Name: Julius Alexander von Brunk
Hometown: City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Birthday: October 27, 1984
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Dark hazel
Occupation: Graphic designer
Operating System: Windows 7
Relationship Status: Single
Political Affiliation: Independent (Libertarianism, capitalist, classical liberalism)
Ethnic Background: German, French, French-Canadian, Native American (Ottawa, Shawnee), Roma (Gypsy), Scottish
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Shoe Size: U.S. men’s 10.5
Pets: None at the moment, but a staunch fan of cats
Hobbies: LEGO building, photography, graphic arts, electronics, painting, burlesque shows, weightlifting, eating Chinese food, breaking stuff
I don’t own a TV. Yes, I’m being an arrogant elitist by stating that. Although I have a fascination for a selection of TV shows as evidenced by my occasional non-sequitir pop culture references, I seriously dislike almost any show released in the past 15 years or so; rather, the shows I watch are reruns of stuff prior to the 2000s, and streamed online or via DVD. I seriously dislike any reality show or any piss-poor overrated comedy. I even hate that stupid show about the meth lab in the desert. The shows that I do however enjoy are a lot of the classic Nickeloden shows, mainly The Ren & Stimpy Show, Doug, Are You Afraid of The Dark, Rocko’s Modern Life and the likes. Naturally I’m a fan of the golden era of The Simpsons (1992-1999: nothing more) and as evidenced by my YouTube channel, King of the Hill. I like a good Britcom, too, namely stuff with Rik Mayall like The Young Ones and Bottom. Monty Python’s Flying Circus goes without saying. Back when I actually owned a TV, I’d usually only watch educational shows on the History Channel, long before all of the educational channels were invaded by these absurd hillbilly reality shows. Seriously, when the hell did this happen? TLC used to be called “The Learning Channel” — and Bravo was originally for artsy films, yet they show crap like Law & Order? Seriously, what happened?! As for anime, I don’t follow the subculture as a whole, but instead I like some select animes like the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. I’ve even built my own share of Bandai Gundam models.
Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I present: that time when Baron von Brunk met the guy who played Gary from “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”.
Favorite TV shows:
King of the Hill, Bottom, To Catch a Predator, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Salute Your Shorts, The Kids in the Hall, Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, G-Gundam, Doug, Wacky Races, Dastardly & Muttley, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, The Sifl & Olly Show, Filthy, Rich, & Catflap, Cartoon Sushi, Liquid Television, The A-Team, Hogan’s Heroes, The Transformers (1984-87 series), The Young Ones, The Ripping Friends, Sealab 2021, the History Channel (well, I used to; you know, before those damn hillbilly shows), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (U.K. and U.S. — emphasis on the U.S. one), Futurama (original four seasons), 1992-2003 era Simpsons, Beavis & Butt-head (original ’90s series), Monty Python’s Flying Circus, MacGyver
My musical tastes can basically be summed up in most heavy rock made between the ’60s and ’90s, ranging from Black Sabbath to Alice in Chains — and in between, a strong preference for ’80s metal such as Anthrax, Judas Priest, Saxon, Iron Maiden, and Motörhead. I don’t limit myself to one genre or style, as you’ll see on my iTunes, I have oldies from The Drifters, Sam & Dave, ? & the Mysterians, or Paul Revere & The Raiders, and even folk music by Jethro Tull or Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Let’s not forget my extensive library of classic scores, movie soundtracks and classic country/western ballads! Did somebody say C.W. McCall!? I also have a soft spot for ’80s new wave occasionally; sometimes I’ll put on an ’80s playlist whilst constructing my LEGO models. But honestly, though, when I’m at work, my music is practically permanently set to Motörhead, Monster Magnet, and Judas Priest. I never (willingly) listen to the radio, I am almost 100% shunned from MTV and any new musician, and I deliberately avoid peoples’ attempts at introducing me to new bands.
Emo, techno, hip-hop, and dubstep are ear poison as far as I’m concerned (especially dubstep: I don’t even know how that qualifies as music). I take my musical tastes very seriously; I’m not some douche hipster that tries to make ironic statements by satirically pretending to like a certain style of music, nor am I one of those dolts who goes to karaoke and sings boy band songs out of key to be funny. You’ll learn that I’m a very black-and-white person with no sense of satire: if I hate something (i.e. music), I’ll just say “this sucks” and turn it off — I won’t laugh and pretend to dance to it to make a stupid Vine or Instagram video. You will never under any circumstance find me making lighthearted references to skanky pop stars, who shall remain nameless so that their names shall not appear anywhere on my site. I’m actually very serious about this: I hate every band and every musician you probably like. No. Seriously, that “Lady” does not have any talent. I get so serious that when someone references a pop diva on social media, I unfollow them.
The man behind the mask himself: David Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of GWAR in September 2011 (R.I.P.)
