My real name is Larry Robertson although I am known as WebHobbit on a lot of messageboards, websites & in a few comicbook letters pages. Since around 1995 PCs & the Internet have been one of my passions & for a little more than a decade I worked on PCs at night and on weekends. I didn’t make a lot of money in this “micro-biz” but it did help pay for all my toys & I helped a LOT of folks deal with malware and other assorted problems. I like to build my own computers & the more you know the more you want it seems.
And like most folks who work on PCs (at least all the really GOOD techs) I am also quite the geek. To clarify I accept “geek” as a positive term unlike the related but NOT synonymous “nerd”. I used to play AD & D way too much. I owned all the hardcovers and memorized much of them. I grew up on pop-culture: Saturday Night Live, Night Stalker, Twilight Zone & MTV back when they played music.
I’m also fairly well read. I love Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange and the wonderful film version. Other favorites include Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Michael Moorcock’s Elric Saga, Robert E. Howard’s Conan, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, William Gibson’s Neuromancer & Mona Lisa Overdrive, Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, & of course J. R. R. Tolkien’s the Hobbit.
Some have characterized me as a bit of a “gun nut”. I would prefer “gun enthusiast” but I won’t argue semantics on that one. Suffice it to say I strongly believe in the Second Amendment & I don’t interpret it as having anything to do with hunting or the modern day National Guard. I believe in EVERYONE’S (men, women, rich and poor) right to self-defense. Consequently I have a lifetime carry license & usually carry a handgun.
But above all that stuff I LOVE comicbooks. I’m a huge Marvel freak. I’ve been reading/collecting comics for the better part of 40 years (started around 1977 but skipped most of the ’90s). I have an ever growing collection & from 2006-2013 I used (and contributed) to the world’s largest comicbook database ComicBase. I even managed to get published within the program itself for a few “blurbs” I wrote up. That coupled with having a few letters published in Marvel comics & having a Wife and Child may just allow me to one day die a happy and fulfilled little hobbit!