The Daily Rock Hatch: Mark Frauenfelder

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If you’re not checking out Boing Boing on an hourly basis, you’re missing out on a nearly limitless parade of wonderful things. If you’re not reading Make: Magazine, there’s a good chance that you’ve no idea how to make an iPod charger out of an Altoids tin. What do these two pop-cultural phenomena have in common? Mark Frauenfelder, naturally.

The spikey-haired happy mutant launched Boing Boing more than 21 years ago. The directory of wonderful things was born in 1988 as a print ‘zine boasting the tagline, “The World’s Greatest Neurozine,” tackling topics ranging from cyberpunk to intellectual property rights.

In 2000, Boing Boing was reborn as a blog, eventually growing into one of the most heavily-trafficked pop-culture resources on the Web. In that time, Frauenfelder has worked as an editor for Wired; an online columnist for Playboy; and has authored, edited, and/or illustrated a diverse range of books. Oh, and he’s also the editor-in-chief of the Santa Rosa-based quarterly DIY magazine, Make.

With a resume like that (and a wife and kids to boot), one suspects that the writer doesn’t have all that much free time for the important things in life, like, say, comics. But he somehow manages to squeeze sequential art into his to-do list, a fact often reflected by his Boing Boing posts.

Who are you?

I’m Mark Frauenfelder, the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of Make.

You should totally be my Myspace friend because:

I will never bother you or make any demands of you. In fact, I’ll never even reply to your messages, click the links you suggest, or check out your Myspace page.

What are you reading [comic-wise, naturally]?

An advance copy of Logocomix: An Epic Search for Truth, about Bertrand Russell. My favorite essay by him is “In Praise of Idleness,” because it makes me feel good about not getting anything accomplished.

Your favorite comic shop?

Meltdown, in Los Angeles

This time next year, I hope to be penning the major motion picture adaptation of which comic:

Boody Rogers’s Babe.

Assorted Mark Frauenfelder related comic fun facts:

I worked at Mile High Comics as a teen in Boulder Colorado. I was there when Chuck Rozanski bought that famous Edgar Church collection of comics in Denver. Read the thrilling story here.

–Brian Heater