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Born: 1956-01-02
Profession: Cartoonist
Nation: American
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My goal on my bucket list is to write a romantic comedy movie.

Tags: Goal, Romantic, Write

My mom didn't want me to go to college. She didn't want me to read - when I read, I may as well have been holding a pineapple.

Tags: College, May, Mom

People think that whatever I put into strips has happened to me in my life.

Tags: Life, Put, Whatever

Race and class are the easiest divisions. It's very stupid.

Tags: Class, Race, Stupid

Remember how you used to be able to feel your bed breathing and the walls spinning when you were a kid?

Tags: Able, Remember, Used

Sometimes I think I'm the craziest person on the planet.

Tags: Craziest, Planet, Sometimes

The library was open for one hour after school let out. I hid there, looking at art books and reading poetry.

Tags: Art, Poetry, School

The strips are nearly effortless unless I am really emotionally upset, a wreck.

Tags: Unless, Upset, Wreck

There was a beautiful time in the beginning when I just did it and didn't analyze the consequences, but I think that time ends in everyone's work.

Tags: Beautiful, Time, Work

Whenever I do a book, I'm usually guided by a question or something that I'm trying to tease out.

Tags: Book, Question, Trying

I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks like his voice is coming out of my mouth.

Tags: Mirror, Playing, Song

I've gotten a lot of livid letters about the awfulness of my work. I've never known what to make of it. Why do people bother to write if they hate what I do?

Tags: Hate, Why, Work

It's one thing to have a relationship, to lay your hands on it, and another to make it continue and last. That's something I haven't talked about much in my comic strips, and it's certainly something I'm interested in.

Tags: Another, Interested, Last

Part of a horror movie has to be a bit fakey for me to really enjoy it. The new ones are so realistic that they distract me from the ride through the horror.

Tags: Bit, Enjoy, Movie

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.

Tags: Love, Time, Track

If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time.

Tags: Humor, Time, Try

I do love to eavesdrop. It's inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk.

Tags: Love, Matter, Talk

Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time.

Tags: Beautiful, Humor, Time

I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up.

Tags: Funny

If I had had me for a student I would have thrown me out of class immediately.

Tags: Class, Student, Thrown
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I started doing cartoons when I was about 21. I never thought I would be a cartoonist. It happened behind my back. I was always a painter and drawer.

Tags: Behind, Started, Thought

I used to live a very social life and never spend much solitary time looking at birds or reading.

Tags: Life, Time, Used

In life there are always these things happening if you can just get the joke.

Tags: Happening, Joke, Life

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.

Tags: Cigar, Love, Smoke

I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking.

Tags: Funny, Great, Women

Cartoonist was the weirdest name I finally let myself have. I would never say it. When I heard it I silently thought, what an awful word.

Tags: Name, Thought, Word

For horror movies, color is reassuring because, at least in older films, it adds to the fakey-ness.

Tags: Color, Movies, Older

Going on Letterman is like going off the high dive. It's exhilarating, but after a while it wasn't the kind of thrill I enjoyed.

Tags: After, Off, While

I am not sure how much I would like being married if I wasn't married to him. A man who likes flea markets and isn't gay? I knew I was lucky.

Tags: Gay, Him, Married

I found myself compelled - like this weird, shameful compulsion - to draw cute animals.

Tags: Cute, Found, Weird

I go to work the minute I open my eyes.

Tags: Eyes, Open, Work

I grew up in a house that had a whole lot of trouble. As much trouble as you could imagine.

Tags: House, Trouble, Whole

I live in constant fear of being fired or dropped for that dark part of my work I can't control.

Tags: Control, Fear, Work

I look crazy. I know I do. Been true since I was a kid!

Tags: Crazy, Since, True

I remember my comic strips being called 'new wave.' It bugged me.

Tags: Comic, Remember, Wave

I run a tight ship, but I try and make it seem like I'm not doing that at all.

Tags: Run, Seem, Try

I was unable to sleep and I would stay up and draw these little cartoons. Then a friend showed them around. Before I knew it I was a cartoonist.

Tags: Friend, Knew, Sleep

I wasn't afraid to be laughed at or be loud.

Tags: Afraid, Laughed, Loud

Love will make a way out of no way.

Tags: Love
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