citriccomics asked: What influenced your latest main series of comics about Psychic Detective, did the character come before the idea of his occupation? Was there something about the idea of a character who is nearly omniscient?
Hey Ian! The character was born out of a stupid gag strip, I just came up with the dumbest idea for a TV show, a detective that already knows everything about everyone. Then it grew as you said, omniscience seemed like a perfect vessel to convey the swinging between boredom & pain. Also, it made sense to keep his backstory completely incoherent and vague in contrast. I wanted to make a series of strips that make no sense on their own but (hopefully) form an open-ended story when read together. (By the way, readers, check out Ian’s comics, his teen cats are great).
Anonymous asked:You and I are getting married someday. Thought I’d let you know.
Anonymous asked:um.. just a question. Where did you go for art school? and how was it?
Uh, I already answered this several times. It was like greasing a rubber pigeon.
Anonymous asked:I have decided that I’m going to be your best friend. How I’m going to go about doing this, I’m not sure yet, but it’s going to happen. You will love me.
My 24 hour comic book day story, Impressions of Impressions of Africa. It wasn’t as painful as I’d anticipated and I met some neat people during the first ~10 hours at Mission Art & Comics where I finished most of the pen & ink pages. Then I went home for a quick nap before drawing the rest. The quality is obviously lacking and the lettering is partly unintelligible (sorry about that), but it was at the very least a truckful of good drawing practice. The last wordless brush bits were the easiest and towards the end I’d spend just 10-20 minutes on a page.
The story was entirely improvised & inked right away panel-by-panel with no planning and minimal sketching. Some compositions and layouts turned out clumsy and awkward that way, but it’s the writing that suffered most—it’s dull, repetitive and ranty. Pretty much how I speak in real life. I always wanted to do a direct stream-of-conscienceness comic, so 24hr comic day was a perfect opportunity. In the end I couldn’t help replacing 3 pages bringing the total labor count to 27 and I’ll probably be deeply upset by every line in a day or two.
(Semi-) related questions:
Anonymous asked: Dude. Do you have any friends, like, close friends? The kind you can talk to about anything? Or a girlfriend (or boyfriend, whatever you’re into)? Or someone? You seem to have such a forever alone mindset. It’s kind of sad.
Of course not, I wouldn’t be drawing long conversations with imaginary friends otherwise, would I. I have some cartoonist friends that I love dearly, but no one I actually ‘open up’ to. Which is good, I’m a colossally boring shit when I ‘open up.’ And yes, it is kind of sad, but so is life.
Anonymous asked: How tall are you?
Oh go away.
Anonymous asked:It disgruntles a little me that I will never get the chance to get to know you and see if you’re as awesome as you seem online.
I’m a shockingly normal person in real life, some people have been bitterly disappointed by my nauseating niceness at various zinefests. I die inside with every smile.
Anonymous asked:Reading your blog makes me feel less alone. Your whining, self-loathing, shame, feeling like you’re a failure and wasting your life away… I know a lot of people feel that way, but the way you talk about it is so familiar to me. It’s like reading a diary almost. I wish I could talk to you and see if we could get along. I’m going to stop being creepy and pathetic now. Sorry. Bye.
Oh thanks! Hope you’ll like my 24hr comic then, it’s almost entirely whining & ranting and more whining. I’m already ashamed of everything in it, but at least it’s pretty honest. It will be fun to read the thing some years later and remind myself of all the pretension and misery of the past.
There are some more questions, I’ll answer them later. Thanks for attention!
John Martz, a fantastic Canadian cartoonist/designer/illustrator melted my heart over and out by supporting my kickstarter thingy, so for his reward I decided to do a little tribute to his strip Machine Gum. Of course I utterly failed to capture John’s deceptively simple style, but it’s the attention whoring that counts, right. Maybe I’ll do another one if I find time.
Bildingspaffa. I was left sad & brushless in LA so I decided to ink all this vomit with copic pens. By the way, I drew this (and a couple of other things) in the company of Hellen Jo (witnessed her drawing one of her pretty ladies: magic! pure!), Calvin Wong, Frank & Becky (enough namesdropping), JR Goldberg and a truckload of other talented people, which was great & motivating. Miss them all dearly. I wish I had more cartooning frenz in SF.
My kickstarter is almost over, thanks everyone for support!
EGAD, one of my favorite cartoonist Vincent Giard sent me this beautiful drawing of my Psychic Detective! I’ve been a fan for centuries, so I’m touched beyond all measure. His blog is also mirrored on tumblr here. Vincent’s art is so gorgeous and original, it’s unlike anything in modern cartooning. Absolutely genius. And he has a great taste in literature!