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Drummer, Chef & Comic Book Expert: The Manic World of Worthologist Matt Baum

by WorthPoint Staff (10/03/12).

Matt Baum, WorthPoint’s expert on all things comics, is alto the chef at the French Bulldog in Omaha, Neb., and is driven by his three passions—food, comic books and music. (Photo: Chris Machian/The World-Herald)

If you have been reading Matt Baum’s Comic Book Speculator column in WorthPoint over the last four-plus years, you already know that’s he gets more than a little excited about comic books. But you may have had the wrong impression about him, thinking that comics were the man’s whole life.

Not so, writes Kevin Coffey of the Omaha (Neb.) World Herald, who profiled him recently. In addition to his comic endeavors, Baum is equally proficient with a drum sticks or a spatula:

Baum playing drums with Desaparecidos, with whom he was played across the country and even some international gigs. (Photo: Chris Machian/The World-Herald)

‘If it’s on a dinner plate, on a printed page or coming out of stereo speakers, Matt Baum wants to know about it.

He wants to talk about it.

He wants to do it.

His life, when he’s not with his wife and their two pugs, is taken up by one of three things: food, comic books and music.

“I’m trapped by my passions,” the Omahan said, laughing. “I’d probably be healthier without these things.”

On a given day, you may see him cooking at the French Bulldog, a new Dundee restaurant, drumming with the recently reunited indie rock band Desaparecidos or spouting off opinions about comic books on the “Two-Headed Nerd” podcast.

Baum, 37, calls it “adult attention deficit disorder.” He can’t focus his energies into any one thing. Really, he’s just doing what he loves to do.’

To read the whole article, click here. To read this week’s edition of The Comic Speculator, click here.

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