Dueling Diary: CM Punk and Chris Jericho, Day 2

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March 29, 2012

Punk culturePUNK CULTURE, 3:12 p.m.
After swishing his fresh fruit and veggie cocktails, CM Punk advances past his XBox, couch crevices overflowing with wrestling DVDs – Night of Champions 2011, the latest “Stone Cold” home video release, “Bending the Rules” and classic Hart footage – plus, notably, a Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living action figure that “guards the bus.”

This indiscriminate litany of baubles is just the beginning. Open his closet and you expose a pop culture porthole. Among the vortex: a trio of plastic monster masks including a Bela Lugosi-like Dracula; two stacks of hardcover comic book collections (a.k.a. “trades”) written by the likes of Mark Millar and one of Punk’s personal favorite (and oft tweeted) writers, Ed Brubaker; personal X-rays; and, somewhere under it all, his 2011 Slammy Award.

CM Punk reads his comicsBED TIME STORIES, 3:25 p.m.
The caboose of the coach contains a comfortably sized bed where Punk perhaps spends more time reading than sleeping. He scoops up “Locke & Key,” plucks out a plane ticket bookmark – a time capsule to be discovered during future re-reading – and enjoys a few pages. The wild imagery isn’t unlike that found in another favorite tome of his called “With the Light of Truth” by friend Dan Smith, which features the art of straight edge tattoo artists.

Running on little more than two hours of sleep, The Second City Savior savors each panel without looking a bit tired, despite what you may think.

“I just have bags under my eyes because I have bags under my eyes,” he states.

Given his described inability to maintain “ordinary” sleep patterns, the WWE Champion explains that he winds down most frequently with his eyes fixed on the pages of books or graphic novels. Collections like “100 Bullets,” “Preacher,” “Ex Machina” and “Y: The Last Man” have kept Punk company on planes, buses, trains and more for a number of years.

“I’m a writer guy; I’ll read whatever [books] certain guys write,” Punk asserts. “I’d love to [write a comic]. I’ve got a couple of ideas. I’ve talked briefly about doing a Thing one-shot because of the battle cry, you know, ‘It’s clobberin’ time.’ I’ve also got a couple of Punisher stories in my head to tell.”

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