I started blogging in 2008 because my journalism professor told me print media was dead, and I'll be darned if he wasn't exactly right. I started doing my own illustrations in 2010. The title of my blog is a reference to Cat's Cradle, although I've thought many times of changing it to something like: Too Old To Go To Warped Tour, Too Young To Die or something like that.
Here is a very brief list of the things I've written that have seen the light of day.
A sample of my comedy stuff is found on my YouTube channel. My comedy bio is:
- "Jesse Barben is a comedian from Albuquerque, NM. He uses personal stories and observations to explore the dispiriting process of growing up and growing older. Alternately dark and optimistic, he rattles off deadpan jokes on topics ranging from raising multiethnic children to open relationships to pizza. He got his start in the rural potato town of Rexburg, ID at a little show called Sit Down For Stand Up. He subsequently spent time in the Cleveland, OH comedy scene and was a featured performer at Make ‘Em Laugh Mondays at the Grog Shop."
Interests and HobbiesI enjoy reading and absorbing different types of pop culture. Here is an exhaustive and ridiculous list.
I love ufology. I am not fully convinced myself, but the people who study UFOs are the coolest. Roswell, New Mexico is one of the coolest places ever. I recommend going if you get the chance, and if you can make it during the UFO festival, that is the best time to go.
I once won a blue ribbon at a county fair for a lemon meringue pie I baked. Weird, right? Sometimes I bake things. I wish I was good at making, like, healthy snacks instead, but I am what I am.
I have a beautiful wife and two sons, and doing the family thing has been surprisingly good so far. (This is only one line in my bio, but it is what I spend the bulk of my time doing and informs every ounce of my creative output, for better or worse.)
I'm pretty squeamish about digital privacy (listen to Note to Self!), so here and on social media I post minimal pictures of myself. I post illustrations of my wife and kids constantly, but I never post actual pictures of them for the following reasons:
- the internet is, like, 65% perverts (I'm exaggerating, but you gotta be careful, man)
- I think it's weird to pimp out your kids to promote your "brand"
I grew up in New Mexico, and I currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'll probably die in New Mexico, and they'll scatter my ridiculous ashes on the Rio Grande. I've also spent chunks of my life in Oregon, Idaho, and Ohio and loved each place.
Growing up I wanted to be a writer, stand up comedian, and rock star. I ended up a social worker because growing up is about having your dreams demolished. As you can see, I still try desperately to do the others when I have time. My creative interests outstrip my time and talent. And the internet distracts me a lot.
I'm a liberal and a registered Democrat and I try to be politically active and do my civic duty.