Yes, I've moved everything from Antihero Comics dot com to That David Hopkins dot com--a new look, that's still not completely set--but that doesn't mean I can't continue some old Christmas traditions. It's the 7th annual posting of O Holy Night (trainwreck version). Share the song with someone you love. Fun fact: Seven years is old for the Internet.

Good cheer to you and your family! Merry Christmas, Happy Rohatsu, and a Happy New Year!


Zac Crain is senior editor of D Magazine (and my heart). He produced this hilarious series of "photo comics" for D Magazine's Frontburner blog. The comics are way too awesome to be buried in the archives, so I decided to keep my own record of the links here. I use the term "comics" loosely, but it works for me. Read and enjoy. part 1. Rick Perry discusses his new debate strategy.

part 2. Rick Perry explains his weird behavior in New Hampshire.

part 3. Rick Perry introduces his son to the media.

part 4. Rick Perry debate

part 5. Rick Perry suffers a traumatic setback.

part 6. Rick Perry prepares for his Tonight Show appearance.

part 7. Rick Perry on the voting age

part 8. Rick Perry is sad about Herman Cain.

part 9. Rick Perry comes back to Texas.

part 10. Rick Perry on the road to New Hampshire

part 11. An Important Announcement from Rick Perry


Thank you to everyone who participated in my little Twitter joke. The premise: "Send me a reply tweet & tell me 'Congrats!' or 'Good job!' etc. Be vague. If people ask what's up, say nothing."

Everyone who participated:
@seanjackson Awesome job buddy!
@thoughtbrain I'm so happy for you, congrats!!
@D_MacPherson Congrats, my friend! This is fabulous news!
@ccuellar Congratulations!
@carissa That's awesome!
@kenlowery Oh man, huge news! Good job, and pack extra socks!
@LenNWallace You go, you!
@FarfisaLovie High five! Congrats!
@jamarnicholas YO THAT'S AMAZING NEWS! Congrats!
@Clay_Harrison Congrats!
@dcorsetto Hey man, nice job!! I'm really excited for you!
@JasonCopland Congratulations, man! Awesome news, indeed!
@superleezard Congrats man, that is awesome!
@scotthinze Nice work, brother.
@fanboyvideo Great job man, AWESOME!!!!!
@BrianDenham DUDE! I just heard the good news! Congrats!
@kodychamberlain Wow, that's HUGE NEWS! Had no idea you were working with him on that. Keep me posted on the progress.
@SCederlund Congrats. That's the best news I've heard all day.
@amboy00 That's incredible! Serious congrats. I will be waiting for the net to explode from the news of your success.
@Lea_Hernandez Holy SHIT, David! Why didn't you tell me? CONGRATS!
@Lea_Hernandez "We'll get your shit together, use our contacts, and BOOM! you are solid gold!" What's so hard about that?
@schmeschme Wow, that's huge! Very impressive,sir!
@richjohnston congrats!
@marcmason That's phenomenal! Congrats!

More than a few people were confused. Score. Honestly, this positive energy was so nice, I almost forgot I didn't do anything.


It's amusing to see the shame that Nunzio and Christina exude over this post. Clearly, they are not proud of themselves for stooping so low. They even blame it on their "friend" Jeffrey. Yeah right. They each list the top 10 people they find most attractive or sexiest, complete with commentary. What? Are you in training for VH1? And of course, their list included people from Dr. Who, Star Wars, Buffy, Stargate, Gilmore Girls, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Christina, Nunzio, we know what you're watching. In contrast, I have little shame. I'm more than happy to jump into this cesspool you've created of objectifying famous people. (Because really, who has ever done that?) And I invite others to jump in. The water is always warm.

Caveat: I wondered if comic book writers and artists could be counted as "celebrities." It's probably safer to leave them off. Also, no honorable mentions. April is my always my #1.

10. Jenna Elfman. Last month, April and I watched season one of Dharma & Greg. She really steals every scene -- funny and quirky without being dumb. Kudos to you.

9. Felicia Day. The girl from Dr. Horrible. She is adorable and has geek cred. I can't wait to see whatever she works on next.

8. Rosario Dawson. She also has geek cred (loves comic books). She was very cool in Josie and the Pussycats and Clerks II. She seems approachable and friendly, great smile.

7. Natalie Portman. Harvard girl. She remains the best thing about terrible movies, the Star Wars prequels and the Other Boleyn Girl.

