Hello World, again, or, the Front Page

After fruitless years of trying to build my own web site from scratch, I have faced reality. If I can do anything with a reasonable amount of panache and creativity, and in a way that might be useful to others, I am now learning how to put up my web site in WordPress.

So, here it is.

As of Feb. 6, you can see I have some rather low-res photos blown up very large on this front page. These have been placeholders for which I need to go back to the “source,” whether prints of uncompressed photo files, to get a better version. A lot of these older photos are on film, but I really don’t have the means to scan film for now. Unless there is some interest from the gallery crowd.


Link to design work on Behance, like this label.

Homebrew beer label by Mark McDermott

Here’s where I have some writing samples.

Finding the Mileu of the Spider-Man Music LPs

Finding the Mileu of the Spider-Man Music LPs From Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man. edited by Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner. Copyright © 2012 Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner; McFarland & Co., Publishers

“Hamlet will return in Thunderball”: Historical Precedents of Riffing

“He Strikes Like Thun-n-n-nder-r-r-r BALL-L-L-L-L-L!” The Place of the James Bond Theme Song

Two Articles on Captain America

“The Invaders and the All-Star Squadron” and “History of the Marvel Zombies and Colonel America Among the Marvel Zombies” From Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays. Edited by Robert G. Weiner. Copyright © 2009 Robert G. Weiner; McFarland & Co., Publishers.

The Menace of Fans to the Franchise

“The Menace of Fans to the Franchise” Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise

Guide to United States Popular Culture

Articles from The Guide to United States Popular Culture

Chicago Tribune CareerBuilder Articles

Articles These are articles on various careers that I wrote in 2003-2004, when CareerBuilder was co-owned by the Tribune Co. and Knight-Ridder. These appeared in the Sunday Jobs section of the Chicago Tribune.


Movie Time: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

I seem to getting known as an “influencer” about movies. Well, me and a couple million other people. So, rather than wait for another screener to come around, or to be added to the Rotten Tomatoes reviewer panel, maybe I can discuss an older movie I picked out to watch. There is among us popular …

Movie Time: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Can’t hide it: I’ve been an avid fan of Terry Gilliam’s work since his cutout animations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Sometime in the 1980’s, my college roommate Tim and I did a paper on Gilliam’s three latest movies at the time: Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen. Regrettably, we lost that …

I have stuff for sale!

I have been accumulating thing for many years, and I find the need to let some of it go. Here are links to my “inventory.”

First of all, check out my (still in progress) WooCommerce storefront.

eBay: Books, videos, books, comics, various outdated electronics.


Amazon: While I have been selling stuff through amazon for many year, my Affiliate membership was closed because I could not sell enough stuff through Affiliate links. And I have not found a widget or plugin the works simply with seller accounts. So I gotta link to my store the old-fashioned way: mbmcdermott on Amazon.

My Beer Pages

The Beeronaut at ChicagoNow.

Map of beers I’ve enjoyed by state.

Yellow dot: Brewpubs/Breweries visited since 2003.

As shown on Ratebeer.com
Canadian Provinces