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

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

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. (Articles in purple are links to a storage site that went down. I’m digging out my originals to re-post.)


One-Hit Wonder LP Parade: Sailcat – Motorcycle Mama

I’m starting what I hope will become a series of posts, which I think few people have done before. You can always find people looking over obscure LPs, but this series focuses on the LPs from which that wondrous category “One-Hit Wonders” can be drawn. Does the rest of the album explain why some of …

Movie Time: Untogether

Once more, I get to expand my “influencer” tag by reviewing a movie. “Untogether” marks the directorial debut of writer Emma Forrest. It opens February 8 at the AMC South Barrington 30, following its premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The romance follows a couple who fall into bed together, then try to decide …

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