Contrivia Co-Founder and Managing Editor – Mike Greear hates talking about himself. Mike Greear especially hates talking about himself in the third person. Mike Greear is not The HULK and he is not schizophrenic. If he likes you enough, Mike Greear might tell you that he is a freelance journalist who graduated from the University of West Florida (it’s real, Google it), where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Voyager. And how after graduating he spent some time at Foster’s Daily Democrat in New Hampshire and at the Pensacola News Journal before moving to The City with W. Paul Smith to pursue his passion for creating comic books.
He’d also tell you that in addition to journalism and comic books, Mike Greear likes to sing and play the guitar, and has been in a few punk bands, including one that he’s currently playing with in New York called The Sugar Skulls. He won’t, however, mention that he practices zazen meditation, or that his worldview is predicated upon his study of Zen Buddhism. That you have to coax out of him. Or just ask him what that dark blotchy tattoo is on his left forearm. It’s not a bell with a penis on it. It’s Buddha.
All of this is great and all, but what you should really understand about Mike Greear is that he hates sleeping. He hates the going to bed part, where you have to concentrate on something quiet and hope that your brain doesn’t keep poking you and asking you to check out this new thing it just found inside of itself. He hates the waking up part too, where everything is achy and smelly and nothing makes sense and your brain has decided that it is done with you until around 4 p.m. Mike Greear hates sleep. Hates it. That’s why he agreed to start Contrivia with Paul. Because that way he won’t have to sleep. And that’s why he’s awake, right now, at 2:30 in the morning. Talking about himself. In the third person.
Contrivia Co-Founder and Managing Editor – W. Paul Smith is a human-shaped thing that is equal parts writer, journalist, filmmaker, agnostic esotericist and charlatan.