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Name: Michael Bettendorf

DOB: 7/31 - I share it with Harry Potter and my hippie uncle.

Occupation: Barista/Cafe Manager - Writer (Go figure, eh?)

Fave Comics Ever: Miller and Jansen’s Daredevil, Roche Limit, Shutter. J. Michael Strazcynski’s Thor.

Last Good Comic You Read: I’ve been extremely impressed by Seven to Eternity. Also, East of West - Hickman and Dragotta are master world builders.

Fave Movies Ever: Lucky Number Slevin, Snatch, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Hook, Home Alone 2.

Last Good Movie You Saw: Swiss Army Man wrecked me in a lot of ways. Impressed by how well they displayed humanity, anchored in the absurdity.

What’s your Earliest Memory? Perhaps it’s just a glimpse, but I remember holding a Peter Pan action figure in the front room of my parent’s old house on Christmas morning. I was 3.

When And Where Were You Happiest? I’m pushing 2.5 years of marriage and I haven’t royally ruined anything and we’re not completely decimated by student loans (only slightly) - so I’d say now is pretty great.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Hmm. Living - Tom Hanks, Dan Harmon, Charlie Huston, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci.

What did Your Parents Do? RN and Firefighter/Paramedic

How Do You Relax? A good cup of coffee or whiskey. Books, Music/playing and listening.

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: 1. I have strange eyes - one is farsighted the other is nearsighted. 2. I didn’t like Mulholland Drive. 3. I most definitely judge customers on what coffee drinks they order.


Welcome to Millarworld, Michael. I was barista for 12 years and a cafe manager for 4 of that before I went back to school for engineering. What kinda of cafe do you work at?


Ha! I do the same thing while I’m standing on line behind them. :slight_smile:

Welcome to the boards, Michael!


Good gawd, now there’s TWO of them!


That’s awesome - and a huge commitment! My job is great (the people mostly) but I am currently seeking to leave the industry. Unfortunately it’s more out of necessity than anything. Our cafe is pretty unique, at least to our area. I live in a university town and so local coffee places and bars flourish, but we combine both and act sort of like a bistro. We have booze, specialty coffee and a menu of food. Mostly sandwiches, bagels/melts, soup - that sorta thing. Our store owner has had the place for 22-23 years. He does all of the coffee roasting and I have to admit, we have some of the best in town - no bias or anything =P ha.

I loved coffee before this job, but over the past couple of years I have truly grown to appreciate what goes into a ‘real’ cup of coffee and what makes good espresso. What kind of place did you manage? What was your drink of choice?


I managed a Barnes & Noble cafe but I have always had friends who work in smaller shops with better coffee. One of my buddies was a regional barista champion and now works for Cafe Imports.

My drink of choice is a Cortado with a single origin espresso. Ethiopians tend to be my favorite. I really like a One and One if the cafe offers it. What’s your drink of choice?


That’s awesome! We have a few latte art competitions around town, but I don’t enter them.

Cortados are nearly perfect drinks. Typically I go for drip coffee. I know it’s a bit boring ha. I prefer our Mexico and Papua New Guinea beans. We had a Mexican Altura - single crop, single origin for a while and that was the best espresso I’ve ever had. Our espresso is a blend of 2-3 beans, but I can’t quite remember what he uses. Usually Ethiopian, French and something else.

My favorite espresso drink changes, but it’s between an Americano, a cortado and our cafe au lait. We make ours New Orleans style and use espresso with chicory, instead of drip coffee, and steamed milk.


Hi everyone !

Name: Regis Effe

DOB : June 2nd, 1984

Occupation: Paralegal for french PM office.

Fave Comics Ever: Dark Knight Returns, Mouse Guard, Watchmen

Last Good Comic You Read: Hellboy vol.12 - The storm and the fury

Fave Movies Ever: The seven samuraï, Pulp fiction, Gattaca, Diabolique (1955)

Last Good Movie You Saw: Ghost in the shell 2

What’s your Earliest Memory? First time I saw snow of my life.

When And Where Were You Happiest? When I made my marriage proposal and she said yes.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Jonny Wilkinson, Barack Obama, Juliette Binoche, Monica Belluci, Guillermo Del Toro

What did Your Parents Do? Tax specialist and secretary

How Do You Relax? Walking in Paris streets, watching and playing rugby. Some beer with friends too.

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: - Before being paralegal, I was carpenter ;

  • I’ve never seen Gone with the wind whereas it always presented as the best movie ever made ;
  • I always said to my girlfriend she doens’t snore ever. In fact, she snores every damn night.


I’ve probably seen every scene of GWtW, but have never viewed the entire film in one sitting.

Welcome to MillarWorld, Regis!


Name: Rob Brooks

DOB : December 23, 1978 (Hoping for a great birthday present from Mark Millar this year, re the Millarworld contest!)

Occupation: Estimator for a sheet metal manufacturing company (no one knows what that means, but I look at prints, figure out how to make the parts, and how much it’ll cost)

Fave Comics Ever: Locke & Key, Sandman, Ex Machina. Oh, and anything by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.

Last Good Comic You Read: Black Science vol 4

Fave Movies Ever: Fight Club, Back to the Future, Starship Troopers, Tombstone

Last Good Movie You Saw: I haven’t seen a good movie in a while…Maybe Capt America Civil War?

What’s your Earliest Memory? Using our old VCR system (they used to have 2 different boxes, one for playing, one for recording!) to record the Muppet show off of the TV.

When And Where Were You Happiest? I could just leave Mark’s answer in here–when my third son was born and my two older boys were there with us.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? It’d be my closest friends. I have my ideal dinner party once a month or so!

What did Your Parents Do? Railroad Trainmaster and Nurse

How Do You Relax? I go to the gym, mostly running, and run in races with my kids. I read a lot, and watch a lot of TV. There’s also a pretty sweet arcade near my house…

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: 1. I eat an unhealthy amount of McDonald’s (I know, any amount is probably unhealthy). But seriously, sometimes it’s literally three meals a day. Unhealthy, and embarrassing. 2. In keeping with the previous respondents answer, I have never seen the movies Top Gun or Titanic. 3. I’m not on Facebook. Pretty sure I’m the only one left.


Name: Reda Wahbi

DOB : March 21, 1989

Occupation: Student in Translation Studies

Fave Comics Ever: Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, All-Star Superman, Sandman, The Invisibles, Scott Snyder’s Batman, Preacher, Garth Ennis’ Hellblazer, Kingdom Come, Runaways, Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, East of West, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Saga, Morning Glories, Southern Bastards.

Last Good Comic You Read: Mother Panic # 1, astonishing art, great introduction to some new Gotham’s characters. It remembered me of some grittier ‘‘Legends of the Dark Knight’’ comic books I used to read as a kid.

Fave Movies Ever: 8 1/2, Alien, Aliens, Gozu, Videodrome, The Thing, Repulsion, Bittersweet Life, Sonatine, Vertigo, The Raid, Pierrot Le Fou, Die Hard, Taxi Driver, Badlands

Last Good Movie You Saw: High Rise

What’s your Earliest Memory? 8 yrs old. Hitting my head against a radiator while playing at ‘‘Street Fighter’’ with another kid. The other kids tried to cheer me up tellin’ me stories of their wounds. Another clear memory was buying an Iron Man issue (Heroes Reborn era) during a boring sunday at the farmer’s market with my parents.

When And Where Were You Happiest? First morning I woke up next to my girlfriend. Cheesy, I know, but you’re the one that asked.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Jon Stewart, Killer Mike, Chip Zdarsky, Dave Chapelle, Eric Andre

What did Your Parents Do? Bartender and Truck Driver

How Do You Relax? Reading, watching movies, lots of stand-up comedy

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: I write short stories and that’s the reason I’m always late with my college work. Sometimes, I tell my friends I’m heading back home, truth is I stop to the first Doner Kebab I find. I watch a lot of ‘‘funny animals’’ compilation on Youtube (pugs, in particular).


and did you liked the movie ? :wink:


Frankly, I didn’t give a damn.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


Name: Pat Johnson

DOB : April 1976

Occupation: Writing Center Director - Teacher - Writer

Fave Comics Ever:
Preacher, Scalped, We3, Paper Girls, DKR, Walking Dead, Fables, Saga, Sandman, Give Me Liberty

Last Good Comic You Read:

Fave Movies Ever:
Star Wars, Fight Club, Clockwork Orange, Not Quite Hollywood, Princess Bride, Mad Max (1, 2, 4), A Fish Called Wanda

Last Good Movie You Saw:
Green Room

What’s your Earliest Memory?:
I was terrified to swim at first and would cry uncontrollably. I remember my father telling me no one could tell I was crying if I was in the water.

When And Where Were You Happiest?:
After traveling, returning home to sit alone at my desk and write.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5?:
Joss Whedon, Elizabeth Warren, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Alan Moore, and Louis CK

What did Your Parents Do?:
Engineer and teacher/housewife

How Do You Relax?:
Movies, video games, comics paired with good company, good scotch, or a quiet room where I’m alone with my thoughts.

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You:

For my first Halloween, I dressed up as Princess Leia.

I wrote my initials in Sharpie on the stones of Notre Dame (plus, this was a dick-move by an irresponsible 18-year-old).

GH, GH, GO is my key to happiness - If you don’t know what it means, then maybe it’s a secret worth keeping.


Name: Kristina Maria Stroh (née Reigber)

DOB : 29.04.1980

Occupation: Freelance Illustrator and Comic Artist

Fave Comics Ever: The Goon, Sin City, The Spirit, old Jonah Hex, a lot of Deadpool Comics

Last Good Comic You Read: actually Starlight

Fave Movies Ever: that’s tough…I do appreciate a lot of movies and am mostly easy to entertain…but Ill go with cheesy asian Martial Arts Movies regardless the production date

Last Good Movie You Saw: Doctor Strange

What’s your Earliest Memory? Oddly the one when it was Nikolaus Day (in Germany we clean our boots on December 5th and put them out in front of the main door over night. The Nikolaus will then come and put sweets and little presents into those boots, if you have been nice enough throughout the year. Sometimes parents would volunteer and a real, well costumed, Nikolaus and a Knecht Ruprecht – who punishes the bad children – will go from door to door and read from the book of the good children) and this is where my memory sets in. Nikolaus and Knecht Ruprecht were at my house and I was so anxious, I took hold of my buttock and squeezed my toy dog real hard, while he was reading from the book. Luckily, everything went well =D I was about 3 or 4, I guess

When And Where Were You Happiest? The happiest…mh…I try to be happy and if be the happiest every day, but the most content and at peace with myself I have been, while walking back home from my sports place and I had only been telling, that I couldn’t participate, because I felt a little ill. I was totally at ease…strangely

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? tough one too, mh…Eric Powell, Frank Miller, Shaun Tan, Mike Mignola and my husband and it would get really interesting, cause we would have a seánce and meet all the great dead ones :slight_smile:

What did Your Parents Do? Firefighter and public officer

How Do You Relax? Practicing sport, playing and going for a walk with my dog, meeting friends

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: I may bee a little obsessed with martial arts and the thought, that it may come to a bad end with this society…wether it’s a zombie apocalypse or war in another way…I work out to stay alive.
At the same time I cannot stop believing, that people wouldn’t treat me unfair, because I truly believe in the good in people…even if I’m at the bank or have someone on the phone trying to sell something to me…
I like to burst out into singing, laughing, talking to myself or dancing just because…as I am growing older, I am getting less embarrassed about it when it happens in public though


Cheers, Mark, and cheers to the forum. Looking forward to entering this year’s talent search and getting to know some of you…

Name: Ray Van Horn, Jr.

DOB : May 12, 1970

Occupation: Writer, music journalist, live concert photographer

Fave Comics Ever: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Akira, Hellblazer, 100 Bullets, Amazing Spidey, V is for Vendetta, Watchmen, Heavy Metal, Tank Girl, Cerebus, Vampirella, Red Sonja, Usagi Yojimbo, Daredevil, Avengers, Wonder Woman, Fatale, Tales from the Crypt/Haunt of Fear/Vault of Horror, Creepshow, Jonah Hex, Power Man and Iron Fist

Last Good Comic You Read: Re-read Huck in trade edition, Reborn # 1 and 2, Aquaman # 11, Strange Fruit miniseries, Moon Knight # 8, Bitch Planet # 9, Moonshine # 1 and 2

Fave Movies Ever: Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, A Clockwork Orange, American Beauty, The Virgin Suicides, Crash, Nosferatu, Dawn of the Dead '78, Excalibur, Almost Famous…for starters.

Last Good Movie You Saw: Theatre of Blood

What’s your Earliest Memory? Peeing on the doctor at birth. Truth. I asked my mom if it happened, she was pale by my recollection of it.

When And Where Were You Happiest? Usually doing something fun with my son. Otherwise, in front of the computer writing, pumping iron with my fellow gym rats or on a hike.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Corny as it may sound, my family. We five get along perfectly.

What did Your Parents Do? Assistant Vice President of a bank and communications handler for the NSA

How Do You Relax? Hitting pints with friends, hitting the gym, hitting the comics, hitting the keyboard with words that make me feel alive.

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: 1. I regret royally trashing a band in a review due to being in a bad mood. I offered them an apology but didn’t change a thing. 2. My autographed glossy of Catherine Bach circa 1979 will go into my casket whenever that time comes. 3. I’ve always wanted to be Den from Heavy Metal…brother pulls it DOWN.