AC/DC, Accept, Aerosmith (original stuff), Alice in Chains, The Animals, Anthrax, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Black Sabbath, Cornbugs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Duran Duran, Dio, The Doors, The Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple, Frijid Pink, Ennio Morricone, GWAR, Green Jello, Gustav Holst, The Hollies, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Johnny Horton, John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, John Philip Sousa, Joe Walsh, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Manowar, Metallica, The Moody Blues, Kiss, Mercyful Fate, Motörhead, Monster Magnet, Nazareth, Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Offspring (first two albums), Pink Floyd, Quiet Riot, Rainbow, Ramones, The Raymond Scott Orchestra, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Skid Row, Soundgarden, Styx, Saxon, Spooky Tooth, S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death), Scorpions, Spike Jones & His City Slickers, Stone Temple Pilots (first two albums), Ringo Starr (not a Beatles fan, but Ringo’s solo stuff is pretty good), Tears For Fears, Tom Waits, Thin Lizzy, Tesla, Twisted Sister, Three Dog Night, Van Halen, The Ventures, Wesley Willis, The Wesley Willis Fiasco, The Who, Warren Zevon
- The first ever concert I attended was Black Sabbath featuring Godsmack, at Hershey Park Arena in 1999.
- I totally saw Black Sabbath with Ozzy for a farewell concert at the Mohegun Sun casino in Connecticut in 2016.
- In the summer of 2012 I saw Roger Waters perform an epic Pink Floyd: The Wall concert at Yankee Stadium.
- My parents’ first date movie was Pink Floyd: The Wall in 1982, when my older sister Mary was conceived — hence I owe my existence to that band.
- When I was a 14-year old paperboy, I would carry a cassette Walkman on my route and listen mainly to Metallica tapes.
- I use an iPod Classic as a primary music source, solely because other MP3 players are inferior, and I refuse to use my smartphone as a music device (it’s just more convenient to keep them separate entities).
- I own a ton of old records for sake of having old collectibles. I do in fact have original presses of Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, most Black Sabbath albums, most Jethro Tull albums, and even a rare Styx picturedisc.
- My workout playlist at the gym consists of speed metal, some punk, and ’80s movie themes.
- Prior to when MP3 players (or mobile devices) became the dominant form of musical media, from the early-to-mid 2000s I’d burn mix CDs each known as “CDs of Justice”. I believe the final CD of Justice was CDOJ 27, burned in late 2006. My collection of CDs of Justice that I transported was known as my “Stack of Wax”.
- One of my close childhood friends is Skot Shaub of the comedy rock band Testosteroso. I’ve known Skot since 5th grade, and throughout our friendship we’ve been mutual creative inspirations for each other’s work. He’s an aspiring cartoon animator who creates his own soundtracks — you should check out his work:
With movies, I like a lot of old war and western films, especially the real Spaghetti Westerns by Sergio Leone. I’m honestly not as big of a movie geek as my friends are, thus my DVD collection is minuscule and simply limited to the stuff I enjoy the most like The Leone “Dollars Trilogy”, Back to the Future I, II, and III, Jaws, RoboCop, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Patton, Stalag 17, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, Predator, Ghostbusters, the real Star Wars Trilogy (no prequels) and likewise. Despite the fact that I’m a history nerd with a fascination for Viking mythos, I actually don’t like any of the Lord of the Rings films — albeit I’ve known about the books long before the movies were made, and even then I disliked the books. I’m just seriously not into fantasy stuff in general. A lot of geeks of my gentry are usually shocked when they learn about how I’m not a fan of a lot famous films commonly associated with the geeky subculture; you’d be surprised. I don’t even like Harry Potter either — I just never cared for it. No bones about it: cinema perfection was achieved in 1986 when the greatest film of all time was released. Yes, I’m talking about none other than The Transformers: The Movie — which is to me the only real Transformers movie I will ever acknowledge (aside from the made-for-TV miniseries movies about the resurrection of Optimus Prime).
Michael Bay‘s Bayformers movies are not related to the franchise that I know and love. I’m serious. Megatron transforms into a Walther P38 pistol, not some CGI spiky alien jet piece of crap thing. No.
The Transformers: The Movie (greatest film ever. Seriously), Slap Shot, Patton, Jaws, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986), Predator, Swamp Thing, The Great Escape, The Longest Day, Stalag 17, A Fistful of Dollars, The Blue Max, The Warriors, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Billy Madison, Clash of the Titans (1981), the original Star Wars Trilogy, The Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz, Back to the Future (1, 2, and 3), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starship Troopers, Beetlejuice, Dumbo, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Victory Through Air Power, Goldeneye, Weekend At Bernie’s, Spaceballs, Planet of the Apes (original), RoboCop, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Wayne’s World, Death Wish, Goldfinger, Moonraker, Battle of the Bulge, Tron, The Big Gundown, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, The Blues Brothers, Rocky IV, 633 Squadron, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, Happy Gilmore, The Dirty Dozen, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
- I saw the 30th anniversary release of Ghostbusters in the theater in 2014.
- I met Steve Buscemi on the set of Nurse Jackie in 2010. I’m completely dead serious — and we discussed briefly his role in The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
- I’ve never seen the LEGO Movie, nor do I plan on it. This may shock a lot of my fans, but to be honest, I’ve never seen the appeal in it. Contrary to what many think, being a fan of a certain franchise doesn’t mean that I blindly follow everything associated with it. In my opinion, the time I’d spend watching the LEGO Movie could be used to do something more productive like actually building models and taking pictures.
- One of my closest friends is an indie filmmaker named Mike Lombardo of Reel Splatter Productions. Back in Lancaster I helped him out with a lot of his movies, and even today I continue to assist with making props and graphics. He specializes in low-budget horror, and you should definitely check out his work: