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Born: 1974-09-01
Profession: Cartoonist
Nation: American
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I take little bits and pieces of ideas that I may or may not believe in but I give them to this character and he runs with them. I have fun with however he handles the situation.

Tags: Character, Fun, May

In pre-school, I was drawing dinosaurs - I was huge into dinosaurs. I wanted to be a paleontologist, not a cartoonist or a filmmaker or anything like that - just a paleontologist. So I would draw dinosaurs.

Tags: Draw, Drawing, Wanted

It's very strange to go from being completely secluded and doing your own work for yourself, to having an audience - and having an audience that's aware of what you do and expects you to do things that they like. It can make things difficult.

Tags: Strange, Work, Yourself

Retro looking stuff but a lot of these guys doing these shows are my age or younger. I was just disgusted. I hated being around that kind of thing. Not that it affected what I did because when it comes down to it I was doing my own show.

Tags: Age, Looking, Show

When I'm writing the book I'm laughing at just how overblown the characters seemed. How full of himself he seems. But I didn't get far enough in the series to really drive the joke of it home.

Tags: Book, Home, Writing

I'm definitely incredibly attracted to the aesthetic of what is typically deemed goth stuff, but. A lot of my experience growing up was in being around that kind of thing, and it's just what sinks into a person's brain.

Tags: Brain, Experience, Growing

I don't want little kids reading my comics.

Tags: Comics, Kids, Reading

I think there is something a little too self conscious about enjoying being an outsider.

Tags: Conscious, Enjoying, Self

It's sort of what the Johnny and Devi stories are about, the idea of always being a slave to something.

Tags: Idea, Slave, Stories

Why does this person who is sitting behind a desk and never watches cartoons is arguing about what cartoons should be like. Its so creepy realizing that this person is a lunatic.

Tags: Arguing, Behind, Why

All the power to them but I'm not interested in making yet another show that looks like some other show.

Tags: Another, Power, Show

At this very moment I'm behind on a compilation that Slave Labor is doing for Free Comic Book Day.

Tags: Book, Free, Moment

But now I have a lot of little kids who watched Invader Zim whenever they could find it on television.

Tags: Kids, Television, Whenever

I don't go to things because I want to see violence, I go to things because I want to see them handled well.

Tags: Handled, Violence

I don't like it when people dress up like Zim, because they look like Hulks.

Tags: Dress

I'm just doing little bits and pieces for other magazines right now.

Tags: Bits, Magazines, Pieces

In certain ways it is incredibly damaging considering the stuff I did before certainly wasn't for kids.

Tags: Kids, Stuff, Ways

It's cool that people like what I do, but I don't work for the audience.

Tags: Audience, Cool, Work

After doing Johnny I wanted to just do something, I wouldn't say innocent, but to not have any care in the world. Lots of setups and horrible happenings but its funny.

Tags: After, Care, Funny

As I got farther and farther along in the series I did less and less preparation. I didn't use outlines or sketches. I just had a vague idea of what I wanted to tell and then the dialogue just came to me as I was inking the page.

Tags: Idea, Tell, Wanted
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Because of the audience I get and the fact that these people aren't traditional comics buyers I don't think the comic industry looks at that and thinks that is a very respectable thing. I'm very used to it. I'm not the guy who wins awards and gets mentioned in magazines.

Tags: Fact, Guy, Used

But I couldn't draw as fast as she requested. Thus, I tried to create the worst abomination of a comic that I could, so as to make her not want comics anymore. That abomination, my friends, was Happy Noodle Boy.

Tags: Friends, Happy, Her

Ever since I'm done with Zim everyone thinks that I'm going to go back to comics. I've been flooded with emails asking me if I'm working on the new Johnny over and over again.

Tags: Done, Everyone, Working

Goth culture, as mired in the past as it is, even it goes through changes, so Goth when I was growing up is not what it is now. When I think of Goth culture as it is at the moment I think of mall culture.

Tags: Culture, Moment, Past

I could go through a lot of my old emails from when I first started doing comics. Back then the lowest age of fans was like 15 or 16 up to people in their 20's and 30's.

Tags: Age, Old, Started

I don't particularly dislike any kind of person that might be reading my stuff. They like it and that's cool, but I don't do the work for any kind of group in particular, except for hobos, who just plain kick ass and light up my life.

Tags: Cool, Life, Work

I don't really get hate mail, which surprises me, but people have better things to do than to write hate mail to somebody who writes a book about hating everything, I guess.

Tags: Book, Hate, Write

I got to draw monsters, robots and write funny stories. I loved doing that stuff and working with the actors. But it got to be less and less that stuff and more about trying to be everywhere and not being able to do one thing very enjoyably.

Tags: Funny, Trying, Working

I love the show and a lot of what came out of it, like some of the people I met and got to work with, but those were truly some of the unhappiest days of my life.

Tags: Life, Love, Work

I love zombies. I don't know how else to answer that... I have trouble falling asleep, so there are certain scenarios I use in my head to relax. I find sniping zombies very relaxing.

Tags: Else, Love, Trouble
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