Name: Andrea Daniele
DOB : 23 december 1990
Occupation: Comics artist
Fave Comics Ever: Hellboy, Batman: Heart of Hush, Death Note, Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Last Good Comic You Read: Paper Girls
Fave Movies Ever: The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar
Last Good Movie You Saw: Veloce come il vento
What’s your Earliest Memory? When I was probably 9 and i went with my mother to buy Pokémon Blue and a new Game Boy Color, because someone stole my first GBC. My mother instead of bought just another GBC, bought also the game. I really don’t know if it is my earliest memory, but i like to think it is.
When And Where Were You Happiest? When i lived in this park were i played soccer everyday with my friends. 4 or 5 years of true happy were i really had fun and i really studied not much. I think my parents didn’t like the last point.
Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Me and my friends.
What did Your Parents Do? My father have an estate agency and my mother works to the municipality of Naples.
How Do You Relax? Comics, Films, Videogames and get out with my friends.
Tell Us 3 Secrets About You:
1- I like to eat chocolate near my mother when she pretend to make diet. I’m a terrible person.
2- My name is Andrea and my surname Daniele…i know it’s not a secret, but so many people ask me that, that i start to think it is.
3- I’m born the same day that Helboy is evoked on earth…i’m very proud of this.


I’m not at all sure how I’ve never done this considering I’ve been lurking around here for a little over a year.

Name: Timothy Lynn Mays

DOB : 20 Jan 84

Occupation: Secretary

Fave Comics Ever: Kingdom Come, Straczynski’s run of Spiderman, Batman: Hush

Last Good Comic You Read: I’m currently reading the entire run of Spawn and recently reread Sandman

Fave Movies Ever: Boondock Saints, Star Wars

Last Good Movie You Saw: My wife and I watched The Other Guys recently and it was a good bit of fun.

What’s your Earliest Memory? Following my brother and sister out into the yard when they got on the bus for school. I wasn’t supposed to, but I always tried to run out there after them.

When And Where Were You Happiest? When the kids are in bed and my wife and I just get to be lazy and spend some time together, or playing nerdy board games.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Neil Gaiman, Richard Kadrey, Wil Wheaton, Alan Tudyk, and Kevin Smith. If I could add a sixth it’d be Jim Butcher.

What did Your Parents Do? Iron Worker and Public Aid Worker

How Do You Relax? Reading, Running, Playing video games, watching TV

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You: I want to write. I’ve about a few projects I’m working on right now, but don’t really have the confidence of ever getting anything published. When I run/workout, I imagine that I’m training to be a Jedi (well…Sith, really). I really enjoy baking. Sometimes when I’m stressed, it’s nice to just get in the kitchen and make something for the heck of it.


Name: Jordi
Age: 40
Country: Spain
Fave Comics Current: Southern Bastards, Saga, Injustice Gods Among Us, Batman, Empress.
Fave Comics Ever: Watchmen, Frank Miller’s Daredevil, The Killing Joke, Batman Year One, Maus.
Fave movies: Blade Runner, The Warriors,Goodfellas, Porco Rosso, Driver.
Secret Crush: Would that still be a secret if I told you?
How you would like to die: Peacefully.
The last time you punched someone: Never.
Could you be trusted with Green Lantern’s ring? Sure!
What brought you to Millarworld? The Annual Competition.

It’s nice to be here with so many comic lovers! :slight_smile:


Name: Stephen Schifini

DOB : April 17th, 1974

Occupation: Recently fired video producer

Fave Comics Ever: Maus, Watchmen, Kraven’s Last Hunt, Batman RIP, Secret Wars (1983)

Last Good Comic You Read: Sailor Twain

Fave Movies Ever: The Third Man, Shadow of a Doubt, Raiders of the Lost Ark, MacGruber, Night of the Comet, They Live

Last Good Movie You Saw: Sausage Party.

What’s your Earliest Memory? Bat Day Yankee Stadium, 1978. They actually gave you a full-size bat in those days. All good till my brother hit me with his bat. Dick.

When And Where Were You Happiest? Spring of 2002, except for the pollen.

Name Your Ideal Dinner Party of 5? Orson Welles, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Kurt Vonnegut

What did Your Parents Do? Nudge

How Do You Relax? At a bar with a good jukebox and some friends.

Tell Us 3 Secrets About You:

  1. I was gave a girlfriend a copy of Maus for her birthday. Don’t ever do this.

  2. I have an Empire Strikes Back t-shirt in Spanish. I tell everyone I bought it in Spain, but truthfully they didn’t have it in my size, so I ordered it online when I got back to the states. Whenever I’m asked if I got in Spain, I say yes. This is my most frequently told lie. It makes me wonder who is lying to me for pretty much no reason.

  3. My dating profile name was “fresh_mozzarell”

Oh and I could not be trusted with Green Lanterns ring. I would be Parllax the shit out of my boss.