chain smoking and watching comedy central all night.
What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk for the first time?
I was afraid to drink beer when I first started drinking, so I had a few nights getting tipsy on Mike’s Hard Lemonade. But the first time I got really drunk was the night Jason Piatt and Wayne Lantz, my bandmates from the Brutes, took me out to this little corner bar in Newark, and I sat at the bar for hours drinking something the bartender called a “Hermaphrodidic Umpaloompa.” It was purple and tasted like grape.
What was your first job? Family Dollar, Newark, Ohio.
What was your first car? 1980 Toyota Corolla
When did you go to your first funeral?
When I was four. I had a sister who died as a baby.
How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?
When I was eighteen I left home and moved to Kansas to teach Sunday school on the Kickapoo reservation. But I went back to Ohio after about six months and stayed around Newark until I was almost twenty-five.
Who was your first grade teacher? Mrs. Wineland, I think.
Where did you go on your first airplane ride?
I flew to San Fransisco when I was sixteen, and spent the summer staying in Napa, with my dad who I hadn’t seen since I was two.
When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with? My brother.
Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them? The TV, and yes.
Where did you live the first time you moved out of your parent’s house?
I stayed with a couple out in Kansas named Dorothy and Larry, who ran the church and raised cattle, respectively.
Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
Dr. Greenthumb, know what I’m sayin?
Whose wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsmen?
Mallory and Joe Rotkiske.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I have a poo and see what’s new on AlterNet.
What was the first concert you attended?
I went to see Audio Adrenaline in January, 1998, but I only went because the Supertones were opening. When I was seventeen, I was obsessed with the Supertones.
First tattoo or piercing?
I got my left ear pierced at the piercing pagoda in the mall when I was eighteen. I was there with Jessica Merritt and I was desperate for her to think I was cool. So I proved I was cool, by getting one ear pierced at the mall. Hmm.
First celebrity crush?
I think I liked the girl from My Two Dads, but I know I liked DJ from Full House.