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Barney Calhoun
Placeholder person
Series Life with Lamarr
First appearance Window Pain
Appearances Book One: The Headcrab King
Book Two: The Free Children's Commune
Book Three: Land Sakes
Book Four: The House of Longfigger
Book Five: El Headcrab Gigante

Barney Calhoun is the companion and guardian of Isaac Kleiner. In the LWL universe he is in his early thirties, of Irish descent and exceedingly partial to large quantities of alcohol. He does not appear to have worked since leaving Black Mesa and seems to be living off of Kleiner's slender means when the comic begins. Characteristics that set him apart from a simple scrounger is his bravery and his loyalty and deep and confusing love for Kleiner. Barney is not gay in the strict sense, and has had numerous relationships with various women but nevertheless is strongly attracted to the scientist.

Barney's rather ambiguous sexuality is deliberate.

"I felt, reading things like X-Men and so on that when they introduced a gay character, they did so relegating him into a minor role and then stood there awaiting hearty backslaps for allowing him to be there at all. It's always possible to look at a comic's line-up and say 'and this one's the gay one'. Well that's a bunch of horsecrap, because human sexuality is way more complex and multi-layered than that. Sure, there's plenty of grade-A gays, but there's a lot more people who are confused, have dabbled, have gone being happily married for 25 years and then suddenly fancy their new same-sex friend and I wanted my version of Barney to reflect all that, as well as be right there in the lead role - and Life with Lamarr, despite the name, is basically about Barney. I'm also not ashamed to admit that having a omni-sexual character was strongly influenced by seeing Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who - he's as cool as hell!" - Co McPhee

Character HistoryEdit

Pre-Life with LamarrEdit

Fonzie <(This Wiki needs work, get to it you rapscallions!) (Yes sir!)> Cunningham


Book One: The Headcrab KingEdit

Fonzie <(This Wiki needs work, get to it you rapscallions!) (Yes sir!)> Cunningham


Book Two: The Free Children's CommuneEdit

Fonzie <(This Wiki needs work, get to it you rapscallions!) (Yes sir!)> Cunningham


Book Three: Land SakesEdit

Fonzie <(This Wiki needs work, get to it you rapscallions!) (Yes sir!)> Cunningham


Book Four: The House of LongfiggerEdit

Fonzie <(This Wiki needs work, get to it you rapscallions!) (Yes sir!)> Cunningham


Book Five: El Headcrab GiganteEdit

Fonzie <(This Wiki needs work, get to it you rapscallions!) (Yes sir!)> Cunningham

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