Let's see… I'm 6 feet tall, and weigh about 220lbs… though I am trying to loose. I have (receding) brown hair and blue/green eyes.
I don't smoke or drink, don't do drugs, and as of 2016, I stopped eating meat.
I was born, December 2nd 1975, raised and still live in Minnesota, only leaving for 4 years when I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. I don't stay in Minnesota because I love it here, but it's what I know.
My full legal birth name was Keith James Johnson – I dropped my last name for my art and writing. Now my full legal married name is Keith James Nickolaus-Johnson… more about that in a bit.
I'm a bit of a comic book, fantasy geek – hence the name of my website. While I don't get into every aspect of the "geek seen", most of my favorite interests have to do with some form of geekerie; just look at my favorites list below. I'm also a bit of a theatre geek. I enjoy a good musical, but more so, I enjoy performing in them.
My faith is very important to me, but the word “Christian,” has become associated with many things that are drastically inconsistent with the example of Jesus' life, which I feel Christians are to follow… THAT is what I believe is what it's supposed to mean to be a Christian. So I'm very cautious about identifing myself with that term these days. I don't believe Jesus was, a white republican... or democrate.
I believe in God, the maker of heaven and earth, of all that is. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who, for us and our salvation, came down from heaven and was born a man. For our sake he was crucified; suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven.
I don't profess to be a good Christian; like everyone, I'm a work in progress. I believe the Bible teaches each of us to consider ourselves the worst of sinners – and that's what I try (oh how I try) to do. And as the worst of sinners, I have no place to judge anyone, because I need to work on myself before I go butting in on anyone else's life.
I just try to treat everyone the way I want to be treated.
My family is also deeply religious and I'd like to talk more about them, but can't.
It's said every family has a black sheep, but mine has a pink one in me. If you haven't gotten it from anywhere else on my site yet, I'm gay, and I'd be lying if I said, my family didn't have an issue with everything I said above about my faith and also be comfortable with my sexuality.
I need to point out, my family… they aren't bad people. They don't hate me and I don't hate them. We love each other very much and only want what is best for each other; we just disagree on what is best for me. I'm not one for pre-arranged prayers, personally, I like to just talk raw and real with God. But this traditional prayer is absolutely perfect for how I try to deal with my family and the world at large.
I have had a number of people ask about me personally, so I created this page to answer some of the questions I've gotten, to give a little look at “me” rather than only my artwork. It's just the basics; give a little insight into me and some stuff I feel strongly about. If there's anything you'd like to know that isn't here, feel free to send me an email and ask. I try to be as honestly as I can.
Favorite Colour: MAROON
Favorite Food: I know, it's boring to say, but I love Pizza
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite TV Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel
This is John. He's simply amazing. We share a faith, and he's one of the sweetest, kindest, most talented people I know… and I think he's absolutely adorable. John is an avid Wizard of Oz enthusiast and has an incredible collection of Oz paraphernalia. He makes amazing crafts, cross-stitches and decorates our home strikingly for nearly every holiday, with an eye for colour I rarely see. He's also a gifted performer and director of theatre, and can sing beautifully.
I met John online sometime in late 2001 or early 2002. We went on a date (Arby's and a movie) and had a nice time but decided to just be friends, which is one of my favorite things about our relationship - it was founded in friendship. And that's all we were for about a year. But sometime in 2003 something happened; our friendship turned a corner and next thing either of us knew, we were dating until 2005, when I move in with him.
Now understand, to us, that was marriage. We didn't make any kind of deal out of it at the time. It wasn't legal for us to marry at the time and we didn't have any kind of ceremony because none of my family would come. We didn't even record the date. But sometime, about a year later, when my folks were still trying to talk me out of my "lifestyle choice", at some point the topic of marriage came up. I tried to explain that as far as we were concerned, John and I were married. But my parents explained why they felt a ceremony was an important part and you know what - they convinced me.
So John and I decided to have a ceremony. My family didn't attend of course, but that wasn't the point. John's family and our friends were there. We had the ceremony on October 14th, 2006, and have regarded it as our anniversary date since. In 2013 marriage for gay people was legalized and we had a tiny ceremony, in our living room with some friends (who also signed the marriage document as witnesses) and the pastor who led our ceremony in 2006. To us it was simply a legal extension of what we did back then.
Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that my relationship with my family has been significantly strained since the day I came out. I pray that soon they'll realize what I have about the issue, because they are missing out on getting to know a really neat person…
John and I have moved 3 times in the decade we've been together. We're still not sure if the place we're currently at is the home we'll grow old in, but for now, it is. Whatever the case, we're ever slowly trying to improve the place and whenever we make a significant change to it, I'll show it off here. Nothing yet though!
When I first met John, he had 3 cats and 2 dogs. Throughout the years since they've all past away. But John and I love animals, so we'll always have one. We thought we'd take a break after the last had passed, but less than a year later we addopted this sweetheart... Toto.
When I'm not drawing or painting, which I would do for fun even if it was my full time job, I enjoy a good book, movie or television show. John and I have an extensive collection of movies and music. And as I mentioned earlier, he and I are both fans of theatre – I know, two gay men interested in theatre, what are the chances?!
We even tried forming our own community theatre. Unfortunately we only produced 4 shows before we had to stop. Producing is a lot of work and we just didn't have the manpower or finances to continue. But I was incredibly proud of the shows we did do. Each was better than the last. Maybe someday we'll resume, but for now, we just like to perform and/or direct on occasion. Below are photos from some of our favorite productions we've been involved in.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ 2007
The first show John and I produced via our theatre group, 5th Season Entertainment.
John directed & played the Scarecrow, while I played the Lion
A Grand Night for Singing ~ 2008
The second show John and I produced via our theatre group, 5th Season Entertainment.
John directed. We both were featured performers
Barefoot in the Park ~ 2008
The third show John and I produced via our theatre group, 5th Season Entertainment.
This was my directorial debue. John played a small role that we couldn't fill.
Into the Woods ~ 2008
The fourth and final show John and I produced via, 5th Season Entertainment.
We directed it together. John was the Baker, while I played the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince.
I am the proudest of this show and it's a shame I don't have more photos from it.
Guys and Dolls ~ 2010
This one I was in by myself. Nicely Nicely Johnson was a role I'd wanted to play for some time. So when I saw the audition notice, I went for it. It was one of the best shows I've ever been in.
Annie ~ 2010
This show meant a bit more to John than it did me. It meant a lot to the young lady who was playing Annie, she and her family are friends of ours. John played Warbucks, while I was Rooster. I'll say this, it's a better show than most people give it credit for.
My Fair Lady ~ 2011
Higgans was one of John's dream roles to play, so when he got it, I went along for the ride and played Freddy Eynsford-Hill. It was a smaller role for me, but I got to sing a kick butt song. And John was phenominal as Higgans.
Little Shop of Horrors ~ 2011
I did this one by myself - Seymour was the only dream role of mine I've gotten to play so far... but it was an amazing experience. This wasn't "one of..." it was my favorite show I've ever been in, and I'd do it again if I could.
Madeline's Christmas ~ 2012
John took his first professional directing gig for this Children's Theatre production at the Phipps Center for the Arts. He struggled finding someone to fill the role of Harsha, so I helpped him out. It was a cute show.
The Best Chirstmas
Pagent Ever ~ 2013
John was rehired to do the next years Christmas show as the previous. This time I joined him as co-director.
The Rainmaker ~ 2013
The director of "My Fair Lady" was having trouble filling a couple roles in this production, so John and I helpped her out. And we're so glad we did. It was one of my favorite experieinces doing a show. John played Noah and I played File.
The Wizard of Oz ~ 2014
John and I teamed up again to direct this Children's Theatre production. It was probably the "biggest" show we've directed
And that's it... for now. John's been in a couple shows besides what's seen here, but we didn't get any photos from them. It's actually been a while since I've been on stage, but I'm selective about the roles I take - a show is a big commitment no mater what role you have. That said, I've been itching for some time mow to get back up on stage. I hope I can find the right show soon!
So, do you feel like you know me better now? Like I said at the top of this page, my life is pretty much an open book. So if there's anything you want to know, just ask.
~ See ya in the funny papers!