6. Bettie Page. I had to sneak in one classic. She's Bettie. What else to say?

5. Scarlett Johansson. She's Woody Allen's new "go to" girl. Scarlett does not have the humor or presence of Diane Keaton, but Scarlett was beautiful in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

4. Drew Barrymore. If anyone fit the concept of beauty on the inside and the outside, it has to be Drew. I saw her interview on Inside The Actor's Studio, and it really moved me. She's all heart.

3. Anne Hathaway. Not Shakespeare's wife, the other one.

2. Lisa Loeb. I actually met Lisa. Her music is overly sentimental, but I don't care. Bonus points because she's from Dallas.

1. Zooey Deschanel. April gives me such a hard time for my crush on Zooey. I think, April's secretly in love with her too. And why not? Zooey is the epitome offbeat and beautiful, indie girl with a heart of gold.


I have an RSS and Atom feed on this site, but only because other people have requested it. I haven't ever used a site feed reader before. Normally, I would simply go through my bookmarks and repeatedly visit a site until it updated. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Oh yeah, old school. However, I've now caught up with the rest of you. I discovered Google Reader when I finally cleared out my inbox (a personal goal accomplished). With nothing in your inbox, gmail rewards you with this message: "No new mail! Want to read updates from your favorite sites? Try Google Reader." Hmmm, I guess I will. Lo and behold, it was surprisingly easy to find all my friends' blogs and my favorite sites. What usually takes me an hour, I finished in ten minutes -- I visited all the sites I like to visit. I sat at my computer trying to figure out what to do with my extra time. Crap, I guess I have to get some work done. It's frustrating to be left without excuses.


Your result for The Director Who Films Your Life Test...

Sofia Coppola
Your film will be 71% romantic, 21% comedy, 34% complex plot, and a $32 million budget.

"With few films under her belt (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette) as a writer/director, she's already highly respected and connected -- her dad, Francis, directed all The Godfather movies and Apocolypse Now. Sofia's good at making the romantic drama that is your life with poignant sullen moments of introspection. You saw how she stylishly handled Marie Antoinette's life, no? And who didn't have at least a lump in the throat at the end of Lost In Translation? She's already won one Academy Award for her writing, now she'll be the first woman to receive one for directing -- YOUR FILM!"

Take The Director Who Films Your Life Test at HelloQuizzy


April sent me this link (click here). You can play matchmaker with the different fonts: Mistral, Papyrus, Comic Sans, Helvetica, Stencil, and American Typewriter. You have to check it out.

American Typewriter on a date with Comic Sans...
"Oh my god. Are you crying?"

I love Mistral. Not the actual font, but the character on the website -- Helvetica is waiting for him to arrive, and he's passed out with his head in the toilet.


Cracked has a list of the 5 Ballsiest Con Artists of All Time, including (of course) the king, Mr. Frank Abagnale. For fans of Karma Incorporated, you know how intrigued I am by the lives of confidence men. If I ever dare to attempt non-fiction again, the Fox Sisters might make for an interesting graphic novel. I've got dibbs.


A difficult photo set of a young girl on the ledge of a 23 story building in Dallas. She was planning to jump, but ultimately decided against it. Is it exploitive? Is it journalism? Regardless, I find it very humbling as a witness. Whoever you are, I hope things are better.


1990s, Douglas Coupland's original website featured a quick time video CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND. During the days of slow dial-up, it took an entire afternoon to watch the 24 minute film. When his 2.0 website launched, CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND disappeared. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, it's back. Worth a watch. The ideas still hold up. His last comments seem prophetic of the MySpace phenomena.

part 1 | part 2 | part 3

A more recent Douglas Coupland -- his interview on BBC HARDTALK
part 1 | part 2 | part 3

Coupland talks about plastic.

A profile


Melissa has been tinkering with her MySpace profile and Project Playlist. I decided I'd give the playlist a try. Here's my first attempt (posted below), searching for songs, and trying organize it with some sort of "mix tape" sensibility. Leave it to this generation to take vast amounts of technology all for creating a better mix tape. The iPod exists because the dual deck tape player with a record button came first. I remember spending hours on many a Saturday afternoon recording mix tapes, cuing it perfectly and then waiting for the moment to hit pause as the song faded. It was a lovely meditative exercise. Sitting and listening to music that demanded to be shared.

I'll admit my mix here is a little melancholy (Rickie Lee Jones' version of For No One, abruptly followed by Everybody Knows) and kinda odd (Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzola). What the hell, right? Hey, if you know me, it works.