I don’t think I’ve ever asked anyone to sign a petition before, but I’m imploring you to sign this one. Journalist Steve Sotloff is an American Citizen and reporter with Time Magazine, and a friend of my family. He went missing in August of 2013, and is now being held by #ISIS. He was show in the execution video of #JamesFoley.
There has been a lot of talk about the bravery of journalists in #Ferguson, and they deserve to be commended for getting out from behind their desks and blogs. But there is a huge difference between tear gas and rubber bullets and being beheaded.
I’ve already lost one journalist I knew - Tim Hetherington (who directed the documentary Restrepo along with Sebastian Junger). He helped Paul Azaceta and I with research for GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES before being killed in Libya. I don’t want to lose another.
Clicking on the link below will allow you to sign a petition asking The White House to do everything in its power to free Steve. It would mean a lot to me and my family, not to mention his, if you would sign the petition and share this Facebook post.
#ROADTOCOMICCON MEGA SIGNING with Mark Sable, DC’s Two Face: Year One, Marvel’s What if Spider-man killed Kraven the Hunter?, Grounded, Fearless, Hazed, Graveyard Empires, Dracula: Son of a…
This Saturday, July 19th I will be part of an EPIC lineup at Meltdown Comics, where I’ll be doing a pre SDCC signing (see a partial creator list below). I’m not going to be signing in San Diego (although I’ll be there), so if you want something signed and you’re in LA or SoCal please stop by. Super excited for this.
Gerard Way Becky Cloonan Jaime Hernandez Gilbert Hernandez Natalia Hernandez Dj Kirkbride Jim Mahfood Caleb Monroe Tom Pinchuk Eric Esquivel Hannah Partlow Felipe Smith Joshua Hale Fialkov Jon Schnepp Dave Crosland
Dear Zodiac Killer: I’m answering this after a whole day at work, which might color things (but I think a good day). So— I got myself a bachelor’s in biochemistry, graduated, was going to take a year to study and take the GRE for scientist grad school, but realized that (a) I wasn’t very good at bio or chem— not “dedicate your life to it" good, and (b) I was living with my parents and in Cincinnati and a chunk of my friends were about to split town, any one of which is generally not a good situation at age 22 or 23. I’m not one of those people who had "dreams" or whatever— which I’m kinda thankful for— so I didn’t have any kind of "just search your heart for your true dreams" solution that’d work, like in the Tony Robbins videos, because … I guess because basically, my heart is empty and black…? So I became a lawyer…? Basically!
So… so yeah, needed to figure out a move. I felt like some rush to decide cause of the whole wanting-to-get-away thing. Looking back, that was a bit silly. You can do so much! I meet people in so many different kinds of lines of work now. On the other hand, I was in Cincinnati which at the time was a city for old people— young people had no reason to stay in that city, not back then. And the industries there— I didn’t want to work for P&G, or these old bureaucracy-heavy businesses that care what high school you went to, and the young person industries— the dot-com boom, say— weren’t happening there… There’s fun jobs in the world but they’re maybe not distributed evenly geographically…
Anyways, someone mentioned to me that folks with science backgrounds can go do patent law. That’s what I thought I’d go do. And so I was a patent lawyer— for two months. Basically that was the darkest time, those two months. I was in a bad work situation; plus I was living in Orange County which is not really a good place for me (that whole Patton Oswalt “city, mountain, ocean" thing— I think about that all the time)(then again, I liked Orange County physically— the geography is great; just not… like… aesthetically a good fit?); plus, I think with patent, maybe, it’s better to be an engineer or if not engineering, to have a more advanced degrees than a BS. But yeah, I thought… I never thought I’d do litigation, but that’s just where things went— that was a big surprise. But litigation— it’s a comforting skill to have when I go to bed at night— I think I sleep a little better knowing that I know how to navigate a lawsuit…? I don’t know how folks are okay with knowing they can just get victimized and not have any skill set to respond to that. Or how people just trust various institutions so much— doctors or whoever… There are ways that it suits me, and I appreciate those ways.
Same time, I tell most people who ask me not to do the whole law school thing— it’s really not a job for everybody, and people who haven’t seen a law firm at work and seen what the life is like and talked to lawyers— people who just go straight to law school like I did, I think are taking an expensive risk. I wouldn’t recommend taking Life Advice from Tucker Max, by any means, but the Tucker Max article isn’t entirely wrong for a lot of people. But look, nobody ever listens to that advice. I had two lawyers tell me the same exact thing and I ignored them— my friends all have that story, almost every single one. ”So-and-so told me not to do this— why didn’t I listen" — 95% of lawyers I hang out socially has said that out loud at some point over a beer, for one reason or another. I know a lot of people who got out too and I can’t blame them. The smartest kid in my law school class was a professional poker player a while after we graduated— good guy; (I think he moved onto something else other than poker tho). My friend Mark writes comics and screenplays and dirty bathroom wall graffiti, real x-rated stuff, godless stuff, but it rhymes. My roommate in law school joined the military after 9-11, tried to serve his country (got a really weird tooth-ache while serving in Iraq, there weren’t dentists around, yadda yadda yadda late-diagnosis of cancer— first funeral I ever went to). I think one guy got involved in veganism professionally, which was really tragic and makes me want to cry when I think about it, all that veganism being perpetrated into the world— so sad… veganism…
People who had family in the profession knew exactly what they were getting in for— that’s fine. But… that’s not everybody. It’s funny— I was just at a wedding and I met an ex-lawyer and so we start exchanging notes, and he’s telling me about some guy who got murdered and had his hands chopped off and blah blah blah, and I’m telling him about some teenage client who got shot to death by some Crip kid (I don’t even do criminal law— LA’s just a fun town), and… You know: it’s maybe not the world’s greatest job for folks who want to be like “people are pretty super!!!" Chris Hardwick-y all the time, as it turns out…? Makes weddings more fun though. (They had little pieces of salami that were really good too… I didn’t know I was into salami so much…)
So far, I’ve been paid, (maybe not real money but still, paid), to be a scientist, a lawyer and a writer. Scientist seems the most mentally demanding, lawyer’s the most … the very first lawyer I ever worked for as a first-year law student called it “spiritually deadening” (which is overstating it at least a little), and writing seems like it could sure play the most games with a person’s confidence or doubts or fears or whatever, internal equilibrium. I think that’s how I’d rank those. I think… But my job’s working for me for right now. Right now. Of the three, I’m most happy that lawyer’s my daily grind— the other two wouldn’t be good for me. I hope I’m helping people. I hope I’m doing a decent job. Long term, who knows…? Then again, at that wedding, every person I talked to was either about to make a big life change or wanted to in the next 10 years. They say people don’t do one thing their entire lives anymore— I guess it’s likely I’m going to start seeing that manifest more…? I don’t know. Anyways… There you go.